Vermilion Parish is the slightly-more-populated sister of Cameron Parish, with a mix of cypress swamp and prairie, and a lot of land taken up by sugar and rice fields, which exist alongside oil refineries and countless gas wells. Although Vermilion Parish is a coastal parish, no part of the beach itself is accessible by car. I usually stick around state highways 14 and 82, and towns such as Abbeville, Pecan Island, Gueydan, and Kaplan. Pecan Island is the most remote and least populated, but starting to gain popularity thanks to Liz and Jess, the alligator-killing mother-daughter team from the TV reality series "Swamp People." Gueydan is next up in size, with a population of about 1500, but every time I visit, it seems like the town has been completely abandoned (see "Main St." pic below). Kaplan has produced country singers, football players, and Espera Oscar de Corti, aka Iron Eyes Cody, the Native American impersonator who played the part of the "crying chief" in the 1970s "Keep America Beautiful" campaign.
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