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Sunday, July 11, 2010

On Vacation or Refugees?

There's been an awful lot of Louisiana license plates stopped in the North Conway New Hampshire area. It is a tourist town, but most out of state plates will be from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and New York. There are visitors from all over, but most come from the New England area. When locals see Louisiana plates are in abundance, they do wonder why.

It happened before, not long after Katrina. Some stayed until New Orleans was looking better. A couple people told me they'd rather put up with New Hampshire snow than see another hurricane. Those people now have New Hampshire plates on their car.

Now it is possible all those new visitors could just be on vacation -a statistical fluke. Maybe New Hampshire tourism officials are doing a better job.

However, it could be they decided to head for the hills and noticed that New Hampshire is hilly. There are some seasonal jobs in the North Conway area -temporary and low wages, but jobs none the less. Maybe they know someone who came here during the Katrina migration.

As I haven't had a chance to talk to any of them, this is just speculation.

Still, one more data point.



  1. Well if a few of them Cajuns settled, then family is going to come up and visit. Then if the GOM oil volcano killed their work, and they got family somewhere . . . they may just move in with their family.

  2. Would be interesting if some of those Cajun French mixed in with the local Quebec version we have around here. It would be the reuniting of a culture separated by 300 years or so.

  3. Interesting. Namenlos might be on to something there...

  4. Well one positive about them Old Acadians (the Cajuns, Quebec French are new Acadians) is if their is something y'all won't eat . . . they will turn into a gourmet dish. ;)

  5. Indeed they will. Ain't much I won't try to cook up my own self. Must be related to those Cajuns somewhere down the line. Always enjoyed the food down there.