We Visit Dirty Miller in Grand Chenier, Louisiana!


Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 40 miles from Holly Beach to Grand Chenier, Louisiana. The yellow line on the below Google Earth image shows our route…


The day started with a beautiful sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


The gulf was nearby on our right as we drove east along the shore route…


We were also on the Creole Nature Trail…



We took the ferry from Holly Beach across the Calcasieu Waterway 1/4 mile to Cameron on the far shore…



About 25 miles later we came to the Mermentau River Bridge where we stopped to take a few photos…





We started along this narrow road following the river shore…


About two miles later the road narrowed to a single lane and a sign saying PAVEMENT ENDS. I said to Mary…I don’t think I want to do this. Looking to the left we saw our only escape…a circular driveway…


As we made the circle we could hear someone shouting at us. I asked Mary we he said and she replied she did not know. So, I decided to stop…and that’s when we met him…DIRTY MILLER…a crazy, Cajun Coonass…


As we approached his shed…he shouted…it’s not done cooking yet! I asked him what was cooking and he replied…Cowboy Stew! With him was his girlfriend Rachael whom he calls Ray-Ray and several other friends. He introduced himself as Dirty Miller. His real name is Pravato Miller. He works for Cameron Parish and has lived there all of his life.

He explained the concrete slab in front of his shed covers the remains of his house which was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005…


Next thing we knew he was giving us the grand tour of his utility shed which includes among other things…a refrigerator, cooking stove, washer and dryer, a great sound system and numerous photos…



He had had a little to drink by then and kept repeating…I love life and having fun and I’m one crazy Cajun Coonass! He also told us that he was a guide who has had a number of famous people as clients…including Hank Williams, Jr.

He and the crowd were super friendly and a barrel of laughs. We were fast becoming friends…so much so that Mary shared a tobacco chew with him…


All the while the French Cajun Music was blaring away and dancing happened…


As time passed it was time for delicious Cowboy Stew and coleslaw…


As he was stirring the stew, I asked the ingredients and you can enjoy his Cajun accent by clicking this link…

He’s a gun collector and showed Mary the largest handgun made…a Smith & Wesson 50 caliber…


He wanted to show us how loud it was and we were absolutely amazed when he actually hit the beer can…


This dog wasn’t impressed…


Nor this dog…


He offered to show us the scenery along the gravel road that included cattle…


And lots of birds and ducks of which Mary took many photos…


By now we were fast friends…


He invited us to spend the night in his driveway…which we did. Here’s the dinette photo…


He and Ray-Ray insisted on cooking us a breakfast…


So at 6:00 AM they served us a tasty shrimp, crab and crawfish omelet complete with home-made hot sauce…


Here’s the view from Dirty Miller’s shed just before we left this morning…


Needless to say we had a ball visiting Dirty Miller and his friends. He really did not want us to leave and he actually had tears in his eyes as we made ready to depart.

A whole bunch of that great Louisiana Cajun hospitality. Thanks y’all for a great visit!

Enjoying meeting fun and interesting people is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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6 thoughts on “We Visit Dirty Miller in Grand Chenier, Louisiana!

  1. Philippe de Bersuder

    Your pics are super, your trip is super, you are super !

    Philippe from New Caledonia

  2. Brenda

    Just found your blog – I can’t wait to live the life in my RV. 34 months until retirement! Sooner if I can figure out how to do it financially. Love your blog!

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for your comment. Good luck on your retirement. Yeah, it’s a great life!

  3. joni miller smith

    I’m so glad y’all enjoyed y’all time with Dirty Miller or as I call him “Daddy!” Yes he’s my dad and so proud to be his daughter. He’s one of a kind and I love him to pieces! : )

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Joni,
      Thanks for your comments. We really enjoyed our time with him.

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