Monday was move day…número uno. We woke to a soaked camp site. It rained relentlessly overnight, and guess what? No leaks in the closet! Let’s hope it stays that way!! Here is a shot of the site we were in from the rear. Thank goodness we were on a higher elevation spot:
We loved this park, and will return again if we are in the area. The bike trails are awesome. Our plan, as mentioned in the last post, was to stop at a Passport America park near Lake Charles, LA. Well, plans change! And that is what we love about this lifestyle!! We were on the road for a couple of hours, and the weather was, well, crappy. Wind and rain. So, we stopped at the LA welcome center just West of the Atchafalaya Swamp. What a treat that was. The people working there were great, and gave us a ton of ideas for touring the local area, so we decided we would use our Good Sam Discount and stay at a relatively higher priced RV Park called the Cajun Palms, near Breaux Bridge, LA, also known as the Crawfish Capitol of the World. This place is likely awesome during the summer. Many pools, exercise room, theater, swim up Tiki bar, etc. However, none of that was open, and they still were charging $35+ per night. Since we arrived early, we toured the local area, and learned some stuff. For example, if you go into the welcome center in Saint Martinsville and ask what there is to do in the area, and the person behind the desk says “nothin!” you may want to make other plans…so we did!! We drove the local countryside, and decided to stop at the campground office and ask them to rebate our four nights that we paid, as we decided we were leaving on Tuesday morning.
So, we went back to the Coach, and looked at some potential stops for Tuesday afternoon. We wanted to find someplace for at least a week, as I had some work to do, and the weather here (once again!) is supposed to turn to wind, rain and cold. Is it following us?? We decided on a couple of TX state parks, but were not able to make any reservations as it was too late, so we decided we would sample the local Crawfish fare and call when we were on the road in the morning.
We were lucky enough to be parked right next to Crawfish USA! What a kewl place, and apparently world renown…who knew??
When we got back, we had to send a weird shot to the grands:
We were up early (again! Dang it) and got the tanks dumped. We didn’t have sewer at Fountainebleau State Park, but the tanks were only about 1/4 full after our time there, so I conversed with Terri, and we decided we would wait until our next stop to dump. This was fortuitous, as the dump station at the park was closed for maintenance when we pulled out at about 0900.
Where did we go? Well, if you hold your horses I’ll tell ya! Like I mentioned, we looked at a few TX state Parks, and we wanted to check out the Stephen F. Austin State Park which is located in San Felipe, TX. San Felipe is just West of Katy, TX where one of Terri’s friends lives. It was further than we typically like to travel in one day, but it worked out well. We called the park at 0900 and they said we could only have Tues and Wed night because they were full for the rest of the week, as the Houston Rodeo is in town (a month-long event…this is Texas y’all.) OK…we do Tues and Wed night there, then go for a FamCamp either near the Guadalupe River where we need to be on the 11th, or head to San Antonio for the FamCamps there…but wait! Why not call the Texas State Park Reservation Line and see if they say something different??
Tech Tip: Call everyone you can, because you will likely eventually find the answer you are looking for, LOL! The guy Terri talked to said that we would be able to get Tues and Wed via the Park, and he gave us a reservation for the 5th through the 10th, which the park said they couldn’t do. It doesn’t stop there. We want to stay until the morning of the 11th, as it is only 185 miles to Guadalupe River, where will be from the 11th until the 26th. But..he said they are full on the night of the 10th! When we got to the Park, we paid for our TX State Park Pass ($70) which is well worth it. If you don’t have it, you are charged an extra $5 per person per day to stay. It is valid at all TX State Parks for a year. We paid for it just in this stay, as you get half price for three nights when you buy the pass, not to mention no $5 PP, PD! I asked if we could stay an extra night in order to leave on the 11th, and the nice ranger behind the desk said…nope, they are full…hahahaha, we will see about that! We got a nice pull through site for $22 per night in the middle of a huge Oak hammock. It is only 30 amp, but we have sewer, so we were able to do all of our laundry with the wash machine in the Coach since they don’t have a laundry here. This place is awesome! Hiking and biking trails, you name it.
After we got set up on Tues, we headed into Katy to meet up with Terri’s friend and had a great dinner with her and her son. Her husband is in the oil business, and currently stationed in Angola, where Terri’s friend is soon relocating to join him. We had a blast! On the drive back, we saw about 20 deer on the way into the park…hmmm, TX deer are pretty small in the Brazos River Valley apparently.
Oh yea, we wanted to be off the road for a while because the weather is supposed to be nasty again…our bad weather luck continues. It was almost 80 today with high humidity, and at about 6, the wind shifted North, and it is in the 40’s now with 25+ MPH winds…all awnings are in! Supposed to rain too! I also have some work commitments over the next few days as well, so we need to be stable.
This morning I was up early and took a drive around the local area. Pretty neat. Will explore it more. After a couple of work telecons, Terri and I explored some more of the Park.
So…since the predictors were wrong for the most part of the day, I had all the awenings out, and put up the flag and all. The “hawk” arrived at 6 as mentioned earlier and all is appropriately stowed.
Back to the Park thing…I stopped by about 4 today just to inquire if we might be able to squeeze one more day in here. Guess what?? Different Ranger, different answer! She clicked and clacked her computer and said, sure, you can have another night! So, we are good to go until we leave for Guadalupe River on the 11th.
I have a lot of work to do tomorrow, so Terri will head over to hang with her friend. I hope we can get to the Rodeo at least once.
Speaking of the weather…the wind has really picked up. The Coach readjusted itself twice during this post! That is some serious wind!
We also met some great folks from WI tonight, and also spent some time with our neighbors from Meridian, MS who just started the full-time RV life! What a blast meeting all these great people!
Oh yea…the Beard/No Beard update…the votes were dead on 50/50, which as the moderator of this contest allows me to declare that it will be what it will be. We will keep you posted on that aspect…hint, I HATE shaving every day.
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!