Lafayette, LA

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 13, 2010

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Acadian Park

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Because we're not due to check into our RV park in New Orleans, we found this little campground right in the town of Lafayette. Well, what happened was we were planning to dry camp at a Target or something in or near New Orleans. (about 4 hours down the road) We were heading eastward on the I10 and the rains came. We were warned of heavy rainfall because of Alex but I wasn't expecting anything like this. It was so heavy that I could no longer see 50' in front of me. The road had at least 2" of water and cars started crashing into the railings and off into the trees. Heading down the highway, we would look ahead of us and see, what looked just like a fog bank. Then drive into this wall of water. It was so crazy. It wasn't safe to pull off onto the shoulder because accidents were happening and I didn't want to get smashed into. I just turned my hazards on and, obviously, slowed way down. These rains came in 3 or 4 different waves. Finally, I found an exit to take and we pulled into a gas station to wait it out. Then lots of emergency vehicles started blowing passed us. We were about an hour from Lafayette so, after it eased up a bit, we decided to make a run for it.

Vonnie has become quite the navigator over the past month and guided us into this nice little (and cheap) campground. (water and electric for $13/night!) We got settled in then went and caught a movie (Eclipse) in town. While in the theater my 2 gas cans were snagged out of the back of my truck. They were tied in but not locked. I figured it's $10 worth of gas and a couple of $3 cans. Who the hell would go out of their way for that. I will be purchasing 3 more gas cans. 2 will be padlocked into the back of the truck. The 3rd will be left unsecured and will contain a concoction of 1 gallon gas and 1 lb sugar mixed well. 

The next day I got up and did a little exploring around the area. I found the bugs too large for my liking. Every path I took had these webs stretched across them with huge spiders, about the size of my fist, in them. I almost ran right into this damned thing. They were kind of camouflaged and It was hard to see them until you were right on them. I started waving a stick in front of me while walking down the trails. Probably looked pretty stupid. The bugs are big down here, like I've never seen before. You wouldn't believe how loud they are too. We turned a fan on in the RV to drowned them out so we could fall asleep.

Chula was trying to play with this weird looking thing like it was some kind of animal or something. What the hell is it?
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tona on

I'm glad you got through the bad weather ok. Those bugs don't look too appealing, but Chula probably thought it might be a good snack. I know Shadow eats flies and bees, crazy dogs. How's Sugar managing now?

mom on

Looks like a red winged katydid...if there is such a thing. Glad you survived the drive thru the rain without incident. I hope that's the last of the storm. Humidity never bothered me much either but I couldn't staighten my hair!
Chula doesn't look happy...we used to shave Ruff.
Have fun!

Bryan on

Bugs the size of a fist!? Yikes

Brian on

Looks like a Golden Silk Orb-Weaver and a Lubber grasshopper.

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