Ahhh, Lou-see-ana at last...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Where I stayed
Incian Creek Recreation Area CG
What I did
The Kent Plantion House

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Our drive yesterday was only about a hundred fifty miles, but the confusion for the last several miles made it longer.  We got a start, early, late, no matter in the morning and headed through Jasper, TX quickly, since it's so small.  The highways varied from nice four laners to narrow, shoulderless pathways. In Texas, they have frequent Picnic Areas, which are great for lunching, or just for a break.  The sign shows up at a mile beforehand.  However, it doesn't tell you which side of the road it's on.  Ya gotta be observant, I tell ya.

Right after we saw the Welcome to Louisiana sign, the roads went to hell.  Not literally, of course, but in a manner of speaking.  I have noticed that there are way more churches down here in the "Belt." Perhaps there's a connection in there somewhere.

It took us quite awhile to find a spot to pull over for lunch.  We finally found a large parking lot near a gas station with a good amount of room.  Just as I got parked, a truck pulling a trailer pulled up to pick up a tractor.  I got out to make sure that we weren't in the way.  The guy answered "No", when I checked, but had little else to share.  I did notice that he took a "dip" prior to loading the tractor, so I knew I was in the real down to earth southland.  A man after my own heart, fo' sho'.  We lunched and hit the narrow road again.

Alexandria Louisiana is east of where we're camping, by about fifteen miles or so.  We expected to head south from somewhere near there, but the Navigation Team of phone and tablet had other ideas.  We dropped down south and then east and then north before we finally found a spot to turn.  It didn't look right to me, since we hadn't seen any signs announcing the campground.  Lynn agreed that we should keep driving.  We did and soon found the sigh to the Indian Creek Recreation Area.  It's located on a huge reservoir, larger, in my estimation, than Canyon Ferry.

The gal at the check-in station was very friendly and told us to just drive around until we found a spot we liked and the come back and sign up.  We did.  We found a few lakeside sites that are pull-through sites. Some were not level enough side-to-side, but eventually we found one that could be made right. Lynn went back to sign up and I put a couple of blocks on the low side and Shorty sighed with relief. Much better on his spine, I reckon.

We got everything hooked up and just hung out and relaxed.  There are lots of birds here.  We saw a large blue heron on the small bay that we face.  It flew to the other side and landed.  Then it walked into an area of tall grass and relaxed too.  It was in the low seventies, so we opened up the vents and all and got good air flow with the nice breeze blowing off of the lake.  

Only a few folks are here.  During the week is the best time to find a good site and enjoy the quiet.  We tried to find some TV via the antenna, but had no success.  The internet via 3G on the Droid is very good, so both the Mac and the Nexus Tablet got a good workout.  Lynn is learning how to navigate the tablet very well now.  She enjoys keeping up on the news and searching for unknown things.  She gets the Helena IR in .pdf form each day too.  She's doing a bang-up job of answering her email.  Give it a try.  She'd love to hear from you. (Note: I tried to encourage folks in the past, but no takers.  Surprise me!)

We slept well.  The campground is lighted much like a Kmart parking lot, so there were no things bumping in the night.  

This morning we went into Alexandria to visit the Kent Plantation House and hopefully get in on a tour. It was near the lunch hour and the office was closed, so we just wandered around a bit.  I do have a problem with visiting such places.  The rich and the slaves...the whole concept really gets to me.  

We went to lunch at a recommended restaurant, the Cajun Landing.  Or server was happy to see folks from Montana and kept giving us extras aka "complimentary" things to try.  We had an excellent seafood bisque made with a roux.  It gave the liquid a gravy-like look and was extremely tasty.  The salad dressing failed, in my opinion, but I'm spoiled with "Fanny Doak's Blue Cheese Dressing" from the Golden Fleece restaurant in White Sulphur Springs.  We lived there when I taught in the seventies.

Lynn ordered fried oysters, which included vegetables and hushpuppies.  A "pistolette" was also included. It's a light colored roll which seems to have been deep-fat fried. It wasn't heavy or at all soggy.  Very tasty, indeed.

I ordered the blackened snapper.  It included rice and vegetables with a pistolette.  Coffee worked for me and Lynn, being a conservative, of sorts, had water.

We both cleaned our plates, unfortunately, in a manner of speaking.  It was a bit difficult to navigate out of the place. ;o)

We then went to Target shopping and then to Walmart.  I had checked out the reviews and was amazed at how positive the were about this W store. Shopping there was a pleasure.  The staff was friendly and helpful and the stock was better than I have ever seen.  Unbelievable!

We made it back to camp in spite of the crazy driving habits of the locals.  The turn signal seems to be quite optional here.  And they dart!  You just never know where they'll end up.  I saw one car move from the inside lane on a four lane road to the turn lane, across traffic, in a flash.  No signal, just speed...worked for him, but scared the bejesus our of yours truly.

For dinner we had nothing.  Lynn did have a bit of popcorn, but I'm still sated from lunch.

That's about it regarding the days here.  Most of the action that's going on is about our plans in the Florida Keys.  What to see...where to go...who's doing what...and I'm not involved.  I just sit back and listen, kinda, to the phone calls and nod my head.  Oh, I do smile and complain a bit, but to myself mostly.

So that's it for now.  I've taken a few pictures of the area and such and will post them next time.
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Mary C. on

I loved your commentary today, RBI....I don't know what it was about it....It was just a little different....I really got a picture of the characters you met...less about rocks and trails and more about the locals. You're good at it.

Dennis on

Of course we are still following travels. Your tow are modern day explorers. Just continue to,enjoy life as you have been doing.

photodon on

sanibel Island is supposed to be a great place for birding, if'n ya get down thata away.

Bonnie Johnson on

Am loving you sharing your trip with us. Ray was in the service in Louisiana for 6 months so he does not have to many fond memories of being there. I did not know you taught in WSS in the 70's. That is where my mom is from. Have a FUN day!!!

Virginia on

How many states have you not visited now. I sure envy you two and really enjoy traveling with you in my chair at home. Do you have Fanny's recipe for her salad dressing? I don't think I ever asked for it. Fool that I am, I had plenty of chances to do so. Sam stayed close to her from the time he left WSS in fact I think she is the reason he moved back there. Now that she's gone he's trying to sell the house and move to Townsend.

mike noble on

Ah the deep south....beautiful but reminders are there of the bygone times...If you can handle a Quintin Tarrentino movie, watch Django Unchained ( as he says, the D is silent)....up for an academy award....as is Lincoln and several others. Anyway, glad you are enjoying the "roads" and especially the food- though you always do. The walks in these campgrounds is what I always like the best. and gives one a chance to wear off the meals. Hey, no pics but the narrative is so descriptive that I see the pics in my head....or is that a 60s flashback.

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