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

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Tickfaw State Park

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Saturday, January 26, 2013

What a WILD day, is what I'm sayin'...

It started out calmly in the quiet of the park.  We both took showers and got the rig ready to go.  It was cloudy and in the sixties, but calm.

Then we headed south to our next destination.  No problem... But, as soon as we hit I-10 the surface of the highway got worse than normal, even for Louisiana.  Concrete highway with seams about every eight feet. The sections were a bit tipped and caused a severe thump and jump at every one.  One of our cabinets, filled with spices, opened and "spiced up" the sink a bit.  Lynn quickly remedied the situation. After about twenty miles the surface turned to asphalt and all was good again.

We saw a sign that we were approaching the Basin Creek Bridge and speed limits for cars was sixty and trucks  fifty-five.  Interesting, non?  It's a unique bridge, mounted on pillars that are about thirty feet above the bayou.  The interesting part, is that it is eighteen miles long!  Nice surface, lots of traffic and beautiful scenery combined to make it a very pleasant trip.  

We stopped at Denham Spring to gas up.  I like the Pilot Stations, since there is lots of room to maneuver the rig.  This one, however, separated the trucks from cars.  It took us about twenty minutes to find a route into the car pumps. Fortunately we had stopped at a Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot and had a bite to eat.  Then, it was doable.  We needed about fifty gallons of fuel there. I had my handy dandy Pilot RV Frequent Fueler card and saved all of $1.24! It all helps, especially for a Scot like myself.

Soon we were just south of Baton Rouge and the traffic came to a standstill. At one point we were "parked" for nearly half an hour.  I assume that there was an accident ahead.  Then, all of a sudden it took off and we got off of the Interstate.  Lynn and the tablet routed us on an "alternate" route.  It wound on narrow two-lane roads through a small rural community.  Interesting again...

We got to the park fine and got parked and set up.  The folks were all outside and active, it seems.  It was seventy degrees out with nice sun, so I can see why.  But, whining here, they were all talking LOUD! ...We are spoiled, I guess, having been in parks farther away from large towns.  The local, locals are another breed entirely.  End of whine...

We'll be here for two nights.  There are trails along the Tickfaw River that we hope to explore and such.  More later...

Today, Sunday, we got an early start on our hike. It was foggy when I awoke, but shortly after Lynn got up it started to clear. The night was quiet, in a people sort of way, but there are frogs here. These don't croak, as such, but sort of chirp. It started at sundown and continued, in varying degrees until sunup. It's not annoying, just there. You'd really have to experience it to judge.

Hikes in the swamp are somewhat different. No, you don't get your feet wet. Many of the trails include long raised boardwalks, about six feet above the water's surface. You can see even more here in winter what with the absence of leaves on the trees. The one disadvantage is that the alligators are hibernating now. But, there are lots of fast-moving birds. In our three mile hike, I managed to capture one. It's a decent shot of a bird that I don't even recognize, but it's an attractive bird. My stress today was on shooting in a more artistic way, not just pictures of stuff to show you.

The main trail along the Tickfaw River is closed for refurbishment. They had flooding last fall and there's apparently much to repair on the trail. Another reason that the boardwalks are elevated, I assume.

We heard lots of birdsongs and sounds. No four-footed beasts of any ilk, however. We saw our first bamboo trees in the southland. We got confused and re-walked some sections. I kept track of our route and distance with the Droid, so we easily found our way. We met only one other hiker, a fellow from Montreal, Quebec. That's the part of the world that my paternal grandfather, Louis J., came from. This fellow was a photo-birder too, so we had a quiet visit. The boardwalks are slippery, especially in the shaded areas, due to the dew, so to speak.

On return to our site, we noticed that nearly everyone in sight was packing up and heading out for their homes. With a great view of the Dump Station, we got to see just how many folks were hitting the road.

I went outside to catch a bit of sun and "rest my eyes", and Lynn made another batch of her heavenly brownies. They've just been frosted and will be ready to sample after dinner, if she keeps an eye on them.

It's very quiet now. The Loud Talker from next site over has departed with flair and volume. The echo lingers on...

We'll be checking in later. Gracias for stopping by, Amigos. By the way, I'm also putting my pics up on Flickr, here>http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/, if you want a closer look. ;o)
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Debbie Shea on

Beautiful pictures, enjoy.
Maureen and I spent all morning digging driveways out from the snowfall we had last night. Too tired to even enjoy the beauty of the snow.
Hello to Lynnie

ferdie on

Guess I did not realizes Bamboo grows down there! Only an inch of stuff out here last night! I hope winter returns, maybe some snow on Tuesday! Enjoyed the swamp pictures, hope them gators keep snoozin'! How many brownies did Lynner get? Hugs

Mike Noble on

You accomplished your artsy look with your pictures....Nice! I remember those freeway sections along the Bayou. BTW--gas is slowly creeping up here too...tis the season. But then so is the stock market so I guess we make it up there. Your "strolls" /walks/hikes sound great. We walk a lot here now that most of the streets are cleared or ice but it is same ole same ole. Thanks for the great pics and rundowns of your journeys.

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