Larry & Cheryl's 2010 Travels travel blog

Fred Hartman Bridge

Crossing between Galveston Bay & Houston Lake

I believe this is Hog Island

Tankers along the bay

Many oil tanks in this area of the Gulf of Mexico

One of many waterways and canals

Plenty of lovely forest along Interstate 10

Crossing the Sabine River, dividing Texas and Louisiana

Sabine River

Welcome to Louisiana

Approaching the steep bridge over the Calcasieu River, LA

Casino along the river

Paddlewheeler along the river

Lake Charles

Louisiana forests

Larry enjoyed seeing this biplane

Large farm storage units near our RV park

Crawfish farm (floats for traps)


We left the Houston/Galveston area today to head towards New Orleans. It was hot and humid and we were driving with windows open not using the A/C. It wears me out, this humidity.

We crossed the Fred Hartman Bridge which is awesome. Our view from the bridge is of all the oil industry in the Galveston/Houston bay areas with it's tankers coming in and all the oil storage tanks along the shore.

After that, traveling on Interstate 10 we saw forests and marshes. We crossed the Sabine River which is the border between Texas and Lousiana. Next we were crossing the bridge over the Calcasier River at Lake Charles. When that bridge first comes into view it is quite shocking because it looks so very steep. My first thought was "we have to pull our rig up that grade?". But it may be an illusion because it wasn't as bad as I thought once we were on the bridge. Coming into Louisiana you are instantly aware that the state income is from the casinos and gambling halls, they are everywhere. Even at the fuel stops.

We found a nice family owned RV park called Quiet Oaks with full hook ups in our Escapees campground directory (also in our Passport America book) for 1/2 price. The owners were really nice people and the few campers in the park were very friendly. Larry disagreed with the name of the place "Quiet" because there was railroad tracks across the street which he heard during the night, I didn't.

The area was surrounded with farmland and ranches and "crawfish farms" which were ponds or marshes with floats marking the traps. I wonder if I will try crawfish? Hmmmm.

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