Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

In the garden at the Care Center at Rainbow's End

We knew Frances when we volunteered at Care

Our friends Rudy & Linda (& Cody)

Driving thru the piney woods leaving Livingston

The only load of trees we saw while we were here this...

Strange name for a town but notice this is where Texaco started

Quick view of Beaumont, TX

Our first view of a swamp

Entrance to Texas from Louisiana - notice the Texas star

The Sabine River - state line between TX & LA

We're in a new state!

Steepest bridge we've been on - in Lake Charles

Lake Charles

Rice fields

Crawdad traps in the rice field

They grow sugar cane here, too

A draw bridge over Bayou Vermillion

Bayou Vermillion

We're here!

Home for the next week

We enjoyed our short time in Livingston & our visit with friends Rudy & Linda. Yesterday we went to church with them & then they took us for a tour of the Care Center at the Escapee's headquarters. We volunteered at the Care Center in December 2011. A lot has changed since then - the center is now full & planning to add 4 more resident spots in order to accommodate more residents. They have a full kitchen staff & don't rely on volunteers to prepare the meals now. We were here as maintenance volunteers & they don't even have maintenance volunteers anymore. They've painted the Care facility & it really looks good. Linda & others fixed up the garden & it's very nice. We went to lunch at Joe's Italian Grill - so much food we took home enough to have a quick dinner this evening after our drive.

It rained during the night but stopped early this morning. We packed up early to hit the road between storms - but it didn't storm. We only had 1 little rain shower all day! We drove thru Beaumont & then hit stop & go traffic as we were approaching the bridge over the Sabine River - the state line between Texas & Louisiana. Just as we got to the flashing lights they turned them of & followed the wrecker hauling the wrecked semi truck & trailer off the bridge & into town. We enjoyed seeing changes from one state to the other - in the piney wood of SE Texas it was mostly tree farms & just across the river in Louisiana it was suddenly rice & sugar cane fields. And we still made it to Betty's RV Park around 1:00. Not a bad day's drive at all.

We have a nice corner spot in this very small rv park & our big windows face trees & decorated fence - bad for Callie who likes to see (& bark at) people/dogs/vehicles passing by - good for us that she can't see out. Ha! We were invited to happy hour at 4:30, which was followed by a Mexican potluck dinner. We'd eaten our Italian leftovers mid afternoon so weren't hungry but we did go to happy hour to meet our neighbors. Happy hour just drifted into the potluck & we were still sitting at the tables visiting. They have a nice friendly group here.

Don't know what we'll find to do this week but are looking forward to exploring the area & to seeing some friends from Livingston who now live in Lafayette which isn't far from here.

More later...

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