Last Sunday we made the short trip from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, about 80 miles, this included a sixteen mile bridge over the many swamps of Louisiana. We spent four days at the Baton Rouge KOA, a very nice campground just east of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana. After we got set up we headed for downtown Baton Rouge mostly so that I could get a picture of the Louisiana Capitol building, my twelfth one, only 38 more to go. Baton Rouge is a really beautiful city right along the Mississippi River. It was easy to find the capitol building because with the 450 feet height and 34 stories it is the tallest of all state capitols. This is the first capitol building that we have actually entered and toured. Because if was Sunday afternoon downtown Baton Rouge was not crowded and we were able to find a parking place right in front of the capitol building. There are beautiful gardens surrounding the building. We notice several people entering the building so decided to check it out too. After a trip through a metal detector we were able to tour the first floor of the building which contained the chambers of the Senate on one side and the House of Representatives on the other, we could also take the elevator to the observation tower on the 27th floor. The building was absolutely beautiful and something Louisianans should be very proud of.
About two miles from our campground in historic downtown Denham Springs we found Antique Village where two blocks of the original downtown area has been restored and houses over a dozen antique malls and specialty shops. We went on Monday and found that only a couple shops were open so we went back on Tuesday to see the rest. One of the shops was located in an old movie theatre that if restored to its original condition would be quite a landmark unfortunately the inside of the building is in pretty bad condition. Bob would love to get his hands on that.
We didn’t go to the Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge because we planned to stay Wednesday and Thursday night in Biloxi, Mississippi where there are several casinos. On Tuesday night we received a message on Facebook that our site at Anchors Aweigh was ready and waiting for our arrival, so we decided to skip the stop in Biloxi and head on in to Foley early. I guess that probably saved us a little money that we will have for the bus trips we will take to Biloxi through the winter.
The reason we decided to come to Foley a little earlier this year was because this last weekend was the National Shrimp Festival that takes place in Gulf Shores just down the road from the campground. So on Friday we went to that, it was an absolutely beautiful day at the beach, just a little breeze so that the 85 degrees didn’t seem so hot. The weather has been perfect these last few days, but a cold front is coming through tonight and the temperatures will be a little cooler with highs in the 70’s, still the beautiful sunshine makes for pleasant days.
After staying at 26 different campgrounds in 7 states and putting a little over 4,500 miles on the motor home this summer we have settled in for the winter quickly. I did a little inside cleaning and Bob is working on the outside, after that is done we can relax………we are planning on spending six months at our winter home. I may not be posting quite so often but I will be sure to post any of our fun adventures as they happen.