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Apr 28, 2013 - You can't go back

DeRidder, LA. Fort Polk is a United States Army installation named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, and a distinguished Confederate general in the American Civil War. The post encompasses approximately 198,000 acres. Jim was stationed here in the 70's. For some reason he felt nostalgic and wanted to tour it again. The army base has changed so much that he did not recognize a thing. In fact, the guard told us that there was only one barracks remaining from back then. We...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 27, 2013 - Acadia

DeRidder, LA. The Rip Van Winkle Gardens include the Joseph Jefferson Mansion which was built in the early 1870's. We toured both. What fascinated us, however, was a story. The property is atop a coastal salt dome on Lake Peigneur. The salt was mined, creating great caverns beneath the dome. On November 20, 1980, disaster struck. A Texaco drilling rig pierced one of the giant salt caverns. Then things began to happen. The water from the lake started draining. The drilling rig and other pieces of equipment were sucked into a whirlpool and...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 18, 2010 - DeRidder, LA

We spent a lovely week in this small town outside Fort Polk, visiting our daughter and son-in-law. We spent our time just enjoying each other's company, picnics, watching movies. It was a completely laid-back week. We're looking forward to our return visit in the fall.

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Mar 8, 2008 - Livingston, Texas and DeRidder, La.

Our next stop was to be Livingston, Texas at the Escapees Headquarters to pick up our mail and look around a bit. We finally realized it was Saturday and all we would get accomplished was picking up our mail as everything else was closed. When we arrived, we were very quickly and curtly told there was no place for us to park and wait two hours until the mail window opened, so we pulled back onto Highway 146 that we had traveled from Interstate 10 Northward, and parked in a pull off place frequented by 18 wheeler log trucks to attach the...

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May 17, 2004 - Onward and Eastward to De Ridder and other points along the way.

The Houston area had been experiencing quite a bit of rain, and the roads out of TJ and Jeans home were covered with a few inches of water in several places as we left. We knew the swampy area farther east would probably be flooded, hopefully not over the roads we had to travel on. In spite of the recent rains we had good travel weather and made a stop at the San Jacinto Monument on the way over to De Ridder. When we exited Interstate 10 for the short trip to the monument we found that we took a road that required a ferry ride to reach the...

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