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Jan 8, 2012 - Galveston, Texas to Lafayette, Louisiana

So, today is Sunday, January 8th 2012. We had good trip from Galveston, Texas over to Lafayette, Louisiana. Not far, just a few hours along some state roads and eventually onto an interstate freeway, I 10 across the border into Louisiana. We got into Lafayette around 4 pm and punched RV parks into the GSP, found one a couple of miles off the freeway, followed the directions and eventually arrived at a residential address on a very narrow street but did not find anything even remotely resembling an RV park! The GPS has given us some poor...

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On The Road Again!

Dec 18, 2011 - Lafayette Florida

The trip from eastern Texas to Louisianna was a welcom change to the desert. Hill's and greener pastures, with more scenery. Once again we were able to take advantage of the significant discounts in hotels and motels and stayed at a Marriot Fairfield which was quite posh. The continental breakfast was impressive, as was the pool and hot tub. Gas remains cheap, and the high ways in great shape.
This photo of Lafayette is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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Oct 7, 2011 - Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana

Our trip through Houston went much better than we had expected. We had heard so many horror stories about what to expect of the Houston traffic that we had obsessed about going through there for weeks and made a decision to drive through on Sunday morning. That was fine with me until I heard Bob say the dreaded words, “I’m going to set the alarm”……my first thought was……on no not the alarm..……I just hate the alarm, first because I am the only one who can hear it’s annoying buzz and also after having to get up to go to work for so many years,...

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May 1, 2011 - To Cajun Country

Took it slow today. Woke up and did some light weight training and swam in the pool with the boys. Push ups and light boxing followed and then to a real southern brunch at the River House on the bank of the Mississippi river. Man that river moves fast and looks treacherous. The brunch had real homemade fried chicken, crawfish bisque, grits, biscuits, ham, prime rib, and bread pudding. Needless to say I ruined my earlier exercise. We were loaded and on the road by 3pm and it was only 130 miles to Lafayette, LA. It was a nice drive because...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day III

After breakfast we drove to St. Martinville to visit the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, established in 1974 as the first state park in Louisiana. It interprets the history of the French-speaking cultures along Bayou Teche by comparing life on an 1800s French-Creole plantation to a typical Acadian farmstead. First we saw a film on the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia and their arrival in Louisiana. Then we had a tour of the Maison Olivier (Olivier House). The docent was very knowledgeable and she welcomed all our...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day III - Evangeline Park

After the others left, the rest of us went on to St. Martinville where we saw the Evangeline Oak, which marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evangeline and Gabriel, the ill-fated lovers of the poem, "Evangeline". Near it is a large bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote the epic poem. While we were there, we had a nice visit with a French Canadian couple from Montreal whom we had seen earlier at the Maison Olivier. While the others rested, I visited the African-American...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day III

This morning we had to leave the campground by 6:15 a.m. in order to arrive at Café des Amis by 7:00. While we were waiting for the café to open, I went across the street to take a photo of the building. When I stepped back onto the porch, I had a big surprise. There was Tom Voyles, a Cen-Tex LoW member! He and four friends were in Lafayette for the Festival International de Louisiane. (www.festivalinternational.com)

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Apr 29, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day II

When we got back to the RV park, I went for a ride with Mike Murphy on his motorcycle. He had an extra helmet (red) for me and a pair of black leather gloves; they matched my outfit. A couple of times on the freeways he went 100 miles per hour while passing several vehicles! Our first stop was at the Best Stop Supermarket where he bought some boudin (sausage) balls and I bought some mixed sausage links for our potluck dinner tonight. Next, we stopped at Target where Mike bought a light blanket to replace the one in his motorhome which is...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day II - Atchafalaya Basin Swamp

This morning we took an airboat ride on the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. We had to do it in two shifts because one of their boats was being repaired and the other one could take a maximum of only nine passengers. I was in the first group who went at 10:00. We were issued protective ear muffs. Our tour guide, Tucker, was very interesting and knowledgeable. We loved his Cajun accent. I sat next to him and he told me that, if we got lost, it would be my fault. :>) Invasive plants covered a large area of the swamp but the air boat cut right through...

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Apr 28, 2011 - Lazy Dazers Rally - Lafayette, LA - Day I

This morning I was up early because I had a long drive ahead of me. On the way out of town I stopped at a Discount Tire store to have my tires checked and aired up. I had them all inflated to 75 pounds; I prefer a firm ride. They didn't charge me for this service. While I was waiting, I talked with a man who knows a lot about Lazy Daze motorhomes. He has been keeping up to date on them because he wants to get one when he retires in ten years. I have a feeling that he won't wait that long to buy one! He gave me his business card and asked me...

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Apr 1, 2011 - Biloxi,MS to Lafayette, LA

Today is Friday, day 3 of our trip. We left Biloxi about 10 am headed for Lafayette, LA. Our trip was smooth other than noting our fuel economy is not good. Gene thinks it is the tires on the trailer, so we will investigate that when we get to LA. At Baton Rouge, we passed over the Mississippi River, and then over many Bayous and a couple of lakes on a very long bridge ~ the following are some of the names: Henderson Lake, Bogan Bayou, Chotaw Bayou, Alligator Bayou, Atchafala River, Malboeuf Bayou, Bayou Des Glaises, Bayou Brown, and Bayou...

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Home Again 2011

Mar 31, 2011 - Crazy as a Koot

We awake early at the New Orleans’ KOA. Luckily, we are dry inside the tent but after the heavy thunderstorms overnight, everything else is wet and covered in splashed up mud. We have both slept poorly due to the trains that went by near our campground every hour, with their warning calls rousing us out of the slumber we had just fallen into after being shocked awake again and again with the cracking of thunder, seemingly right overhead. We debated our options. The day’s weather forecast called for additional rain and thunderstorms....

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