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Mar 20, 2019 - Sam Houston Jones State Park, LA

We have seen some crazy sights on this leg of our trip. Stopped to get gas and a well deserved potty break.....this gas station had designer handbags (err ...right) in a glass show case for sale. Micheal Kor no less....and like most there was a casino built in the rear side and a named fast food restaurant on the south side.....Louisiana believes in one stop shopping. We arrived into our next site Sam Houston Jones at Lake Charles, Louisiana. Just as we got the camper hooked up, there was a loud bang. The park ranger was doing a controlled...

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4 Rolling Stones

Sep 2, 2018 - Visiting Old Friends

2 Sept Our travel continued to Lake Charles Louisiana for the night. In the evening we drove in the car to Sulphur Louisiana to search out a Raymond High School classmate of Mel. Sept 3 We enjoyed breakfast and a long and enjoyable visit with Gary Gray and his wife Maureen. In the afternoon we continued on to League City Texas, south east of Houston, Home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Apr 12, 2018 - Heading east

After the Texas Blue Bonnets we set out on a three day trip to visit the Semples in Pensacola, FL. First stop was Lake Charles where the road surface on I-10 was terrible. Shaking and rattling the Honda detached from the RV on the exit ramp (thanks for the safety cables that kept everything together). Minor fender damage to the Honda and I noticed that the alignment was off... pulling to the right slightly. Have to check it out ultimately. We stayed the next day in Gulfport MS before heading on to Pensacola.

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Dec 16, 2017 - Lake Charles LA

Sat, 16 Dec.: Continuing east... After six days at the Thousand Trails Colorado River park in Columbus Texas we're back on the road. The R&R was most welcome, we slept in till eight or later almost every morning. That was most welcome. But, all good things must come to an end, and we still have more than 1,200 miles to go. So, we awoke this morning and got out of bed around daybreak. Following breakfast and getting things ready for the road, Sandi pulled out of our site and we got the car connected. Brake & light checks OK we rolled wheels...

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2017 Travels

May 1, 2017 - Day 3 of the Adventure

After the snafu that was our first night's hotel stay, I should say that last night was awesome. I'm sure I've stayed at Comfort Suites before but if I have this was by far the nicest. It was on a par with any Hilton or Marriott where I have ever stayed (and they mostly do not include breakfast, which was extensive at the Comfort Suites in Tillman Corners). As mentioned yesterday we had heavy rain begin shortly after check in. I woke up sometime around 1:00 a.m. to the sound of thunder and hail. Remembering that I'm driving an already hail...

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Road Trip 2017

Aug 27, 2016 - Day. 1

On the road again. Left Lake Charles at 530 am. We drove 764 miles and ended up I. Knoxville Tennessee for the night. Had a great trip. Went through parts of five states. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee . Weather was great. Highlight of the day was finding an Arby's to eat lunch. We don't have those in our area. Motel was nice ,but the pillows sucked. Looked nice and plump until you put your head on them, then they deflate to 1". They made Tom Brady's football look fully inflated. Looking forward to finishing this...

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Bucket Trip #2

Feb 20, 2016 - Lake Charles, LA

Sat, 20 Feb: Back on the road again... We arose early and got things ready for the road. Since we've been sitting for six days we took our time going thru the check lists to ensure that nothing gets omitted. Yesterday was a nice day so we did all the outside chores, e.g. check tire pressure, engine oil, add water to the fresh water tank & stow the hose, clean the windshield, etc. Once the check lists were complete we started the engine, built up the air pressure and inflated the air bags, and connected the car. Sandi rolled wheels at 0812...

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2016 Travels

Feb 1, 2016 - Sam Houston Jones State Park - Lake Charles, LA

Tuesday, 1/26 thru Thursday, 1/28 we spent at a really nice park outside of Lake Charles, LA. Sam Houston Jones State Park is wooded, has many trails and is located on a swampy lake. For most of the trip over it rained on us. Additionally the roads were quite rough. That was not one of our favorite days of driving, but the end was worth the trip. We were only about 10 miles from a couple of casinos, so we decided to try our luck. We visited a really elegant casino called L'Auberge. It was very nice and I found a really productive $.01...

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Nov 17, 2015 - Lake Charles, Louisiana

We spent a few days in Lake Charles, LA with Karen's brother, Tom. He owns a landscaping business there. He also is a great cook of cajun food. He treated us to crawfich boudin, alligator sausage, black beans, grilled pork chops. Great visit with Tom.

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The Bright Side

Jun 27, 2015 - Adios Texas

We said adios to Texas today and headed south and east to Louisiana. I'm not saying we're glad to leave Texas, but it sure has been an interesting visit. I arrived at the beginning of May and it seemed like it would never stop raining. Rain, floods, and tornados followed us from the Dallas area to San Antonio. We finally got a respite when we arrived in San Angelo. After some work we headed to the Gulf coast where we were greeted by Tropical Storm Bill which brought a storm surge that drove us out of out campsite near the water to the...

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2015 Texas Trek

Apr 6, 2015 - Cottonwood campground

Chisos was crowded so we drove on to Cottonwood campground which was a green oasis by the Rio Grande river. The ranger, Bonnie Wilson, was great and she pointed out a Mexican gray hawk pair, great horned owl nesting and brilliantly colored vermilion flycatcher s. We were going to hike st. Elena canyon but a flash flood had come through 2 hours earlier and trapped other hikers on the other side of the river. They had to wait about 4 hours before the creek went back down.

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Apr 2, 2015 - Seafood

We're taking the southern route out west and drove through Louisiana today. Stopped in Slidell at Kenney's seafood for oyster and shrimp poboys. Highly recommended! Also bought 3 pounds of shrimp to go for supper. Camped at Sam Houston State park where all the LA people must go to camp for easter weekend. Everyone was cooking shrimp and crawfish!

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