We finally set off on February 16. Breaking down our campsite and packing everything away was quick and easy since we’ve had some practice during our shakedown. We actually managed to get on the road on time for a change. We typically try to keep our travel days to under 250 miles. Because we’re driving at a lower than typical speed and stop more frequently for gas, it usually takes about five hours for us to get to our next destination. This allows us to arrive during daylight hours because no one traveling in an RV wants to back into a campsite in the dark.
Our first stop was Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana. Located on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain across the causeway from New Orleans, Fontainebleau was originally a sugar plantation and mill.
The park is over 2800 acres with many hiking trails. We took a short hike through the surrounding forest to the Alligator Marsh. We didn’t see any ‘gators but there were many ducks in the marsh.
We spent the afternoon touring the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs. Adele has been to many wineries but this was her first brewery tour!
After two nights at Fontainebleau, we set off for central Louisiana to the Kincaid Recreational Area. Located in the Kisatchie Forest, Kincaid is run by the USDA Forest Service. We were able to get a great spot with a small view of the lake. The weather was nice the first few days and we were able to get in a few hikes. We ended up skipping Caddo Lake in east Texas and spent four nights in Kincaid. The forecast called for 100% rain and the idea of driving all day and trying to pull into a campsite in the rain was not appealing.
Now we are finally back “home” in the Dallas area. We are not staying in Dallas, but we have a lovely spot on Lake Grapevine. The first thing we did after settling in was have Mexican food! Our plan while we’re here is to visit family and friends, take care of some personal business, and eat at all of our favorite restaurants.