December 8, 2015 Published December 17, 2015 I promise to get caught up, really I will!!
After another pleasant night in a W/M parking lot, a quick breakfast and I was on my way. I really don’t know what I’d do if it weren’t for being able to park overnight in most WalMart parking lots. I know lots of people criticize W/M for some of their business practices but man, let me tell you, being able to use their lots respectfully for someplace to park overnight while on the road has made this trip not only so much easier but also economically more viable. Well, them and the Flying J/Pilot truck stops. Kudos to both of them for allowing us.
I arrived in Lake Charles in the early afternoon and arm-wrestled (one way streets and funky off ramps) my way to the Welcome Center. All my information on the Creole Tour I wanted to do through Louisiana’s’ bayous and swamps kept telling me that I needed to either print the file (no printer on board) or I could download an app to my phone. Well, let’s just put it this way…I haven’t a clue how to download an app to a phone…heck I manage to make phone calls and now I know how to use the WiFi hotspot because a friend set it up and showed me what buttons to push but that’s about it. So I went to the Welcome Centre and asked the two attendants if either of them knew how to download the app to my phone and could they do it for me. Much laughter later all three of us seniors agreed that it was beyond all of us. Fortunately they also were able to tell me that I didn’t really need to download anything. The stops on the tour were well marked on the road and all had information signboards that would explain what I was looking at.
Off to check in at the Sam Houston Jones State Park for the night because by this time I was due for a shower. I totally lucked out at the park. Met a really nice woman and her husband who split their time between New Mexico and Alaska. Aside from having a wonderful chat with her, she pointed out that the little building ‘right over there’ had FREE laundry facilities. I’d scoped out a laundromat on my way in to the park and had planned on spending some time there the next day. Score!! Needless to say I promptly washed everything in sight.
The next day I doddled around until it was check out time. Actually, the staff came around and kind of gave me the old evil eye about an hour BEFORE check out time so I stalled some more. Actually the neighbor and I were having another chat so I finally left the park shortly after checkout time.
I spent an entire lazy afternoon sitting on the Lake Charles beach shore watching the lake, a couple of families and a few joggers. Oh and I read some too.
|Lake Charles Beach|
Off to another Wally World campground for the night – that’s the euphemism for Wal Mart parking lots for those that aren’t familiar with the term.
Tomorrow morning I start the 108 mile Creole Nature Trail.