Easter Sunday, April 8, we decided was a good day to make a run at traveling through Austin and Houston. We figured that we would have the best chance of avoiding traffic and thus smooth sailing. So we got going at about 8:30. We said our good-byes to Les and Sherry and thanked them for our wonderful time at their park, Cottonwood Creek RV Park. I must encourage those that read this blog to try their park if you're in the Austin, Hill Country Area. If you like quiet, small parks with a friendly social atmosphere, then you will feel at home.
Because of Easter Sunday, the traffic was minimal as we traveled along 290 and then 71 to the interstate and through Houston. Having experienced pulling the rig through Houston a couple of years ago on a weekday, I didn't want to relive it!
We made good time and arrived at A+ Motel and RV Park in Sulphur Louisiana after a brief fuel stop where I paid $3.99 for diesel. We arrived and got checked in around 3:00. We paid $56 for two nights with a Good Sam discount to include 50 amps, full hook-ups and cable in a pull through site #11. Paul and Paula got the site next to us, site 12. We have been to this RV park before so check out the blog of our first visit for more pictures. We tried fishing in the small pond with no luck and then settled in for the night.
On our previous visit we had enjoyed the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway and wanted Paul and Paula to experience walking amongst alligators in the wild.
So, the next morning, April 9th we took a trip down to the walkway.
|Sabine NWR Wetland Walkway|
|We estimated a 5 ft. American Alligator|
|Another 5 Ft. American Alligator|
We enjoyed the mile long walk but were forced to apply liberal amounts of bug spray as we were almost immediately attacked by mosquitos! The wetlands surround the walkway and the gators can be seen in the water or close to the walkway on the banks. After viewing several small alligators, we jumped back into the Jeep and took a ride down the Creole Nature Trail to check out the beach. We ended the outing with a late lunch at a local restaurant treating ourselves to Boudin Balls, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, collards and beans! Afterwards it was time for naps and relaxing by the pool!
The next day will find us continuing East to Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, LA.