LOCATION: New Iberia, Louisiana
CAMPGROUND: Isle of Iberia RV Park. Brand new. Full hook-ups. Long pull-through, concrete sites. It caters to huge motor homes pulling toy boxes and cars. No real bathrooms/showers – just the ones meant for the swimming pool area. The pool is magnificent. No firepits, grills, or picnic tables, although there are communal pavilions with tables. $50/night. 3 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Mostly sunny. High 88
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 6 hours – directly west
The weather forecast was 80% thunderstorms with gusts of winds up to 60mph, so we weren’t looking forward to the drive. It did storm during the night, but by mid-morning, the sun was mostly out and the wind was not strong. Thank goodness!
We had a long drive ahead of us, so set off fairly early. We had to take the dreaded I-10 almost all the way – the only direct route. Any backroads would have taken us 8-12 hours! The worst part was through the northern end of New Orleans (the top of Lake Pontchartrain and through Baton Rouge. There was a lot of construction. George said I “looked tense”. Indeed, I was holding the steering wheel so tightly that my hands cramped up!
The most interesting part of the drive was the 18-mile bridge over a combo of swamp/river/bayou/lake in the Atchafalaya.
Once we got off I-10, we were in deep Cajun country. Lots of crawfish ponds (rice fields) and crawfish shops. Water, water everywhere!
We arrived at this RV park where we will be the next 5 nights for a Cajun Fest. It is an RV rally that features Cajun music and food. There are excursions available during the day, too. I hope it will be fun. We are near the Tabasco factory. We hope to take their tour again.
DINNER: All our dinners are included in the rally fee. Tonight we had fried chicken, and people brought their own sides. Irene made a salad; I took chips and salsa. Most of the events will be in the clubhouse adjacent to the pool.