LOCATION: On the “north shore” of New Orleans – Madisonville, LA
CAMPGROUND: Fairview-Riverside State Park. Water/electricity on nice paved site. Trees separating sites. Firepit and stand-up grill. Picnic table. Beautiful showers/bathrooms. $15/night with senior discount. Some sites have river views. 5 out of 5 (except for the weather/rain) – see below
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 4 hours
About 6:00 AM, many of the big rigs at the Cajun Fest started up their noisy diesel engines and let them idle, waking the rest of us up. Most cleared out by 8:00 AM. Many of them are huge, like this one. Their “toy hauler” is bigger than Joy!
We said good-bye to our friends, the Glanvilles, as they headed west, back toward Texas.
I walked around the resort. The swimming pool here is beautiful. It has a swim-up bar and a “lazy river” for floating. We just didn’t have enough time to enjoy it.
The road conditions were terrible, just like most of the other Louisiana roads we have driven on. It rained almost the entire trip. We stopped at a roadside stand for a snack – boudin balls. This is a Cajun favorite. It is a sausage that has some rice filler. We bought a crawfish one. It was tasty, but had a strange consistency.
George drove the last hour – through the outskirts of New Orleans, and then across Lake Pontchartrain, on the 25-mile causeway, the world’s longest. The rains were torrential, and we could only see a few feet ahead of us – very stressful.
This state park is not far from the lake, and is on the banks of the Tchefuncte River. It is very picturesque with large oak trees all around the park. We have a “premier” site near the river.
We got settled in, in between rain storms. After dinner, the park host knocked on our door, and told us that we had to move. We looked outside. Yikes! We were in the middle of a lake that was getting higher by the minute!!! The host told us to to move to any vacant site in the other section of the park. We, and all of the other RVs, found new sites. A small Casita trailer sat alone in the “lake”. Its owners must have gone out for dinner. I hope they return soon, or the Casita will be swept away. The park has enough sites to accommodate us, but I wonder what they would have done if this had been during the weekend, when the park is completely full. Tomorrow, we have to go to the office to figure out whether we stay in this new site, or need to move again. Unfortunately, heavy rains are predicted for tomorrow and the following day. I was told the flooding was a result of several factors – hard rains all day today, plus high tide, and the winds blowing the water from Lake Pontchartrain to the Tchefuncte River.
DINNER: Time for leftovers. Tonight was leftover Cajun pork steaks. I cubed the meat, warmed the chunks in a skillet, then topped with a walnut/parmesan cheese crumble. I sauted the potatoes left over from the crawfish boil. We had some tomatoes that needed to be used so I made a caprese salad, substituting pesto for fresh basil. It was actually quite tasty. We will be eating leftovers for the next week or longer!