Day #38 – Lakeside living, Louisiana-style

LOCATION:  In Northeast Louisiana.  South of Vicksburg, MS
CAMPGROUND:  Lake Bruin State Park – 2nd night
WEATHER:  Cloudy all day.  High 62

We welcomed the day with NO puddles on the floor.  Yay!  The rain has mostly stopped, but it is gloomy. 

There isn’t much out here except the lake.  It is nice and peaceful.  A group of fishermen got out early for a fishing tournament. 

We really like Louisiana state park campgrounds.  They have all been well-kept and with good amenities – either full hook-ups or at least water/electricity.  Great fire pits and stand-up grills.  Sites that are spread out and are paved/level.  Very nice bathrooms.  Wifi. They give us seniors a 50% discount, sweetening the deal.    And…unusual for a state park – laundries.  We were told this reason…..Louisiana experiences a lot of bad weather, including hurricanes.  FEMA brings in temporary housing for displaced people.  When they no longer need the FEMA houses, they take out the washers and dryers and donate them to the state parks.  Brilliant!

I took advantage of the laundry and washed/dried all the wet towels and rags we have been using to mop up from our leak.

Many of the state parks also have “splash pads” which must be popular on a hot, sunny day in the summer…

There is one restaurant in the area so we checked it out for lunch.  It is actually in a gas station/convenience store/bait shop.  We shared a crab cake sandwich on a ciabatta roll (surprisingly good).  George ordered a side of onion rings.  Wow!

We drove around the lake, which is quite large.  It used to be part of the Mississippi River.  There are no commercial businesses around – just houses with private docks. 

We walked around the campground and watched the fishermen do the weigh-in for the tournament.  We had to leave early, though, as the mosquitos/gnats were ferocious.

George built a fire, mostly to make smoke to keep the bugs away. 

DINNER:  When we were at the Cajun Fest, there was a lot of leftover food.  Not wanting it to go to waste, I took plastic containers to each evening meal and filled them up.  Tonight was leftover etouffee to which I added more crawfish and onions.  I see several more Cajun Fest meals in our future! 

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