Monday, May 29th — Memorial Day. To begin at the end, here is Scott after driving 385 miles on I-10W, starting in Ocean Springs, MS at 8am and ending in Baytown, TX at the Houston East RV Park 8 hours later:
We wanted to cover a lot of territory so we could be in Port Aransas tomorrow, and we knew it wouldn’t necessarily be the most pleasant drive on the interstate highway. But taking I-10 across Louisiana into East Texas is like driving in a third world country… maybe worse. We found better roads in Guatemala! Very old, rough, bumpy surfaces, many construction zones with no shoulders and horrible concrete barriers marking narrow lanes. Nerve wracking! Scott was very calm and steady! But you can see it took a toll on him…
The bright spot of this day was the Atchafalaya Visitor Center in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest freshwater swamp in the US, with many similarities to the familiar cypress swamp in our own backyard. We would love to come back and spend some time exploring this area. The Visitor Center was set up with beautiful exhibits, and because it was Memorial Day weekend, there was live music — a local folksinger playing the guitar and singing.
We added this to our list of places we discovered on this trip where we would like to return and spend some more time, starting with the Indian Temple Mound Museum at Fort Walton Beach, FL… and maybe staying at Topsail Hill State Park and using it as a base from which to explore other natural wonders of northwest Florida.
We are staying at an RV Park right off the highway, so we are keeping the AC on to drown out the road noise. But this is a clean, beautifully maintained “resort” with many amenities including a pool and laundry facilities, where most of the 200 spaces are filled with behemoth RVs clearly belonging to “full-timers” who live here. Here is the view from our door– and we are relieved and grateful to be here — For us, it’s perfect for one night!