Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 Louisiana Trip - Let’s Head South – Days 1&2

If you live in the East, you remember the beautiful warm weather we had in late December, before the new year and winter rolled in.  So I was sitting here with the much cooler temperatures, thinking how well my knee was doing and that I could pretty much do what I wanted, when I looked out the front door.  There sat the RV, also enduring the cold, having been sitting for three months and likely looking at three more months of sitting idly out there in the cold.  Then it occurred to me that for the next several weeks, we would likely be just sitting in the house looking out at the cold when an idea struck. 

While we don’t have time to do like the last couple of years and head to Florida for a month or so, we did have the remainder of January with no commitments.  A few of years ago, we had stayed overnight at a place called Cajun Palms, in Henderson, LA and really liked it so when I presented the idea to my ladies they believed that while it would not be as warm as south Florida, it would be warmer than home and should be an interesting place to visit for a couple of weeks.

Since I don’t winterize the coach and keep it plugged in with the various systems running, all we had to do was line up the house sitter, load in our clothes, stock the fridge, add some water to the tank, and hit the road, which we did on Jan. 14.  Our first day ended in Meridian, MS and since I could not find an acceptable campground, we decided to try our first Walmart parking lot and we quickly discovered that neither we nor our coach are designed for that lifestyle.

While it’s nice to know we can do this in an emergency, since our coach is not laid out to be occupied with the slides in and all of the electric devices required the generator run full time, we will opt for campgrounds and save the boondocking for when there is no option.

Our second driving day was a shorter distance and we anticipated arriving at the campground around 2:30pm until we arrived at the interstate parking lot where I-10 & I-12 come together in Baton Rouge – talk about a malfunction junction.  Since I hate to sit in traffic totally at its mercy and not in control, we got off and drove north through Baton Rouge in bumper-to-bumper traffic – thanks to the stop lights, but at least it was moving.  It gave us a chance to see a little of the town and we used the only other bridge in the area to cross the Mississippi on US-190 which we followed west a few miles before taking a curvy little back country road back to I-10.  After fueling up we pulled into Cajun PalmsRV Resort around 4:30pm, tired and a little stressed out (well maybe more than a little).

A lot of campgrounds use the term resort but I have to say this place really is from a facilities standpoint and I assume they offer more activities during their busy season.

This is us at site 38.

When we first got there there were several rigs near us but after MLK Day we were pretty lonely.

Like many newer RV parks, Cajun Palms has buddy sites buy they also have a few places laid out for three rigs sharing a covered common area.

See us all alone way down there.

It's obvious this place is geared to families as there is plenty for kids to do including three pools (one with swim up bar, two snack bars, hot tub, miniature golf, indoor/outdoor bar above the clubhouse, cabins and two fishing ponds.  I can imagine they stay full in prettier weather. First shot is the clubhouse entrance and others are behind it.

Please continue to tune in as we explore the heart of Acadiana.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/14 – 1/15/16 event dates


  1. That is what I would call a resort. Not like some places we've stayed. Boondocking with an all electric rig is tough. Doable but not easily. Glad you guys got out and about.

  2. We have friends with a 43ft all electric coach and are boondocking here just had 6 solar panels installed and all seems to work well for them.

  3. Larry, Nice looking RV Park... To bad that its more like a ghost town for your visit. At least its green down there! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Seems as if you all got outta town just in time... We had snow on Wednesday and again today... AND--it's COLD.....

    Enjoy your trip... SMART move to get away for a month. Glad you knee is doing so well.


  5. I used to hunt in Geiger Alabama just a few miles from Meridian Mississippi - lonely area back then. Hope you have a wonderful trip. We are getting covered in snow with the DC blizzard all over us. Hanging inside for the weekend!

  6. It sounds like you got out just in time. Enjoy the warmth and safe travels.

  7. Great idea, going for a mini vacation! If you aren't back home yet, be assured that you didn't miss much of a blizzard, just the annoyance of the Kroger having nothing but the bad beans left on the shelf.

  8. Good for you! I love taking off on spontaneous adventures. I am so glad you knee is healing up so quickly to allow this trip to happen. The resort looks amazing. My kids would LOVE those pools.

  9. Wow, you really did have the whole place to yourself. So glad you were able to get away for a while. To easy your mind about our warm Florida weather, it's been cool here for the last couple of days so walking on the beach would have been a little chilly, but otherwise it's been as lovely as you remember south Florida to be.

  10. It's nice to be able to just get up and go like that, Larry and hopefully someday, Bill and I can do that when I retire. I just love the pool with the 'sitting area/bar' at this place where you stayed!

  11. Your coach is bigger than that semi!

  12. How come no one is in the pool at the bar ;) Great looking resort, I bet it would be fun around 4th of July.


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