After a 5 months absence, we’re back in the RV, this time headed to Lafayette, LA, for Cajun Country Mardi Gras. This is our first trip in 2011. This has seemingly been one of the longest winters we’ve experienced, as you will read in the following paragraph.
For those of you who may not be aware, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on September 20, 2010. We immediately made an appointment for the Mayo Clinic, and over the course of the next three months, made three 1400-mile round trips there and back, including one for a radical prostatectomy on December 15. We arrived for the surgery a couple of days after a record December snowfall, and record low temperatures. We rarely saw temps above “0”. Thanks to God, the surgery was successful, and I’m pretty close to being back to normal. Enough about that, let’s get back to RVing.
After the diagnosis, we sold the truck and our Saturn toad, and bought a Honda CR-V. With a new toad, i.e. “towed” vehicle, pre-trip preparations included having a tow plate installed, having the lights wired to accommodate the motorhome, wiring the emergency break-away switch, and attaching eyehooks for the Protect-A-Tow; all was finished yesterday afternoon. We welcomed spring-like weather three weeks ago after a large snow, and used the time to dewinterize and ready the motorhome for this trip.
Finally, we departed home this morning at 8:45 AM, towing the Honda for the first time; all went well. We traveled through Melbourne, Batesville, Little Rock, Sheridan, Fordyce, and El Dorado, Arkansas, and into Louisiana. Enroute, wild cherry trees were blooming, tulip trees were flowering, jonquils and forsythia were in full color, and Bradford pears were blooming. Though the forests had not yet leafed out, the grass is already turning green.
At about 4 PM, we stopped to spend the evening at Lake D’Arbonne State Park. Lake D’Arbonne State Park includes a 15,000+ acre cypress-studded lake surrounded by rolling, pine-covered hills. One interesting note: premium campsites were $18, BUT the State of Louisiana tags on a $6 processing fee. Guess one has to pay for their thrills. With states feeling the pinch on their economy, we expect to see more of this.
After setting up, we opted to hike a short nature trail, still covered with debris from the winter. First in line, Kay performed trail maintenance, while I took advantage of the many photographic opportunities.