Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Armadillos and cyprus swamps !

What a great place. Last night Donnie spotted an armadillo outside the camper. I tried to chase him around with the camera but never did get a good picture.

This morning, we woke up late. Two days of traveling and we were pooped. We've turned into wimps. I went up to the park restroom and had a long hot shower in their shower while Donnie stayed with the shower in the trailer. We are hoping that maybe we can stay for 6 days without dumping the holding tanks that way.

After breakfast, we went down to the little lake Chicot (pronounced she-ko). It had a lovely boardwalk fishing pier. They have the most amazing looking cabins that they rent over looking the lake. There is definitely no swimming in this lake. It is very muddy looking and apparently there are a few alligators in it. They do have a swimming pool but it doesn't look like it's open yet.

We then went to the arboretum where we went on a couple of the shorter hikes. They have cyprus-tupelo groves where the trees are standing in the water. It looks like something from Che pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. They also had magnolias, Giant Cane (which look like small bamboo), and various other plants ...some that were in bloom.

We drove into the little town (Ville Platte) close to the park to see what was available. There was a super Walmart, several places with propane, and a Baptist church that we will attend on Sunday. We have decided that we will stay here thru the weekend because it is available. Most of the other parks are booked up for the weekend. I have made reservations at the KOA in New Orleans for Easter weekend to make sure that we had somewhere to stay for that time. I would have preferred not to be in New Orleans for that weekend but not much that I could do about it. We'll just see how it goes.

We'll see what adventures we can find for tomorrow. It's supposed to rain in the morning but there are several small Cajun towns near here that we want to explore so we will do that.

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