Can You Believe It!

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This small town, Pacific Northwest, gal has made it to Louisiana! Who would have ever thought it. Not me, that is for sure. But here we are inside the state lines of the great state of Louisiana. (Home of the swamps, alligators and the Black Bayou (Rosie the waitress told us to stay away from).

This is one sign along the highways we would never seen in Oregon. Although we do have are Tsunami signs along the coastline.

On our way from Livingston to Leesville, LA we encounter a detour. This huge sign read 12′ 6″ bridge coming up and all trucks exit here. So we did. Ralph and Janet stopped to measure their rig’s height. While they were stopped a nice kid came out to tell them his daddy owned a log truck and he takes his load of logs over that bridge. He claimed the bridge was 14 feet high. We were already half way to Newton on our detour route when we got the call. We chose to go ahead on our present route which took us about 30 more minutes more than the other way. Come to find out the nice kid was right and we could have sailed over that bridge.

We stopped in Leesville to pick up a few groceries and eat as we were all starving. We arrived at our destination, Kincaid Lake Campground, about 2 pm. We chose a double site expecting to pay $5 each and save some bucks. Alas, they charge an extra $4 for electricity on top of the site price. So, we are staying here for $7 each and will be here for 4 days. We will go see what Alexandria has as far as Civil War stuff. We are also waiting on mail.

Morgan and I took a walk this afternoon while Dale napped. He went for a good bike ride this morning. Here are some photo’s of our walk and Kincaid Lake. This is a Forest Service campground and 1/2 off for having the Senior Access Card.

The wildflowers are out and so pretty.

This is a Yucca plant of some sort. It made me think I miss the desert instead of all this green stuff!

Morgan and I walked up to the swim area. It isn’t open until May, so we had the place to ourselves. This is where, last night, we saw an alligator in the lake. That was awesome. Also on the hike, Ralph mentioned that he wanted to see the hanging moss on trees. We did find some on the other side of our hiking trail. I am so happy he didn’t want to see those awful, big snakes hanging from trees!

It was a cloudy day with rain today. As you can tell, the lake was kind of grey.

There is a trail around the lake and Morgan and I decided to take the one we did last night. It winds its way around an inlet of Kincaid Lake and back to the campground.

On our way, we came across a couple of neat things.

Not sure what this was but it was sticking up in the grass about 6 to 8 inches and made of mud. There was an entry hole in the top. Any ideas????

We found this snail getting a drink of water off this leaf. I didn’t see the spider until I came home to download the photos.

We came around a bend in the trail and heard this big splash. My over-doing-it imagination thought I saw this thing slither into the water. So we stopped to see if it would come back and saw this turtle. I don’t think this turtle is big enough to make that much noise going into the water though. 🙂 We might have just missed the swamp creature.

This area is so lush with foliage and so green. The lake is very big too and it looks like bass fishermen come here. At least those are the boats we have been seeing. Ralph might get his kayak out and get it wet while we are here. Or not if alligators like the color yellow.

This is our camp spot. Dale had a heck of a time getting an internet signal through the canopy of trees. However, he grabbed a small window of opportunity and got us on the Internet.

And last but not least – Annie.

Of course she turns her head for this photo opportunity. Darn CAT!

We are off to Alexandria in the morning to play tourist.

Life is good (even with all these bugs and humidity. I better lose some weight here as I am always wet!) in Louisiana! God is faithful.

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7 thoughts on “Can You Believe It!

    MrsCraftyRVing said:
    April 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Love the photo’s Gwen… I’m sure your cat is loving the out doors there – just hope he’s careful. I am glad you are having a blast. I love the south just not FL…. Mississippi is my favorite…

    Sue said:
    April 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Now you know what kind of weather we are having in FL!!! Got up to 90 today, and the humidity is very hight. Gnats are out in full force…can’t stand in the grass without them crawling all over you. Once the sun goes down, the skeeters come out, but usually by the time it is dark, they are gone again. Get used to the humidity…you will have it until you get back to the midwest!!

    Gwen said:
    April 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Evie…we are off to Mississippi next! Natchez and then up the trace. Can’t wait. It is going to be so cool!

    Denise Lynn said:
    April 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I love that you are doing this Gwen ~~who would have thunk it all those years ago all us women folks sitting and chatting and just waiting for all the brethren to get out of prayer group ~~you rock woman and give me hope ~~smile ~~cna not wait to see what you come up with next ~~smile

      Gwen said:
      April 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      I know Denise. Life is not only short, but is for living BIG! And you are in my prayers and good thoughts for a future with your Carl!

    Melinda said:
    April 12, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Gwen, the mysterious column of mud sticking up out of the grass is a “crawdad” hole. Crayfish to folks north of the MD line.

    Gwen said:
    April 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Melinda, thanks for the info. I was thinking that was probably what it is but……
    Thanks for reading.

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