Today we covered all 300 miles of the southern end of Louisiana on I-10. We were blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures throughout our journey. We were anticipating I-10 to be a bumpy nightmare that we had read so much about, but turns out, it actually isn’t too bad. We actually, broke off to I-12 north of New Orleans and then back to I-10 just west of the city. The roads didn’t get too bad until just outside of a Baton Rouge to about Lake Charles. Then it smoothed out again as we crossed the border into Texas. There wasn’t much in the way of scenery, but the bayous and rice fields were interesting.
We stayed in Beaumont Texas at a beautiful RV resort, Gulf Coast RV. It is a very large campground with all paved pull thru sites situated just off the highway. They were at capacity, with what looked to be mostly long term/seasonal with some transient campers working their way to or from Florida primarily. Everyone we encountered was very nice and thanks to our wonderful four legged conversation starters, we enjoyed talking with a few folks, comparing travels as well as disussing life before camping (meaning retirement). They also provide a breakfast every morning which is a nice feature!
Each day of travel builds a little more excitement. There are so many firsts. But I think the most exciting part will be the extreme change in scenery that is still to come and much different than what we have become accustomed to central Florida. While we aren’t much for exploring when we are traveling, some of our destinations are sure to fulfill all of our senses. Our major travel stops will be in Texas to visit friends and it will be there that we will have more of an opportunity to get out and see and do more things. And of course, our final destination in Utah will have more opportunities than one summer will allow!
We have been taking notes of the things we are passing for our way back to the east coast in the fall and have already started that planning as well. We have made notes of campgrounds (other than the ones we stayed at) but more specifically, things we would like to do in the area given more time.
We are almost halfway to our summer destination and we have truly enjoyed the trip so far.