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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, April 26, 2013

I picked a gem to stay at my first night out

I was up at the crack of dawn ready to head on my way from Premiere RV.  There were supposed to be just a few minor details to be taken care of before I left.  My plan was to head out a little before 9:00.  Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

It turns out that there were real issues with finding new windshield wipers for the rig.  Who would have guessed that?  Then there was the vacuuming out of the air from the reluctant to work dash air conditioner.  It had been worked on yesterday, but there was another process to do that took a while, and then there was a test drive to make sure everything was working.  I’m not complaining about the attention to detail at Billy Thibodeaux’s, but I was just anxious to be out of there. 

It was noon before I could finally pull out.  I generally leave a place soon after rush hour because I tend to get drowsy driving in the afternoon.  Thank goodness, for some reason, I’d chosen a campground only about 170 miles away for the day’s travel.  After all the packing up and delays of the morning, I was more than ready to pull off of the road shortly after 3:00.

I had made a reservation last night at a place that was mostly well reviewed on the internet.  What a beauty of a spot it is!

72 On the way to Tamarac NWR, MN 20132If you ever find yourself about 17 miles north of Natchitoches, LA, on I-49, I’d recommend a stay at this Passport America park.  It’s only .3 miles off of the interstate, but it’s a really relaxing small RV park.  There are plenty of long pull-throughs and it was $18.42/night.  There are only 27 sites, but tonight there are only five rigs here.

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After setting up, I took Emma for a walk, and this padded bench swing was calling my name.  It overlooks the private pond where you can fish (catch and release) without a license.  The lady in the motorhome next to me spent the late afternoon catching and releasing quite a few fish.  If I had a pole, I would have given it a go.

72 On the way to Tamarac NWR, MN 20131

While I was swinging away, Emma enjoyed a good roll in the grass.  I guess she’s as glad to be out of the gravel repair shop parking lot as I am.  Winking smile  I paid for two nights here, so I’ll be doing some local visiting tomorrow.  Since I’ve never done it, I suppose I should tour a plantation.  It’s not something I’ve been dying to do, but I’ll probably sneak in a visit to a National Fish Hatchery along with it.  I’ll be taking my time heading to Tamarac NWR as I believe they still have a couple of feet of snow on the ground there.  I think I’m allergic to snow.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

29 comments:


  1. That park looks like a real R&R situation ..... Just what you and Emma were needing...... HAVE FUN !!!

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  2. Hmmm that park will go in our "maybe stay at notebook". I love it when fellow bloggers post parts on the blog, and pictures are a bonus. I am sure you both feel like you got a "get out of jail card". Sure feels good to have all those details taken care of though. Enjoy your freedom as I know you and Emma will.

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  3. Hi, Judy! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago. Wish you were a little farther east! We are doing our very first Workamper job at Wolf Creek NFH in Jamestown, KY - and loving it! Enjoy your travels!

    Jan
    www.jancampbellsts.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi, Judy! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago. Wish you were a little farther east! We are doing our very first Workamper job at Wolf Creek NFH in Jamestown, KY - and loving it! Enjoy your travels!

    Jan
    www.jancampbellsts.blogspot.com

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  5. Lady always loved to roll in good grass. Not much good grass in the west, so trips east is where she got her fix.

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  6. Looks like a nice cozy park. And free fishing to boot. I like the catch and release.

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  7. I love smaller parks like that especially at those prices. Way to go Emma - enjoy that grass.

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  8. Oh I had to laugh over the bathroom images! Too funny! That looks like a nicely well maintained park. It really did my heart good to see Emma enjoy that grass so much! Admit it, you wanted to roll in it too ;-)

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  9. That green grass sure looks nice (not much of it in Arizona!) and Emma knew just how to enjoy it!
    What a cute place to call home for a couple of days. Hope you enjoy the plantations. We did several last year when we were in Baton Rouge. One of them was The Oakley Plantation where John J. Audubon was a tutor and did alot of his work.....way interesting! Anyway, enjoy!

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  10. That bench swing would be calling my name too. I can never pass one up. Looks like Emma likes that park too!

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  11. Today I had a conversation with the lady checking out my purchases at REI. It turns out, she has been a road gypsy for three years. She gave me a favorite link for finding funky places to visit along your route. Haven't looked at it yet but you may find some interesting places.

    wwwroadsideamerica.com

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  12. Great choice. Spent a week there while Hurricane Gustav went through.
    Two weeks later, I didn't stick around for Ike.

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  13. Great looking RV Park at a great price - tough to beat that. I'll be interested to hear about your visit to the Plantation tomorrow.

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  14. Glad to read you were finally sprung from the RV repair shop, even if it was later than you hoped. Bet you burned rubber with those new tires to get moving.

    You have to love Passport America. Can't beat the deals you find, and you found a goodie! :c)

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  15. I didn't think I would enjoy visiting plantations, but I loved the one we visited in Thomasville, Georgia.

    Thanks for the tip on the nice campground. It's going on my Pinterest page for future reference.

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  16. Thanks for the heads up on the campground. We are always looking for great places to stop.

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  17. That is a really nice campground. We've added it to our list! thanks for sharing...

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  18. That park looks fabulous for both you and Emma! I'll put it on my list. I've been wanting to explore more or LA one of these days.

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  19. AH, a good park at a good price.

    I am wondering - how many NWR's have your volunteered at? Might be a good blog telling us your favorites, etc.

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  20. What a neat little park. Passport America has some great little parks -- and some awful duds as well. A couple of years ago we went way back in the boonies to find one that sounded good, drove in and kept driving till we were out the other side! Ugly, messy, barren. SO glad you found a treasure.

    And Billy Thibideaux's place sound like a treasure as well, if you don't mind hanging around while getting service.

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  21. Thanks for the tip on the campground, we'll definitely put it on our list.... and yeah, don't hurry to snow land, I'm also allergic!

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  22. Neat park! It is now on my Louisana Pinterest board. Enjoy your rest. Love a swing.

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  23. We toured Oak Alley near Houma when we were in Louisiana..It was worth it...Those walls in that plantation house were just a'whispering to me...Try to see a plantation, it's an amazing part of our history.

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  24. Looks like a nice place! I might have to check it out soon.

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  25. Nice relaxing place for both you and Emma. I wouldn't be in any hurry to head north into snow either.

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  26. I got home yesterday. Yes there is still snow in places that don't get much sun. But the weather the next few days should take care of the last of it here in the Twin Cities.

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  27. Great park great place - we will remember this one

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