Thursday, February 5, 2015

Louisiana is rice Country.

One item marked off my bucket list today.

We drove from Beaumont to the Louisiana state line and stopped at the Welcome Center for maps and info. The collection of materiel’s we have will take us a month to go through let alone visiting each place recommended to us by the state staff.

 Welcome center decorated for Mardi Gras.

We decided to exit I-10 at Crowley and head to Abbeville so I could see Betty's RV Park which is famous on the Hitch-Itch website for it's hospitality. I knew from everyone's description that the RV park really is in Betty's back yard and is also very crowded as in cramped. I had called several days ago and asked about staying there but Betty said she just didn't have room on the days we wanted. Never mind that in our innocence we neglected to remember that Mardi Gras in the south starts on the 6th of February.

Needless to say, not everyone in our group was very excited about Betty's except maybe me and I was busy driving as we slowly rolled by the park. Clyda did get some photos.
Lots of big rigs at Betty's.

We circled the block and continued on to New Iberia with a short detour through someones yard as we had ignored a detour sign. The owner was very accommodating and did say he expected a lot more visitors until the road was reopened. I doubt he expected to see two very large RV's from California to show up.

Following Budd and Brenda through Abbeville.

The other problem was the local roads, which were terrible. Rough doesn't express the bouncing we encountered. However, the country side more than made up for the rough roads. We drove through lots of rice fields (Paddies?) and a few sugar cane fields.

New Iberia is the center of rice production her abouts. The local rice plant has tours which we will do tomorrow.