We love Louisiana. Mostly because of Baton Rouge where we lived and loved living for five years during the mid-1990's. The friendliest people, the best food and the most festive atmosphere made us feel this way, despite mosquitoes the size of small horses.
Home for the next few days, or maybe a week, turns out to be Lakeside RV Park near Livingston, about 15 miles east of Baton Rouge, just off I-10. What a nice little gem and favorite campground this turned out to be. Clean and well-designed with manicured grounds and campsites surrounding a large lake that's suitable for fishing. The weather is hot and humid most days even though it was downright cold the Saturday we arrived here for the first stop in our new Endie.
|Looking across the lake to the other side of the campground.
|This is our campsite across from the lake.
Even though the sites are close together, they are laid out in a way that feels private.
|Snowflake came by our campsite for a visit to dump a pile of swan do-do on at least one occasion.
|Snowflake gets really comfortable, really fast.
Snowflake also leaves a "cow-size" black poop pattie.
|One the left: Hog's Head Cheese (ooohhh, so good but full of cholesterol)
The links (right) are another favorite: Warm Boudin! Yum.
|Nicer looking from the outside that the old location...
|Inside it's the same as it always was.
Powdered sugar everywhere. Oh joy.
|Beignets are made at this station. The preparation is a sight to behold.
|These beignet "fingers" have already been scooped out of the cooking pot and are being heaped onto plates.
|The end result --- after the sugar dump.
Another day we stopped in at a "hole-in-the-wall" eatery for lunch of.....
|Fried catfish! Louisianans cook it better than anybody!
|Wayne always loves an Oyster Po-Boy. This one was exceptionally good.
|Inside one of the dining rooms at Franks.
|Really inconspicuous, Frank's Restaurant can easily be missed.
Because we ate such a huge breakfast so late in the morning, we felt like taking either a nap or a walk and opted for the latter in a moment of sanity. We drove around to see some of our old haunts, including a ride downtown Baton Rouge and past a few of our old haunts.
|Wayne's office looked over the Mississippi River from some of the windows above. It was Hibernia Bank then.
|The old Louisiana State Capitol.
|From River Road, south of the city.
Through the fog, the Mississippi River Bridge (I-10) can be seen.
|A later view of the bridge, the levee and some gas lines along River Road.
|Frostop is a local landmark.
|This was our home in Baton Rouge. We bought it brand new and loved it. Great floorplan.
|A ride around campus and a decent shot of Tiger Stadium through the fog.
|Louisiana State Capitol
|Wayne is walking Lexie along the sidewalk on the capitol grounds.
Beautiful old live oak in the background. The trees here are beautiful.
|Huey P. Long looks over the capitol.
|Ozzie is learning to lift his leg. He usually squats.
|Lots of interesting smells for Lexie.
We had a great day, the fog finally lifted, the sun came out bright and hot and we were exhausted by the end of the day.