Livingston, TX to Slidell, LA., New Orleans, Ft. Jackson
Slidell Travel Blog› entry 13 of 169 › view all entries
After a week in Livingston, I left for Slidell, LA., which was a drive of 335 miles. This ride ran down East Texas through some heavily wooded forests of mainly tall straight pine with some hard wood as well. Logging is a main industry here and I saw many logging trucks on the road. As I got closer to Louisiana, road kills became more frequent with many armadillos and possums squashed on the road.
I 10 going east in LA has miles of bridges and causeways over bayous and swamps and is one of the worst roads I have seen so far. Bumpy and rough and it really shakes you up.
Thanks to my GPS, I found the Elks Lodge in Slidell with minimal problems and got set up in their beautiful grounds.
Next door to the Lodge, well hidden is a huge plantation that looks right out of Gone With the Wind. A main house that is very large with many columns and several out buildings. All of this at the Lodge for a rent of $8.00 per night. The folks here made me feel very welcome and I sure will add this to my list of places I want to return to.
Visited New Orleans and took a 2 hour ride on a steam powered stern wheel paddle boat, the Nachez. A very nice trip up and down the Mississippi. All along the river front, they have a beautiful park where you can sit and watch the ships traveling up and down the river. As long as you stay near the French Quarter I found the city safe but if you stray much away from there, be careful. I visited the city on 3 different times and really enjoyed it. Bourbon Street was a blast with wall to wall bars all pounding out a mix of Blues, Rock and Roll and Dixiland music. Street musicians all over the place with a great Dixiland band set up in front of the church. Outstanding clarinet and trumbone players just rocking the place down.
Made a run over to Biloxi Mississippi on a road that runs for 23 miles right along the beach.
Another day, I took a ride down the Mississippi thinking the sites would be interesting. Wrong! The river is protected by levees and for the whole ride, I never saw the river. Don't take the drive to Venice. On the way back, I stopped at Fort Jackson which was origionally built to protect New Orleans from the British and Spanish. A nice restoration right on the river.
Elks Lodges - 5
Escapee Parks - 3
Public RV Parks - 4
National Parks - 4