Our bayou journey started last week when we entered Louisiana and continued through Mississippi, Alabama and now into the panhandle of Florida. One thing that has become painfully evident (in both our wallets and waistlines), is that our activities out east are centered around eating versus out west where they were centered around hiking and other outdoor activities. There is so much good food out here that you just cannot go through an area without trying their local cuisine!
Nest stop.....New Orleans. Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, Katrina, the Saints.....these are some of the things this city is known for. Our knowledge of the city is limited to what we have seen on TV and really did not know what to expect when we arrived.
Bayou Segnette State Park is located within a few minutes of downtown, there are about 100 sites all with water and electric. Off season the rates are $20/night, free laundry and Wi-Fi are the same as we have experienced in our other Louisiana state parks although not as clean. The sites themselves are fairly open and well spaced.
|This group was pretty good!|
The next day we packed up and headed to Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama. Along the way we stopped for lunch outside of Ocean Springs Mississippi at The Shed BBQ. Our friends Scott and Detra (The Wandering Whelan Wagon) turned us on to this spot and said we HAD to stop there. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive, The Shed BBQ is well know for their eclectic atmosphere and and outstanding BBQ. Becoming BBQ snobs, we would rate their food ahead of Rudy's and equal to The Saltlick in Austin.
|Doors to get in and out|
|The floor is actually gravel|
A beautiful beach town along the Gulf. We had a great site right along the water. We stayed a day and a half spending most of our time walking the beaches and campground.
|This guy was the greeter at the pier|
|She made me do it!|
While at Grayton Beach we hiked and relaxed. We also discovered that fellow RVillagers and bloggers, Jen & Deas (Nealys on Wheels), were in the park. Jen & Deas stopped by as they were walking their dogs we chatted for a bit and then made plans to go out to lunch at a local restaurant. Since they lived in Grayton Beach for quite a while, they knew the area restaurants and suggested The Red Bar. We had a good meal and a great time getting to know each other.
|Lunch with "Nealys on Wheels"|
We once again moved on to our next destination we packed up the next day and arrived at Ochlockonee State Park in Sopchoppy Florida. Again we stayed for two days. It is a nice little park that is quiet but very tight for big rigs. There are probably only 2-3 sites that I would feel comfortable pulling into and low hanging branches and your sides rubbing as you drive through. That night we went into town to see if we could catch the Superbowl at one of the local bars, we went to the gas station and asked where in town we could catch the game. The response?.....no where. We had to go to the neighboring town where we were able to get a good meal and watch the game.
|Site #28, one of two pull thrus|
|Barb and Daisy logging a geocache|
|Little Blue Heron|
|There were several white squirrels in the park|
|and lots of whitetails!|