After a fairly short travel day (about 120 miles or so) we arrived in Minden Louisiana with no expectations other than Greg had a solar install. So, with fairly low expectations, it’s easy to exceed, and Minden did exceed. Well, our campground exceeded; it was one of my favorites. More about that later.
We arrived, got settled, met our neighbors, the camp host, etc. and made our way into town to celebrate our anniversary. Nine years! We couldn’t find the restaurant the host recommended so I resorted to yelp…and boy, yelp did not exceed expectations.
First, nothing says “Happy Anniversary” like dinner at Bubba and Beanie’s. Four and a half stars on Yelp. Really? And how do you top the oh, so average dinner? A trip to Walmart of course! Unfortunately, we didn’t discover the drive through margarita store until Saturday or that could have topped it off! We pulled out all of the stops for this anniversary!!
While the anniversary celebration maybe wasn’t our finest, it did represent something a lot bigger and better. First, this was one of the few anniversaries that I was actually home for; seemed I always had a business trip. So, just the fact that we woke up in the same bed on our anniversary and actually had dinner together was an improvement!! Next, well, while we may have not had the finest dinner, it did represent our new lifestyle perfectly, which is a more simple, spontaneous kind of life. No pretense, just truly living and enjoying what life has to offer—Beanie and Bubba's included. We wanted to be able to spend more time with friends and family, and each other. Check.
So, back to the campground. We were staying at Beaver Dam, which is within the Caney Lake Recreational area, a part of the Kisatchie National Forest. The only National Forest in Louisiana. Our spot backed up to the lake and was just beautiful. Small campground, 29 spots in this loop and another loop for tents and small campers, which was closed. We were tucked back in a few miles from the main road and about ten miles from town.
Not a bad place to call home....even just for a few days!!
Shot from our steps. Awesome view!
Another shot of the lake...about 20 feet from our campsite....
Sunrise from the campsite....yes, sunrise.
All good. Except. Internet. By far the worst internet connection we’ve had, but seriously, in our new simple life, hard to complain. It did bring flashbacks to dial up days, which back then we were just giddy to have access to the big world wide web. Now, it’s just an expectation that we can quickly get online and find whatever information we need. Expectations realigned.
There were a couple of trails around the forest, and our host sort of went over them with us and cautioned not to stray too far, as it was deer hunting season and there was a two mile perimeter that was protected from hunting. I started down one of the trails, but with no maps and not really knowing the perimeters, I retreated back to the main roads for a couple of nice hikes on the safe, paved roads.
The dock at the campground....
Hobie was totally digging the hikes, but on day three, he got about a half mile from the coach and totally donkey dogged. Donkey dog is when he just stops, won’t go forward, won’t move. Only movement was in the direction back to the coach, so we returned back and I hopped on the bike instead of finishing the hike. Stubborn dog.
Donkey Dog Hobie. You can see his "take me back to the *#%*!@! coach now" look!
Overall, a great campground and the price—only $15.00, so really can't beat it. It's one of those places you go to, just to get away. Overall, Louisiana--expectations exceeded.
Greg wrapped up the install and we were anxious to get to our next stop, which was not on our original agenda—Lake Fork in Alba, TX. Our friends Red and Pam had been staying there for the past couple of months, and although they were anxious to move on, they waited for us. Red was one of the first individuals I met “virtually” in the RV world, volunteering to pick us up at the airport when we flew in to pick up our RV, and they epitomize the friendliness of the RV community. Just good people.
So, we arrived, watched some football and ultimately got to hang out for a couple days. The highlights of our time--Pam’s cooking, Red’s fishing and just hanging out with friends.
On day two, we got to spend the day on Red’s boat and fish for crappy and had a great time. Greg started off the fishing marathon with a nice two pounder and Red, not to be outdone, soon pulled out a two and a half pounder. I caught two, and one got away, which I’m pretty sure was a three pounder. Okay, maybe a two pounder.
Greg's big catch....
Red's bigger catch....
My empty net....from the fish that got away.
All-in-all, a great day on the water and a great visit with friends. While it was sad to say goodbye to Red and Pam, we’ll see them again soon….for a fish fry!! Well, not just for a fish fry, but to hang out with them again.
All in a days work....and well, maybe someone donated a few fish to the cause.
You could tell Red had cleaned a few fish in his day.
This was the only picture I took of both Red AND Pam....
(sorry Pam, I had to have evidence you were there too!!)
We arrived in Austin on Tuesday, where we’ll be until December 3rd, then onto Canyon Lake, then New Braunfels.
So, celebrating our anniversary on the road, to hanging out with friends to being with family for Thanksgving, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. Life on the road; exceeding expectations.