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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #120 on: December 16, 2019, 08:06:49 PM »
Attached is a photo of my wife standing outside the door of our coach at our camp site there two months ago.

That's a front door view to die for!

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #121 on: December 16, 2019, 08:39:46 PM »
Isaac- Beautiful!
Tom- I could live in Reno too, but I want to explore this area for a while. But I dream of Reno some day too lol
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #122 on: December 16, 2019, 08:53:05 PM »
I could live in Reno too, but I want to explore this area for a while. But I dream of Reno some day too lol

I've seemed to have noticed a tread with you...Based on your post and your desire to live in most of the places you have visited.

I would suggest you retire early so you can spend those extra years living in all the places that you like.

Based on the number of places so far....You need to retire by Feb. 2 2002.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #123 on: December 16, 2019, 09:44:32 PM »
I've seemed to have noticed a tread with you...Based on your post and your desire to live in most of the places you have visited.

I would suggest you retire early so you can spend those extra years living in all the places that you like.

Based on the number of places so far....You need to retire by Feb. 2 2002.
And I need to live in good health until the approximate age of 372. Maybe I should have had the organic pizza tonight 😂

But you're right, I want to live in Michigan, Washington, and Utah now lol
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #124 on: December 16, 2019, 11:02:30 PM »
But you're right, I want to live in Michigan, Washington, and Utah now lol

That's why a lot of us are Fulltimers.  But we don't try and see the whole country in 10 months.   ;)

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #125 on: December 17, 2019, 12:47:39 AM »
That's why a lot of us are Fulltimers.  But we don't try and see the whole country in 10 months.   ;)
Lol yeah this is a one time trip, if I was going full time, I would take my time. I would love to go full time. Whose idea was it to have kids anyway?! Lol, maybe in 10 years. My youngest is 12 in a month.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #126 on: December 19, 2019, 07:13:42 PM »
Update- my slide is fixed, my water pump is brand new and installed, all the other little things are fixed and we're on the road! Now in Green River Utah for the night and heading to Capitol Reef in the morning!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #127 on: December 19, 2019, 07:15:43 PM »
Thanks for the update, glad to hear all is well.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #128 on: December 19, 2019, 07:21:55 PM »
Update- my slide is fixed, my water pump is brand new and installed, all the other little things are fixed and we're on the road! Now in Green River Utah for the night and heading to Capitol Reef in the morning!


 :)) :))

Would you hate me if I started a pool on whats going to break next.. ;) ;)
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #129 on: December 19, 2019, 11:17:52 PM »

 :)) :))

Would you hate me if I started a pool on whats going to break next.. ;) ;)
Not if I won the pool! Lol
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« Reply #130 on: December 24, 2019, 11:48:08 AM »
Not if I won the pool! Lol

Of course your going to win :) ....And the grand prize is a case of Corn Dogs.  ;D ;D
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« Reply #131 on: December 24, 2019, 02:57:03 PM »
Of course your going to win :) ....And the grand prize is a case of Corn Dogs.  ;D ;D

Or alligator tenders.
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« Reply #132 on: December 24, 2019, 07:00:29 PM »
Of course your going to win :) ....And the grand prize is a case of Corn Dogs.  ;D ;D

Or alligator tenders.

Hey you got gator in my Corn Dog.......Hey this is good.  Corn Gators on a stick.

OldGator we are going to be rich ;D ;D
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #133 on: December 24, 2019, 07:08:53 PM »
Here ya go. My Christmas present to you... Alligator hot dogs.

https://www.exoticmeatmarkets.com/Alligator-Hot-Dogs-for-sale-Alligator-Meat-p/alligator114.htm

All ya need is a fryer, some batter and a stick...
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« Reply #134 on: December 24, 2019, 07:16:16 PM »
Here ya go. My Christmas present to you... Alligator hot dogs.

https://www.exoticmeatmarkets.com/Alligator-Hot-Dogs-for-sale-Alligator-Meat-p/alligator114.htm

All ya need is a fryer, some batter and a stick...

It may be time to come out of retirement ;D
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #135 on: December 25, 2019, 02:18:32 PM »
I passed a place in Salt Lake City the other day selling beef jerky and alligator jerky. I laughed and thought of you guys lol, it was so unexpected in UTAH!
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« Reply #136 on: December 25, 2019, 03:27:33 PM »
I passed a place in Salt Lake City the other day selling beef jerky and alligator jerky. I laughed and thought of you guys lol, it was so unexpected in UTAH!

I lived in Salt Lake City from 1968 to 1970. They had a meat store downtown that only sold horse meat. Fellow worker used to buy it all the time.

I never tried it. 
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« Reply #137 on: December 25, 2019, 04:30:00 PM »
Amanda, If you make it to SW Louisiana on this trip let me know, and I will direct you to some good places to eat where you can try Alligator, along with a lot of other good Cajun food.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #138 on: December 26, 2019, 11:56:59 AM »
I couldn't eat horse, to me that's the same category as dog.

I'll be driving through From Houston to New Orleans, I'm not opposed to stopping along the way!
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« Reply #139 on: December 26, 2019, 12:38:49 PM »
If you are taking I-10 I can make a couple of recommendations that are close to the highway, though only one comes to mind with potential RV+toad parking nearby.  If you are going to take a more scenic route, such as along the coast where you are much more likely to see alligators in the wild, etc. let me know and I can make some suggestions that way too.

Assuming you will be on I-10 my primary suggestion is Hollier's in Sulphur, here is a streetview of their parking lot https://goo.gl/maps/srSx1ay3P3emyru4A  as you can see there is a school bus in their overflow parking here.  As long as you don't show up at prime dining hours you should be able to get a parking spot with the coach.  There is also a former hardware store on the next block south which likely has ample parking.   Holliers has a good cajun buffet, but the best stuff is ordered off the menu, this is a working class cajun place, but has very good food, you will often see petrochem plant workers here on their lunch break. 

Next suggestions assume you will likely need a TOAD to get to, Don's Specialty Meats, Rayne, LA, this is primarily a meat market, though they do have a small cafe, great place to stock up on cajun meat items, boudin, stuffed pork chops, etc.  Access in the coach is possible depending on how busy they are, they have a parking lot just past the building on the frontage road.


Pat's on the Wharf in Henderson, historical cajun restaurant, founded in the 1950's and had a certain degree of national fame  50+ years ago.  It is a couple of miles off I-10 and parking would likely be TOAD only.  Prices are also a bit higher, but even so when I am in the area I will tend to splurge a bit and eat there.


p.s. if you want to spend the night near Lake Charles, several of the local parks have RV sites for $12 per night.  I might suggest Intracoastal park about 12 miles south of Sulphur as it is on the Intracoastal water way and you can watch barges pass by.  White Oak park is another option just east of Lake Charles, it is only 4-5 miles off I-10.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #140 on: December 26, 2019, 09:04:19 PM »
Awesome!!! Thank you!!
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« Reply #141 on: December 26, 2019, 09:32:08 PM »
One note on visiting Louisiana about the food, there are 2 different types of food Louisiana is famous for,  Cajun Food and Creole Food.  They are NOT the same thing, though a number of them share the same names, for example Creole Gumbo and Cajun Gumbo taste completely different, for one thing Creole Gumbo contains tomatoes, and Cajun Gumbo does not.  It is also very hard to find real Cajun food in New Orleans, almost all food you find in restaurants in New Orleans will be Creole, or perhaps some sort of Creole mashup.  About the only authentic Cajun restaurant I can think of that is in New Orleans is Mulates https://mulates.com/ which open a location in New Orleans about 15 years ago.  (since then their original location in Breaux Bridge closed due to storm damage from one of the hurricanes about 10 or so years ago).

For a write up on the differences between cajun and creole see this link https://www.louisianatravel.com/articles/cajun-vs-creole-food-what-difference

See this link https://www.louisianatravel.com/articles/cajun-vs-creole-food-what-difference

Though the above is still an over-simplificaiton, as anyone versed in the two types of cuisine can generally tell with just one bite if it is cajun or creole, to put it simple, creole food flavor tends to have a much sharper bite to it, and uses a different blend of spices.  Much like one can often tell the difference between Italian food from Greek food with just one bite.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #142 on: December 27, 2019, 05:41:34 AM »
Just a little south of Issac's recommendations, in the town of New Iberia, there's the Bon Creole Seafood restaurant. 
The best shrimp po' boys ever. 
Another plus is that it's close to Avery Island, which is home to the Tabasco factory along with a botanical garden and bird sanctuary that was started by the Mcllhenny family.  Pretty sure the kids will like the tour of the factory, and it's possible to spot an occasional 'gator during the drive through of the botanical gardens, although we didn't see any either time we were there.
There's also a couple of good swamp tours in the area.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #143 on: December 27, 2019, 11:17:49 AM »
Old_Crow said:
"Another plus is that it's close to Avery Island, which is home to the Tabasco factory"

Really neat place. You will smell Tabasco in the air a half mile away from it.

 Bon Creole Seafood restaurant looks awful but the food is REALLY GOOD.  The place is usually packed with locals.
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« Reply #144 on: December 27, 2019, 12:47:52 PM »
Interesting, I know nothing about that so that was educational for me. My kids eat Tabasco like water, so we'll HAVE to go there!
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« Reply #145 on: December 27, 2019, 01:49:48 PM »
If you opt for the Tabasco factory being a mid-day stop there is RV parking at the visitor center, however Jungle Gardens (next door) is drive through in car only though they do allow larger vehicles in, about half the driving loop is limited to smaller cars, even full size pickup trucks have difficulty.  The Tabasco factory tour is also better on week days when the production line is up and going.      Note on entering Avery Island there is a toll booth where you must stop and pay a dollar or so if memory serves, the money goes to supporting the private roads.  There is also a gift shop next to the Tabasco visitor center which has all sorts of Tabasco products you never knew existed, Tabasco cola, Tabasco ice cream, as well as dozens if not hundreds of types of Tabasco sauces, dips, etc (Hot Mustard, Raspberry, Smoked, etc.).  When we were last there a year ago I think we spent $50 on sauces and such in the gift shop.

p.s. chances of seeing alligators depends on the weather when you arrive, they are often not very active in January and February, though you do see the occasional one on warmer days.
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« Reply #146 on: December 27, 2019, 04:35:09 PM »
https://www.conradrice.com/contact-us/tour/ 

There is a Rice Mill in New Iberria that gives tours. Kinda neat to see.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #147 on: December 28, 2019, 05:19:42 AM »
That's it!  If I get this house thing wrapped up in a timely fashion, so that we don't have to race back across country to get to our summer job, we're headed to LA first.  We'll probably stay at Lake Fausse Pointe state park.



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« Reply #148 on: December 28, 2019, 10:44:35 AM »
Old_Crow, if you can't get in there consider Palmetto Island State Park, it is a nice little state park south of Abbeville.  Nice campground, with dense vegetation between the sites, though mosquitoes can be a issue in warmer weather, only bad thing I can say about the campground there is they are all back in sites.
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« Reply #149 on: December 29, 2019, 09:07:50 AM »
Old_Crow, if you can't get in there consider Palmetto Island State Park, it is a nice little state park south of Abbeville.  Nice campground, with dense vegetation between the sites, though mosquitoes can be a issue in warmer weather, only bad thing I can say about the campground there is they are all back in sites.

That might satisfy my wife's desire to "go somewhere different"  ;)  Pretty sure mosquitoes won't be a problem in Jan or Feb.  We have to be back in the Bishop, CA area around the end of March.

We actually had an invitation to host there about 4 years ago, but before we could finalize the deal we got the offer with RRM at the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  Having lived in Arizona a couple of times in our past life, we jumped at the chance to go back.
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