Texas is look'n Up - Stephan F. Austin State Park

Every time we drive through Texas, John says, "One minute in Texas is one minute too long". I'm not sure were this sentiment comes from but I think he might be rethinking things a bit. The last couple trips through Texas have been nice, and we have enjoyed the campgrounds a lot.

On this trip we are not spending any extra time here because we are moving across at clipper speed. I-10 all the way across. Our first stop was the state park 30 miles west of Houston, and for a short overnighter it was GREAT! We arrived about 2 pm and had plenty of daylight left to set up and go for a super hero hike.

The state park sits right on a swift moving river, and the bottomland forest was really neat.

It is hard to believe it is a week before Yule, and the kids are running around in tank tops and shorts.

This is definately a re-do! We could have spent several days hiking on the more than 6 miles of easy hiking trails. Texas is looking better all the time!


Frog Capitol of the World - Rayne La

This stop was the first hop of our skip and jump over to Arizona. We are on the road again, and are trying to rest every 200 to 300 miles, which means about 3 to 4 hours a day.

We left Biloxi, Keesler Famcamp, at around 9:30 am and had no trouble plopping down on the west side of Lafayette, La. around 2 pm. The minute we pulled off the interstate we could see that the town was proud of their self proclaimed title, frog capital of the world. The civic center, where we pulled in to camp, is home of the Famous Frog Festival.

The campground was the craziest/coolest/easiest set-up we have ever seen. Ever light pole in the civic center parking lot and green space had 8 electrical hook-ups with 8 water spickets for a total of 720 spots, and I think there was only about 4 campers there. We picked a 50 amp spot on the edge of the parking lot under an Oak tree, and settled in for the night.

It made for a super easy in and out spot for overnight parking. There was also a Winn-Dixie food store a block away, so John got his beer run in.

This area is part of a city sports complex with bike/walking paths all over, and a playground right across the street. We looked high and low but never did see a live frog but we knew they were around because they serenaded us to sleep on this warm December evening (72 degrees).

On the way out there was even a handy dump station - Louisianna style - open manhole to the sewer system with a water facet next to it.

All this for $20 a night.