Louisiana Part I: Sportsman’s Paradise

I’ve been making a few changes and additions to our website -mostly in the form of adding pages with more photographs. Since we are just beginning our second year of the Lower 48 in 48 Tour, I’m reposting the recap of our first stop in our first state. Just for grins.

We arrived at Jimmy Davis State Park on Caney Creek Lake on a beautiful sunny Friday. The park is south of I-20 between Ruston and Monroe. It is located on an entire peninsula on the lake, so you are basically surrounded by the beautiful scene of water behind trees from every angle. I was impressed immediatly and continue to be each day we are here. The landscape is beautiful, the place is immaculately clean, the campsites are situated with great views and at a good distance from the neighbors. The park has two boat launches, 17 very cool 2-bedroom cabins, 2 lodges, a group camp area for 150 people, an excellent sandy beach area, and 77 campsites.

On our first Saturday morning we went to the nearest town with a Walmart (Jonesboro) for groceries and a Louisiana State Fishing License for Mike. By Sunday we were back at the Park Headquarters to extend our stay for 4-more nights from our original plan of 8 nights to a new time-frame of 12 nights. This place is so peaceful and quiet and empty, is seemed like the perfect spot to ease into our new slow and peaceful life.

We have been spending time walking the dogs, riding the bikes, building and tending a fire, lounging in the hammock, and cooking nice dinners outside. Oh yeah, and Mike has been fishing. I can either find him at the edge of the lake by our spot, or at the boat docks around the corner (which happen to be extremely well lit all night – explaining why there was no one in my bed this morning around 4:30 when I woke up and realized I had the whole bed to myself and was not taking advantage of extra pillows and blankets)! We have had fried fish for dinner once, and we are currently restocking the freezer.

We have been on two other road trips to Monroe and Natchitoches. We enjoyed the latter more than the former. While we were in Monroe, I should have tried to find the Duck Commander Warehouse and introduce ourselves to some of the Duck Dynasty clan. We ate shrimp Po-Boys, went to Walmart and searched for a liquor store instead. In Natchitoches we ate more delicious cajun food, walked around and looked at all the cool historic buildings and houses, found the state’s oldest hardward store, visited a beautiful 1800’s Catholic Church so I could light a candle for my new 2nd-Cousin, and yes- went to Walmart for groceries.

Anyone who likes to bass fish should come here with their own boat. It would be a great family vacation to rent one or more of the cabins or lodges. Fisherman could fish, everyone else could hang out by the fire (like me). It appears that the Louisiana State Park System really has their act together. I’m looking forward to checking out our next park in the “Cajun Country” part of the state.

Pink Sunset
Pink Sunset
Mike fishing at the end of our spot
Mike fishing at the end of our spot
Early morning fog at boat launch
Early morning fog at boat launch
First sunset
First sunset
First impression
First impression
Our Camp Host out on his boat
Our Camp Host out on his boat
Blue sunset
Blue sunset
All set up
All set up

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