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Old 02-09-2010, 11:27 AM   #15
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Rodney,

We follow your thread and enjoy it. I am with you on the preference to stay out of commercial RV parks, but sometimes when we are making a quick trip somewhere or staying near friends or family we will sometimes stay at one. We tried Passport America and found it to be a good value, but did not have enough time to really use it since we both are working full time. Next year we may consider it again since we are planning on pulling the plug on our jobs and hit the road for a good part of the time.

Right now we are concentrating on selling our home and are purchasing a lot in Georgetown, Texas where we will start out with a large RV Garage and have full hookups for ourselves and for friends who may stop overnight.

Hope to see you again sometime this year. Good luck on your travels.

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Rodney, I've been wondering when you'd declare your intention to go AWOL again.

We enjoyed the Vicksburg battlefield, but we have strange tastes in visiting many battlefields across the US and discussing strategy. Also, Clarksdale, somewhat north in the Delta Blues country, has a blues museum and is an interesting town. Nearby is the crossroads where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil. Further north and across the Mississippi is Helena, Ark., and another blues museum, an unusual radio station and a very funky old town. They have blues festival every October that we've said we are going to go to for years, but haven't made it yet.

Never been on the Natchez Trace, so if you go, I'll be interested to hear about it. I understand the low speed limit is much enforced.

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Phase One: General Disarrays March to the Sea

The first part of the trip is starting to take form in my mind. Here is the general plan, if anyone has ideas chime in.

Depart dry dock at Gnat Hill in middle TN proceed to Columbia, TN to visit the James K. Polk home and then onward to near the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Once on the NTP, the first stop and overnight will be at the Meriwether Lewis Monument.

Working south, the next visit will be at the Shiloh National Battlefield.

I am still looking to see what kind of things there are to see and do between Tupelo and Jackson on the NTP, right now the working assumption is that there is at least a full day or two of things to do.

Once at Jackson, the route leaves the NTP and jogs west to Vicksburg to see what there is to see there. Then its south to Natchez.

Heading south out of Natchez, the plan is to head south in to LA and check out the plantation country for a day or so before drifting into NO. While in the NO area I want to visit the Battle of New Orleans site south east of town.

Once at the Gulf of Mexico I thought it might be fun to spend a day or two at a state park on the gulf or maybe visit a swap. I will have to see what is available for that. Has anyone had much experience with LA state parks? Which ones along this route are worth staying at?
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AWOL Map experiment

I have started a Google map experiment with potential campsites, historical locations, cultural sights, dump stations, photo opportunities, you name it. I have made the map public for now so anyone can add suggested locations for me to visit. Lets see if this works out. Thanks!

I haven't figured out how to embed the here yet, so for now I will link it Sons of Perdition Traveling Seminar 2010 - Google Maps
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:14 PM   #19
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General not sure of how far south you really want to go in South Lousiana....but the state park in Grand Isle LA is on the gulf of mexico. It has a nice beach area with facilities and you will take a swamp ride pretty much most of the time to get there. I am from south lousiana my self and only recently moved way north. If you have any questions feel free to ask I am very familiar with pretty much most of south la, and state park camping is pretty much all the camping we did down there. Let me know what kinds of things you may want to do and I could maybe give you a couple of hints along the way.
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General not sure of how far south you really want to go in South Lousiana....but the state park in Grand Isle LA is on the gulf of mexico. It has a nice beach area with facilities and you will take a swamp ride pretty much most of the time to get there. I am from south lousiana my self and only recently moved way north. If you have any questions feel free to ask I am very familiar with pretty much most of south la, and state park camping is pretty much all the camping we did down there. Let me know what kinds of things you may want to do and I could maybe give you a couple of hints along the way.
Oddly enough I was just looking at that park and adding it to the map. I am also looking for other places along the coast (heading west) that are cool to visit and have cheap camping. I tend to favor nature and history spots.
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coming back from Grand Isle you can the the scenic as in swampy hwy 90 route...this will keep you off of I-10 travel for a while.....Lake Fausse is a nice very quite state park. We stayed there for 2 nights and it was really quite and in nature. I don't know if you have gone to many lousiana state parks but several that we have gone looking for are really off the beaten path. Like a good 45 min ride off the main hwy. If you don't care about those things then you will be fine. Visiting Avery Island is a really cool thing to do if you have the time and don't mind the drive. Make sure you stop off in Lafayette, on your way west....really nice town and has great food. The camping in the state parks of louisiana are usually on the pretty cheap side. I hope this helps you out a bit. I will be reading and following your travels.
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In Utah, Goblin Valley SP has a nice campground and interesting rock formations—sort of like the hoodoos at Bryce, but not. It's between Green R. and Hanksville and on the way from Capital Reef NP.

Mojave National Preserve is interesting and has 2 campgrounds. There are areas with Joshua trees there too and far less traffic than elsewhere. If you follow 66 in southern Cal, you'll see some interesting things on that lonely stretch of road.

When will you be at Arches?

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May(ish) if I make it up there. Still waiting to see if anything comes of the forums photo rally that Zeph has been working on. I take it you looked at the map? I think its going to be a pretty cool travel planning tool, esp if people go ahead and add spots on it.
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General...I forgot to add the town of Morgan City....if you like different types of things to do you can tour an old oil rig and see how things work....Morgan City is a small older town that has a nice park owned by the town called Lake End....I am trying to think of the little restaurant that truly has some of the best home cooked meals ever. I will ask a friend what the name is and you will not regret going eat there. Very good on the pocket book as well. I would really recommend you at least stoping in Morgan City it would be right on your way west if you take Hwy 90 route.
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I just found the restaurant:

Rita Mae's Kitchen
Plate lunches, short order, gumbo
711 Federal Ave., Morgan City, LA
Phone: (985) 384-3550
Hours: Open 7 days, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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General...I forgot to add the town of Morgan City.........
Looks like a neat place. Do you have more info on the oil rig or park? I found the park on google, but no info on if they allow overnights. I added the restaurant to my map along with your comments. Don't forget you should be able to add points of interest to it if you like. Don't worry about making a mistake, if something gets goofed up we will figure out a fix.
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http://www.lakeendpark.net/

International Petroleum Museum & Exposition
The only place in the world where the general public can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig. The renowned and historic drilling rig "Mr. Charlie" is the centerpiece of this unique facility as well as a training facility for the offshore oil industry. Visitors learn about the oil industry, past and present, the functions of the oil rig and tales about the industry's beginnings. Tour takes approximately 1 hour.
Riverfront, 111 First St., P.O. Box 1988, Morgan City, LA 70381
Phone: (985) 384-3744
Hours: Mon.-Sat. Guided tours begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission $5 Adults, $4 Sr. Citizens, $3.50 Children 12 & under, free 5 & under.
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I found the site for the park for you....and this is the info for the rig/tours....also the last site is cajuncoast....and that is for the parish of St Mary and gives some other things there. that is where i pasted the rig info for you. I will keep brainstorming about some different things for you to do down there. I will try to figure out your map....i am not too computer updated.... I hope this stuff is helping you out to find some of the type of things you are looking for.
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I hope this stuff is helping you out to find some of the type of things you are looking for.
Very much so, I doubt I would have found this stuff on my own.
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