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Saturday, March 17, 2018

It's been a while...

It's been awhile since our last post!

Our last night at Rainbow ended with a bang!!  The group...The Crossroad Band came to the clubhouse to entertain and entertain they did!!  They were great musicians, singers and entertainers.  The guy playing the keyboard was actually blind and the way he played...you'd never know!!
It was a great month at Rainbow Plantation and the Gulf Shores area!!  We'll definitely be back!!
       



We left the Escapees Park ( Rainbow Plantation) on March 1st and headed to our home base.  We would only be there a week and then take our son and head to Baton Rouge!
Why Baton Rouge you ask??   He has accepted a job transfer there with his company.  He will no longer be an Auburn Tiger but instead a LSU Tiger.  He works for the company that provides the food service at LSU and after being an LSU fan for many years he's delighted!!

Now the fun part!!!!!   We have had three adults and two doggies in our Oliver for four days and by the time we return to Auburn it will be five days!!  That is too many large bodies in a small area...not to mention the doggies.  One, our 12 year old Shih Tzu Nick, is beyond grumpy because the other doggie is a 2 year old Yorker!  A crazy, slightly oversized Yorkie that my son kinda rescued!!  He's full of himself and has tons of crazy energy!!   It's been a real "trip!!" Our first stop was in the Livingston Parrish at Lakeside RV Resort.  We were there for just overnight, but it really is a good campground.      
Lakeside RV Campground
Our Site at Lakeside
 
When we got to Baton Rouge, we stayed at the KOA there because of a good central location. Sorry, we stayed so busy we didn't take any pics of this campground but the campground is very nice.     

With Stephen (our only child) accepting this position it is obviously going to mean more travel time for us!!  We were thinking, initially, that we would travel and enjoy this awesome lifestyle for maybe 3 years and then part time it after that.  I think this proves...man plans, God laughs as we might be doing this longer.
 The next day, we drove into campus, parked and walked around on campus.  LSU is a beautiful campus and many of the trees are spectacular in size and shape.
 


 




We didn't have time to do too much exploring while in Baton Rouge due to all the things we had to accomplish such as helping Stephen look for a place to live.  While Stephen was on his interview, we stopped by the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World and toured inside...it is an awesome store and we really enjoyed it.




On our last day we drove downtown and  walked the levee at the Mississippi River!!  We got to watch as a riverboat left dock for Vicksburg and another riverboat docked at the River Front Dock in Baton Rouge.   This riverboat came from New Orleans and was heading to Vicksburg.  I believe the young fellow that was working on the boat said it was a five day riverboat cruise on the Mississippi!!   It would be fun to do a trip like that on the Mississippi River!!    



   
USS Kidd, a Fletcher -class destroyer
After waiting for a ginormous train that had to stop on the tracks while the conductor switched tracks we were on our way back to the truck!!  We stopped for a bite to eat at Swamp Box!!  We were told they had excellent Cajun food.  They were right!        
I had gumbo, Stephen had jambalaya, boudin balls and okra.  Mike red beans and rice with sausage!!  Whew!!!  It has been a very busy 5 days but we managed to get a lot done!!  Tomorrow we leave for Auburn.  We will break all the RV rules....we're driving all the way.  That would be about 7 hours with stops!  That's what we get for traveling with a non-retired person who has to get back to work!!
Now we're all caught up!!  I just have to get caught up with reading and commenting on your blogs!!

26 comments:

  1. Nice to hear from you again boy you have been busy , would have been crowded in Oliver for sure. Travel safe.

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    1. It was a bit crowded, but we managed well and it was a good trip. Thanks fryer comments.

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  2. Congrats to Stephen for his new job. How can he stay loyal to Auburn while working at LSU?????? ha ha ha

    We have driven through Baton Rouge many times --but haven't stopped to look around at all.... I too would love to take a boat ride along the Mighty Mississippi River.

    Keep on enjoying your Oliver and the travel...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Stephen is excited about his new position. He has been an LSU fan for quite some time now.
      The Mississippi up close is a massive and powerful river and would be neat to take a boat ride on.

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  3. Congrats on the new job Stephen. You guys are really really good parents to fit all of you in the Oliver and stay sane. Not sure I could do that no matter how much I love Todd. Nice to hear from you again.

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    1. The Oliver was a bit tight for a few days, but we all had fun and managed to enjoy the trip and camping. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. You've been keeping yourself busy helping Stephen and even though it is easier to catch up on shorter spans you did a great job. Now we have to try to check out all those places you wrote about.
    I'm just catching up reading other posts.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, it was an enjoyable trip and we managed to do a little sight seeing in between the job interviews and apartment search.
      You guys take care.

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  5. All those Cajun foods are cooked in this house by my Cajun husband. I decided 30 years ago when we met I would not learn to cook Cajun. He wants it, he cooks it. Works for me.

    All those people and critters in one small RV? I would stress, stress, stress. Bless you dear.

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    1. The cajun food sampling was good and quite authentic. It was a bit tight, but we did good and we all had fun and enjoyed the trip. The worst part was being on a time crunch.

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  6. I especially like all those huge, sprawling trees.The riverboats look and sound like fun as well.

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    1. Those trees were huge and expansive as pictures don't do them justice. A riverboat trip would be awesome.

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  7. Those trees are awesome! But the winner, for me, is that stunning shot of the pelican. If Stephen relocates to Baton Rouge, will that make you think about changing your home base to somewhere closer to him? I'd sure like to know where that guy in the band got his Superman shirt. My husband needs one of those. Since his middle name is "Kent," he's always telling people they can just call him "Superman." ;)

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    1. Thanks for your comments. That pelican was in the right position at the right time and I just got lucky. I wish I knew where that man got the superman shirt and I would tell you.

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  8. Look at you two .... off on another adventure! Can’t wait to read the next chapter.

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    1. We have been fortunate to be able to travel a bit more. You, Peggy and the Wiz are really getting about!

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  9. Wow! That's a lot of bodies for a tiny Oliver. But it's good to know it worked out. I just love your photos. I'm not sure if I've told you this before or not, but I've thought it many times. Do you mind my asking what kind of camera you use?

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    1. Debbie, I use a Nikon 7100 with a zoom lens. Gerri uses a Canon SL1. Thanks for your comments.

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  10. Appears you Guy's have been busy, but in a good way...Congratulations to your son! I thought I had a camper load with the two Grandkids a couple years ago...but I think you two have beat that. :)) take care and safe travels...Horst sends

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    1. It was crowded, but we decided to make the best of it and we all enjoyed. Thanks for your comments.

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  12. Congregation on the job. The food sounds soooo good. You hit some neat places.

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    1. Thanks for your comments...Baton Rouge is an interesting place.

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  13. Nothing crowd a crowd to make things intersting:) Always fun to watch the dogs interact.

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    1. The dogs did great together...as long as one didn't encroach on the other's space. Thanks for your comment.

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  14. That's tight quarters and a quick trip. Hope things will settle and get back to life as usual. That food sounds amazing - yum!

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