In Louisiana and Meeting New Grandkids

April 11, 2014. – Friday

We left Pat’s house in Rowlett at 10:00 am, gassed up the RV and made our way back to I-20 going east towards Shreveport, LA. We stopped at the LA state line Visitor Center for photos and brochures.

20140413-160556.jpg20140413-160535.jpgLouisiana Visitor Center

Once got to Shreveport, we took I-49 south to Ajax, northeast of Natchitoches. Arrived at our 1/2 price Passport America discounted campground called Ajax Country Living RV Park at 4:00 pm.

Walked the dogs around the campground and checked out the facilities and lake. There are only about ten other rv’s here, all nice motor homes and fifth wheels. It’s naturally pretty here with wide open green areas, trees and pretty lake. The restroom, laundry and office areas were kinda ugly and old. There was still some Christmas decor in the restroom! With a little tender care and decor, this would be a very nice campground.

Country Living RV Park

Our RV surrounded by green grass and trees

Our RV surrounded by green grass and trees

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Lake at Ajax Country Living RV Park

Lake at Ajax Country Living RV Park

Our RV at far right

Our RV at far right

We put the dogs in the RV and walked across the street to a BBQ restaurant recommended by the campground. Nothing fancy, kinda run down, but the food was good. Bill had butter beans in BBQ sauce and I had chicken, macaroni, and baked beans.

Our meal from BBQ hole in the wall across the street

Our meal from BBQ hole in the wall across the street

After walking the dogs again, I did the first laundry of the trip since it was convenient and right in the campground near the RV.

April 12, 2014. – Saturday

We left Ajax Country Living RV Park at 10:20 continuing south on I-49 towards Mike’s place in Alexandria, LA. I found an RV resort fairly close, about 10-15 minutes from their apartment. We registered for a week at River Cities RV Park in Boyce, just north of Alexandria. We got here at 11:50, a nice short driving day for me.

We decided on this campground because it was close to I-49 and is surrounded by a fence with a security gate and cameras. It also has full hook ups, laundry, restroom/showers, and all 38 pull thru sites are on cement with grass between sites. Bill will be spending time with his son and grandkids this week, so he wanted a nice safe place for me and the dogs while he is gone.

This is the first time I’ve been to a resort that had a 24 hour kiosk at the gate to check in. I called ahead of time to ask about availability and how the kiosk would work. The person answering the phone said he would meet us there and check us in “the old fashion way, in an office”. As we pulled up to the gate, he opened it with a remote and walked up to the RV and introduced himself as the owner. Super friendly man said him and his wife bought the empty field and turned it into the RV resort, so it was fairly new. They don’t live on site, but are only five minutes away he said. The super friendly owner talked to us about fifteen minutes before we even got parked. In his tiny office we saw the tv screen with a view of four different angles in the park from the security cameras. He showed us the large nice laundry room and restroom/showers, then went back to weeding the sites as his wife rode the law mower cutting grass.

River Cities RV Park in Boyce,LA

River Cities RV Park in Boyce,LA

Entrance gate and Kiosk to self register

Entrance gate and Kiosk to self register

Our RV faces a closed rodeo complex

Our RV faces a closed rodeo complex

We have wide open views around the RV

We have wide open views around the RV

The rodeo complex in front of the RV is huge and looks brand new. The RV park owner said he thinks the business went bankrupted either before or just after opening it. Nobody is ever there.

There are only about 10 RVs in the park. The owner said most are contractors and have reserved their sites for at least a month. Most are gone during the day, so it’s vey quiet here, and private feeling. We got to pick our own site, so we have nobody parked on our sides, and two large open areas in front and one the driver side of the RV. We see the other RVs from our back window.

Mike and his family and 5 kids got here around 5:00 pm. After hugs, photos and a tour of our RV, we all piled into two vehicles and they drove us by the property they are buying and putting a new double wide on, possibly next month. Right now they live in an apartment that is too small. He has another baby being born this week. Next we went to dinner at the Golden Corral. The food was plentiful and I stuffed myself so much I shouldn’t eat the rest of the week. Even Bill ate a little. Mike drove Bill and I back to the RV after dinner.

Bills son Mike and his family came to the RV park.

Bills son Mike and his family came to the RV park.

Back row: Sabrina, Mike, Bill, Darin, Kendrick, James,  front row JR and Moriah:

Back row: Sabrina, Mike, Bill, Darin, Kendrick, James,
front row JR and Moriah:

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and playing with the dogs.

April 13, 2014 – Sunday

Today, Mike drove over and picked Bill up at 11:00 am. They are going to Chucky Cheese for one of the Moriah’s 4th birthday. Since I didn’t know how long they would be gone or what or where they would go afterwards, I stayed at the RV with the dogs. Bill could probably use a break from me the dogs and the RV after 13 days traveling together! I’m sure I’ll get to see pictures when he gets back.

It started to rain at 2:00. We were suppose to get rain and lightning to tomorrow, but by evening and into the night it poured along with lots of thunder and lightning.

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