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Mississippi to Texas [Nov. 28th, 2011|10:07 am]
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After three days in Mississippi we packed up and headed out on our planned route, aiming to spend some time in Texarkana before making our way to Arkansas for Thanksgiving with J’s family.  Our first stop was a two night stay in Louisiana, at Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, LA.  Generally we like county and city parks, but we’re always a little wary because they may be great or they may be nasty and you don’t know which until you get there.

Fortunately we got lucky with this one:

Lincoln Parish Park was a great campground.  It’s famous for mountain biking (they hold XTERRA games there.)  The trails criss-cross the tall pine forest, with frequent “Bike Crossing” signs on the road to the campsites.  RV sites are full hookups for $20 a day; very reasonable, and most of the sites overlook a beautiful lake ringed with a paved path.  We had a gorgeous view of the lake out our back window and doorway.  It was a lovely campground; there’s reasonable shopping not too far away, it’s not too far off the freeway, heck, there’s even a good catfish joint in town.  J and I were both sorry to be staying for just two nights before moving on to Texarkana.
It turned out to be just as well that we were only there for two nights since they don’t offer refunds.  That meant we didn’t lose any money when on day two we got the call to head for Texas for J’s work, again.  At least this time we were close enough that it was a one day drive to New Caney, a northern Houston suburb, where we settled at Forest Retreat RV Park.  This was a very nice private campground aimed at big rigs, and it was about as far from the wooded lakeside ambiance of Lincoln Parish Park as you can imagine.  Concrete pull -through sites, roads with extra space at all the turns, grassy lots.  The spaces were nice and big, and the road noise wasn’t too bad.  The donkey braying a few times a day from the corral next door was a little disconcerting, though.
Midway through the week a ginormous fifthwheel pulled into the site next to us.  Six slides and almost no windows!  It had three axles and a freightliner to tow it and a pull-out patio complete with doorbell instead of fold out steps.  I was intensely curious about it and googled the logo, which led to Travel Units, a company that builds custom fifthwheels, but that was as far as my information mining could go; we rarely saw the inhabitants to ask them about it.  I wonder what the layout was like and why they had so few windows?  One of the things I love about fifthwheels is the great natural light, so that just boggled me.
We came in on Saturday for a Monday customer meeting, and the silver lining of having Sunday at the International Quilt Festival in Houston went a long way to make up for the disruption of our plans.  We’ve been on business travel since mid-October, with two days off for good behavior.  I am looking forward to the holiday season, when J usually takes most of his vacation and business is usually a little quieter (customers don’t want to work over the holidays either.)