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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Louisiana continues

When we were in Livingston TX visiting w/ Paul and Marsha, Paul heard we were going towards Eunice and Lafayette and told us about an rv park where the rigs are all parked around the owners house. Paul came up w/ the name and some reviews. (I think he wanted us to check it out so if it was awful, he and Marsha wouldn't go there.) After checking it all out, we decided to go for it. Betty's RV Park is in Abbeville LA and she had availability for Mon and Tues night only. We confirmed and within the next few days Betty called and added an additional night for us. It is a small park with only spaces for 18 rigs. There is an area were she can handle a few dry camping spots. Now what makes Betty's so good is that she hosts a daily happy hour for all the guests. It isn't mandatory but most people do show up. It was raining and chilly so it was held inside but there is an outside area with tables and chairs also. Besides the happy hour, Betty sets up local tours, lunches and dinners, lets peole know about local concerts and just provides a whole lot of information for her guests. She really makes you feel special. The first day we were there we wandered off by our selves to the Tabasco Factory. It's on Avery Island and there is also a garden tour that you drive around that has plenty of birds, trees, flowers and even some alligators.

We did join the group on a tour Abbeville. Betty set it up with a couple of actual city tour guides. All we had to do is pay for their lunch at a local restaurant. We did a walking tour of the city with stops at the town square, the local catholic church, cemetery next door and the historic black smith shoppe. .

After our 3 days at Betty's, we moved onto maybe the BEST spot yet. A little history, I met Art when I was working on one of the many construction projects at the Michigan Theater. We always had a good time during the projects. But a few years back, he and wife Terry, moved to Lafayette which is where Terry is from. Art told me that if every in the area to stop by.

Here we are all standing on a porch of a historic house in Vermillionville. Which is in a village of preserved buildings at a local National Park. We visited it on Saturday. There was a cajun music jam, a man pulled us across the river in a small ferry and much more. Getting back to Art and Terry, their hospitality was great. They fed us, we drank their beer (Art brews his own), let us swim in their pool and soak in the hot tub.
Boy did they make it hard to leave for New Orleans, The Big Easy? It didn't get any easier than being with Art and Terry! Thank you, we will be back.
If you know Tony, Karla's oldest son, yes that is him in the photo of the jam session. He left Ann Arbor and is doing a little bit of his own driving around the country but he is doing it in a Miata Sportscar and staying in tents, well our couch for a few days. I think he is coming to New Orleans for a few days with us and then he is heading out on his own.

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