Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend in Sulphur LA

On Friday morning we left the campground at Cagle Recreation Area heading east towards Louisiana. We took TX-105 from Willis to Beaumont to avoid I-10 for as long as possible. TX-105 was a good road and traffic was light. Once we got on I-10 we ran into construction and accidents from Beaumont to the Louisiana border. We saw where both the Trinity and Sabine rivers were out of their banks and it was still flooding along each of the rivers from the recent rains. I-10 had been closed recently due to high water being over the road, but everything was OK for us.

We continued along I-10 until we reached Sulphur LA where we travelled south about 2.5 miles on Hwy 27 to the A+ Motel & RV Park. We were assigned to Site 66 which is a nice pull through site with full hookups.

Site 66

View down our row
This is a very nice campground with two swimming pools (one for kids and one adults only), a hot tub, workout room, laundry rooms and bath/shower rooms. We took advantage of the hot tub (once we figured out how to work it) and I used the workout room over the weekend. The hot tub was located in a covered area with a large screen TV and nice sound system.
Large screen TV/bar area near Hot Tub

Hot Tub and Adult Pool

Workout Room
On Saturday we took a trip along the Creole Nature Trail. We took the route heading south from Sulphur to Hackberry to Holly Beach to Cameron back to Lake Charles. We tried to walk one of the several trails along the route, but I was eaten up with mosquitoes so we skipped the other trails along the route. At Holly Beach we drove on the beach until we hit soft sand. With it being Easter Weekend, the visitor center was closed for the holiday. The trail follows the area where the land meets the sea and the area is home to over 200 species of birds.

We had to stop and wait on a ferry along the trail. While we were waiting a large tanker crossed in front of us and the ferry had to wait on the ship to pass. So we ended up having to wait about 40-45 minutes to get across the water. 

On Sunday, we did laundry in the morning. In the afternoon, we travelled over to Lake Charles. The first stop was the Prien Lake Park. This is a very nice park located near the I-210 bridge over Lake Charles. We got out and walked around the park for about 30 minutes on a paved walking trail.

The park had several fountains along with some covered pavilions. There were a number of families in the park on a very nice Easter afternoon. From there we travelled across I-210 to the L'Auberge du Lac Casino, which is one of several casinos here in Lake Charles. Connie had won some money at this casino when she was on a gambling trip with Rhonda Herrington and Rhonda's sisters & mom several years ago. Unfortunately she was not so lucky today.
L'Auberge du Lac Casino & Hotel
After visiting the casino, we went back into the main part of Lake Charles to visit an old historic neighborhood along the lake. Lake Charles has a very nice park in its downtown area along the lake which we drove through on our route. Along Lakeshore Dr and Shell Beach Rd there are a number of very large houses that face the lake. Some are located on several acres of land while others are quite close together. Here are a couple of the older houses we passed along the way.

On Sunday night Connie used our new InstaPot to make one pot spaghetti with meat sauce. She used the pressure cooker function to cook the spaghetti squash, then removed the noodles and made the sauce in the same pot. It was nice being able to do the whole dish in one pot.