3/14/15 Saturday in Robert, LA (Passport To Leisure-RPI ($11/night))
Birds are singing, people are out and about. We were all cooped up for all the recent rain, now getting some fresh air. I made some macaroni salad in anticipation of sunshine in our near future.
Also struggled to get a campsite between Albuquerque, NM and Cottonwood,AZ. It’s like West Texas-few places off I-40 where someone could stop for the night. 2 places had phone numbers that didn’t work. I managed to ask Passport America about the first. They couldn’t reach the owners either and this was supposed to be a current PPA campground. I got to the other by asking their competitor if they had the phone number. What they had was the number for the Petrified Forest nearby. The receptionist at the Forest gave me a good number for Crystal Forest Gift Shop Campground (boondock-free), which we preferred to the nearby expensive O K RV Park (that competitor) and the even more expensive Holbrook/Petrified Forest/KOA. No WalMarts, no casinos, no rest areas…
Since we did NO walking yesterday, we decided to check out the Tammany Trace (in St. Tammany Parish), a rails to trails road for bikers, skaters and joggers/walkers. They said it’s really scenic but I think you’d need to bike it (31 miles long) to really get a good sense of its beauty. We saw several Cardinals and heard other birds, saw lots of bikers, a couple joggers, one skater and one walker. Here are some images from our 4 mile walk. I was amazed that St. Tammany Parish created their own Republic (1st image). It reminded me of the Conch Republic in the Keys (Florida).
After that lovely time in the great outdoors, we were ready for our supper of grilled chicken and macaroni salad. Yum!