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South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco, LA - Day 19

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Friday, November 3, 2023 - South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco, LA - 166.5 Miles, 1,766.4 Miles for the trip

As of this morning, there were five RVs in the B section of Natchez State Park. Two, including me left this morning, but the reservations showed many arriving later today.

I hit the road around 10:30, most of the drive on US 84 & LA 28 & LA 171. I arrived at South Toledo Bend around 2:00. A heads up - do your shopping well before you arrive. I don't think there is much within 30 miles. As usual, I took photos with my iPhone as I crossed the Mississippi. I even included one of the casino where I handed out debit cards for the Red Cross during Katrina. It was abandoned then; looks to be active now. Also drove through Alexandria where we were headquartered, and past Fort Polk which has had a name change to Fort Johnson since my time there in 1968 learning how to shoot mortars before heading to Vietnam. I never saw a mortar in RVN, but spent 6 months in the A Shau carrying a M79 grenade launcher for the 101st. My teaching experience got me rotated after 6 months to the headquarters company at Camp Eagle doing operations & training.

Crossing The Mississippi The Casino

Just in case you do a mystery search using Libby, the iPhone app used to rent library books (both audio & reading) and you find The Girl With the Dragonfruit Tattoo, don't believe it. It is a romance with little mystery. While the search functions of Libby are better than what was available with its predecessor OverDrive, it really needs a "do not include" search function. Seems an awful lot of mysteries are also romance novels. In any case I endured 2 hours of it because there wasn't much else on the radio, then switched to the XM radio NPR station.

I'm in site 14 for two nights, a very unlevel back in with water & electric for $32.79 per night. Even with the full height available with the Anderson levelers, I'm 1/2" low on the driver's side, and had to unhook so I could lower the tongue 7 1/2". The bathrooms are a medium walk away. There are washers & dryers at $1.75 each. More about the showers tomorrow.

Site 14

It is finally warm enough for me 74° outside. I don't need the AC, but I still may need the electric heater overnight. After setting up I got out the camping chair & read outside.

Dinner was a cheese brat and salad.

Until Tomorrow -


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