Chicot State Park
It was an uneventful trip from North Toledo Bend to
Chicot. We're getting the knack of hitching up
tow dolly and Cathy driving the Caravan onto it, then strapping down
the tires; all the while blocking the road. The camper "loops" are all
one way and narrow.
There's some narrow roads, with no shoulder at all, leading here. We
went quite a ways with the right dolly tire on the right line and the
left dolly tire almost touching the center line. The dolly
is as wide as Valkyrie to be able to handle a full size pickup.
Valkyrie has a bit of an overhang, though, so the side can hang over
the "edge" with the tires still on the road.
Chicot has some very steep
"hills" in the camper loops, complete with warning signs. Felt like we
were going to fall of the edge of the world! Kind of confusing,
too. It's all like a big figure "8", with a line though one of the
The sites are not shady like the other two parks. There's
dense forest behind the sites, but just a tree
or two in the "yards". Nice though,
We settled in and left early the next morning for a van trip to New
Iberia. Cathy's driver's license expires in Dec. and she wanted to
renew before we were way the heck into Texas. Because she had to change
the address they said she had to come to her "home" office. Also had a
few other things to do so it all worked out. We had planned to spend
the night with Bill and Jan, but we got all our stuff done and had a
bunch of Jan's great Etouffe'. We hated to eat and run, but we did!
The next day Cathy's sister Judy, husband Jack and Taco (da dog)
pulled in next door.
We spent a rather fun-filled few days, although Jack seemed to be a bit
antsy. I don't think he's fully into "retired" just yet!
We did have some rain, but managed to have one grilled meal in our
"screen porch". Judy brought gobs of food and said she didn't want to
bring any of it back, so she plied us with all kinds of good stuff.
We jumped in the van and did a bit of exploring, walking out on the
fishing pier. One could get a bunch of stoppers and lures by jumping
into the water and cutting them off the cypress trees and such.
Unfortunately there was a sign saying "NO SWIMMING". If the water had
been a bit clear, I would have grabbed mask, fins and snorkle and
jumped in anyway!
I figured we'd be there a while since Jack and Judy had a couple rods
and some "bottled crickets", but they didn't catch anything in a few
minutes and quickly gave up. Heck, I thought the whole idea of fishing
was to drown bait. I never catch anything.
Shots of Chicot Lake by Cathy
And a very tiny 'gator by Judy.
Then we decided to drive to the North Landing. Chicot has two areas. We
were at the South Landing. It has the office and is much bigger. It's
about 4-1/2 miles to the North Landing. At 25 MPH.
Kind of betwixt and between is the Arboretum (are-ba-ree-tum) with some
We cautiously tried the trails because of Cathy's knee, but she had no
problems at all. Even though there are some very steep parts. So
hopefully we'll be able to really explore at our next stop - Sam
Houston Jones State Park near Lake Charles.