Lake Bistineau State Park
We decided to loop back though Louisiana instead of going straight
to Galveston. Cathy has to renew her driver's license and the Caravan
was due for inspection in August. So we made reservations at four
Louisiana State parks for the month of July.
First stop, Lake Bistineau State Park.
A very nice spot, with a big wooden deck at our door, picnic table,
barbeque pit, etc.
But no lake! It seems the lake had become overgrown with vegetation and
they drained the whole thing to try to kill it off. One of the rangers
said it had looked like a golf course before they drained it. Now it
was a lake of tall grass.
Still a nice place though, with lots of room to our next
The only problem is the site was not near level - the back wheels were
a whole foot below the front.
First try the jacks lifted the rear tires enough for Valkyrie to lose
traction and "fall" off the jacks. Oh man! We were afraid they had been
damaged, but they were okay. The leveler manual says that won't hurt
them, "in most cases".
Valkyrie has a leveler system. One just works a joystick to get level
without having to go outside. Four hydralic jacks come down
and do the job.
We made a Walmart run and picked up some of those plastic chocks. We
drove our rear wheels on our "Leggo" type ramp things and was able to
level out with no more heart stopping events.
We were sitting outside, enjoying life when Cathy spotted a deer! Kind
of hard to get a decent picture with all the trees and stuff, but here
The other wildlife were hundreds of long-legged spiders around the
Comfort Station - Restrooms, showers laundry.