February 21, 2013

South Toledo Bend State Park, Louisiana

We were going to spend a couple of nights in Jackson, Mississippi, but decided to postpone our trip there because of the thunderstorms. Jerry doesn't like driving in storms. So we arrived in Jackson on Wednesday (Feb. 13) to await Dorothy's arrival. (Dorothy is my sister.) We stayed at the Swinging Bridge RV Park in Jackson. There was an actual "swinging bridge" near the park.

Due to its run-down condition,
the "swinging bridge" in Jackson
was closed to traffic.

Picked Dorothy up at the Jackson International Airport at midnight. Because it was so late and we had 300 miles to drive to deliver her to her husband, Dave, in Burkeville, Texas, we decided to take our time getting there. So the next day, we drove from Jackson, Mississippi, to Vidalia, Louisiana, where we stayed for one night. What a lovely park! The River View Park and Resort is located right on the Mississippi River. Wish we could have stayed longer than just one night.

Parked at the River View Park and Resort
in Vidalia, Louisiana

We arrived early enough for Dorothy, Chanti and I to take a 4-mile walk along the Mississippi River.

Dorothy and Chanti along the Mississippi River
in Vidalia, Louisiana

Walkway along the Mississippi River
in Vidalia, Louisiana

Same walkway -- looking in the other direction.

Bridge over the Mississippi River.
Notice the long barge that spans the photo.

Another look at a large barge. We saw
a number of these barges going up and down
the Mississippi River.

On Friday (Feb. 15), we drove the rest of the way and arrived at the South Toledo Bend State Park. This Park is located in Louisiana, but is 3.4 miles just across the border from Dorothy and Dave's place in Burkeville, Texas.

Parked at the South Toledo Bend State Park.
The water from the Toledo Bend Lake is behind us.

The Toledo Bend Lake, at 186,000 acres, is the largest man made reservoir in the South. This State Park is absolutely beautiful. All of the 55 sites are paved and there are many miles of paved and unpaved walkways around the water and into the trees. For $20 a night, we get 50 amp. electricity and water. Right now, there are only 2 other sites occupied.

One of the paved walkways.

One of the unpaved walkways.

Dave has been busy working on his house on the water. He has really done a lot of work so far.

Dave and Dorothy's house -- looking up from the water.

We have taken turns eating together at each other's place every couple of nights. We were with them last night and they are due back here for dinner on Friday night. Lots of fun together.

Dorothy and Dave

We had originally planned to leave here next Tuesday, but have decided to stay four days longer. Only, this time, we are going to move to another state park on the Texas side that is also on the water. It will be free, but there are no services. Since we are self-contained, it will work for us.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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