We are, however, tired of the horrendous, teeth-rattling stretch of I-10 in Louisiana. Every time we drive that road we swear we aren’t going to do it again. And then we do, and we find another screw or bolt rolling around in the trailer, and we have no idea where it escaped from. We’re saving all of the random bits, just in case.
Take The Ferry, Avoid The Hassle
Here’s a tip for any of you who may ever travel east from Galveston. You do not want to drive through Houston, trust me. And you don’t have to! We were thrilled a couple of years ago to discover that there’s a free ferry that travels between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. It’s part of the Texas Highway system, and it’s fantastic. A 10-minute ferry ride saves a bunch of miles, time, and stress.
Unfortunately, the ferry does not bypass the awful stretch of I-10 in Louisiana.
On our way to Florida along I-10, we have two favorite stops that we try to include every time we travel the southernmost route. I’ve written extensively about both on our blog, so rather than repeat what I’ve already written, I’m including links to previous posts. Both are some of the most unique places we’ve encountered in our travels.
Cajun Country, Louisiana
We love the music, the food, the history, the bayous, and the joie de vivre of Cajun country. We always stay at Poches Fish’n’Camp in Breaux Bridge and base our explorations from there. A few of our past adventures:
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Every visit, we dig deeper into the rich heritage of this fascinating culture. In February, we visited the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, where we learned more about the history of the French settlers who were ousted from their homeland in Acadiana (present-day Nova Scotia) in the 1700s by the British. We’re visiting Nova Scotia this summer, so for authenticity, we chose a French-speaking guide. It helped that our guide pointed a lot.
We discovered a fantastic little restaurant in Lafayette, where the food is a much healthier version of Cajun cuisine. The Blue Dog Cafe offers a small menu featuring local specialties like grilled Gulf snapper, blue crab pasta, and jambalaya stuffed eggplant. It’s a fun, colorful atmosphere decorated with the fabulous folk art paintings of renowned Cajun artist George Rodrigue, and there’s live music on the weekends.
We’ve loved every visit we’ve made to Cajun Country. You can read more about our adventures and the many things there are to do in the following posts, including a video clip of a Cajun music jam and information about the RV Park in Breaux Bridge:
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
This unassuming little coastal town seems to fly under the radar. We stumbled across Ocean Springs several years ago when we were staying next door at the campground in Gulf Islands National Seashore. When we discovered the vast artistic legacy of Walter Inglis Anderson, we were intrigued. The excellent kayaking, biking, and beaches make the area all the sweeter.
On our first visit to Ocean Springs, I was instantly enamored with Walter Anderson’s art and fascinated by his life story. I ended up spending far too much time reading about him and then writing a post, which you can read here:
This happens to me all the time. On the one hand, I love the opportunities for immersion in culture, nature, and history that this lifestyle provides. On the other hand, there is so much input every day—it can be challenging to absorb all that we experience. How do you choose what to focus on when life presents so much?