Louisiana Visitors Center
Picnic area behind the Visitors Center - check the signs: No Swimming and Beware of Snakes
About 8 miles north of Lake Charles (population 70,000) is Sam Houston Jones State Park. The park was originally named in honor of Texan Sam Houston who traveled extensively in this area; but was later renamed for the 46th governor of Louisiana from 1940-1944, Sam Houston Jones.
The caretakers of this 1,087 acre park have worked diligently to keep the land in its natural state; therefore, abundant wildlife inhabits the whole area. There are tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest that combine to create a unique natural environment.
Louisiana Governor Sam Houston Jones, 1940-1944
As we drove into the park at about 2 this afternoon I felt we were entering an almost alien environment. I'm looking forward to exploring the park more thoroughly tomorrow, but as Lacy and I walked around late this afternoon, I was thrilled with all that we saw.
All settled in our new yard - what a beautiful landscape
These deer were right outside my dinette window - I counted 11 but only got these in the photo because they were starting to scatter. The trees around the RV are filled with very dark-colored squirrels that scurry around on the ground and then quickly run up the trunk of a tree and start a circus act of hopping (almost flying) from tree to tree
This is the West Fork of the Calcasieu River. It's about 220 miles long and works to drain the forests and bayous, ultimately delivering the water to the Gulf of Mexico, which is only a few miles south of the park. This shot was taken about 50 yards from where Floribunda and Petunia are parked
This photo was taken only a few feet away from the coach. The scenery is incredible - and so different for this California girl
Love these tree trunks
We're settled in for the night and are looking forward to continuing adventures tomorrow. Good Night, Folks.