After deciding to save a New Orleans visit for a future trip we got an early start out of Bay St. Louis, MS and our day of travel took us through the remaining portion of MS Gulf Coast, across Louisiana (where we only stopped for a late lunch) and into Texas.
We crossed the Mississippi River on this travel day. When you think about how often we divide our country into “East of the Mississippi” and “West of the Mississippi” this transition seemed significant. After being born, growing up, and spending the majority of my adult life on the East side of the river I’m not sure now when we’ll be crossing it again to come back.
The weather forecast had a sunny and 60 degree day and we decided that our schedule would allow us to take that as an at-rest day. We looked for somewhere to spend it and came up with two state park choices around Beaumont. One was back on the Gulf Coast and we were unsure of it’s post-hurricane rebuild state so instead choose to go inland to the smaller Village Creek State Park.
We shared the campground with only one other occupant - who was also from Michigan. Data and I got some mountain biking in on the relatively easy trails with the only real obstacles being some large mud holes. We did see our first armadillo - although it was a dead one laying on the trail. We still yet to see an alligator in all our southern meanderings and while the park literature said they exist here we again came up short.
On Sunday the park had some mild traffic with runners and biker riders coming through. In warmer temps and with some foliage on the trees this would also be a good canoe and kayak park - the river is pretty wide and flows relatively slow.
We spent two nights here and got an early start out on our way further south.