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Happy hour at Betty's

Miss Betty on the right....guest Donnalyn on the left

Marvin..a fixture at Betty's make a mean gumbo

Cozy parking

Great patio for happy hour and pot lucks

More happy hour

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Hi there little guy

The remain of a large water lily blossom

View of the lake

There are several ponds throughout the gardens

Angel's Trumpet (South American Brugmansia hybrid)


Beautiful hibiscus

Lafitte's Oak

Buried treasure found

Very cool spider web

Magnificent oaks with lots of spanish moss

The Jefferson House

Roaming free


Local cajun music in nearby Erath

Enjoying the music

Lunch at Suire (pronounced Swiers)

This was a poster in the restaurant...just too cute

Having a good time! Brad, Suzanne, Karen, Michael & JC

Betty with Judy Bailey, a local singing personality



As I mentioned in my previous blog, Betty's RV Park is a destination park for hospitality and camaraderie. If you like people, pot lucks, social hours and keeping busy with music, art and fun this is the place.

Besides Champagne's Swamp Tour, we visited Rip Van Winkles Gardens. We went on this outing with our friends Suzanne & Brad (Brad's Blind Repair) and new friends, Karen & Michael. Karen & Michael have been full timing just 7 weeks!

The house tour was great! Our docent was very well informed and had a great sense of humor. The gardens are located on Jefferson Island. This place was the inspiration of an actor, Joseph Jefferson, who made the Rip Van Winkle character famous. In a time when people were making 25 cents an hour, Jefferson was collecting $10 a performance. The gardens are in bloom in the spring with lots of Camelias. Still worth the visit anytime of the year. The cafe is a must. We only had desert, but the food is to die for. A dining "experience".

We have been busy visiting, eating Betty's Gumbo and Marvin's Gumbo, lots of appetizers and deserts. Sometimes it seems like all we do is eat! Happy Hour has never been so good!

We have attended arts/farmers market, cajun music jam session, tested several local restaurants. I shared the technique of T-shirt Braiding that I learned at rally a couple of years ago. So much fun.

Friday brought us some rain and left cold weather behind. It got down to 40 degrees last night. Brrrrrr. Today is our last day. We are headed for Mandeville, LA across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. Halloween in New Orleans....should be fun.

Our last night gave us the opportunity to meet Judy Bailey, a local singing personality. Judy Bailey sings the song she wrote for Betty's RV Park. Check out Betty's website to hear the song. Judy was nominated as one of the Top 5 New Female Vocalists at the Academy of Country Music Awards in California.

We have had a great 10 days. But, it is time to move on. Thanks again Betty.

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