Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Welcome!

Nice Welcome Center...

Ready to stop for the night in Baton Rouge...

Crossing the river, the yellow boat is a casino...

Notice the road splitting ahead?

A good shot, taken from the internet...

The next 18 miles looked like this!

It's actually quite pretty...

Amazing really...

Not a great shot, but this was our view on the other...

There were numerous properties like this one when we finally reached solid...

Another bridge ahead, this one allows tall ships to pass...

Off to our right...

Boy did we ever pass the refineries & storage tanks!

We've arrived for lunch...

Nice fountain out near the track...

We decided to check it out, never been this close to a...

As you can see, it's been raining for a while...

Too cold & wet to stay outside, so shot this through the...

And the winner isssssss........

One last race before we head off, it's wet out there but...

Heading back inside, a quick shot from the second floor looking down...

Walking out front, heading home, an info sign for you...

Not a great shot, but hey, it's rainy and foggy too, well...

Back home, this was the view from our front door, night....


It rained most of the night, not hard, but it was chilly & foggy when we got ready to move on. Fortunately it didn't take long to burn off as we made our way from Baton Rouge to the Lake Charles area. The highway heads west-southwest toward Lafayette via the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway, an 18.2-mile bridge across the Atchafalaya River and its accompanying swamp. The Atchafalaya Basin, or Atchafalaya Swamp, is the largest swamp in the United States. Between the two cities, I-10 parallels U.S. Route 190, which runs from Opelousas to Baton Rouge. This route has signs and is designated as an alternate I-10 by-pass that runs from I-10/I-49 north to U.S. 190 then east across to Baton Rouge and back down to I-10 via I-110 south. Traffic can be diverted both ways along this route should there be the necessity to close I-10 across the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway and is also used as a hurricane evacuation route. It is nothing but bayous, bald cypress swamps, and marshes which made for an interesting drive.

Along the way we kept seeing signs for boudins & cracklins'....What the heck is that???? Okay so we decided to try it out. Larry agreed to order them and I would order something 'safe', that way we could split the 'safe' order if it didn't work out. The next sign we saw was for the Delta Downs and they advertised numerous dining options. We made our way there & were very impressed with the outside of the property. They even had a nice parking area for trucks & RV'ers. We located all of the dining options & were sad to learn that 'boudins & cracklins' were not going to be an option. Ah well, we're already here so let's find something. I had a loaded baked potato with chicken strips & blue cheese, yummy, and Larry had a Philly cheese steak. Both safe, but quite tasty...

After exploring around a bit we discovered that Delta Downs is a racetrack, hotel, casino resort that has a friendly staff & a large clientele. It turned out that at 5:45pm today the thoroughbreds were running. So, after a bit of discussion we decided to play penny slots for a couple of hours & then go to the races. Which meant spending the night right where we were parked. We double checked to make sure they were open 24 hours (they were) and then started exploring around among the 1,600 slots and video machines before lighting on one of the few we were familiar with. We broke about even & then headed out to the track at 5:45. It was raining, although very lightly. We weren't sure they would actually run but were told that unless there was lightening they would. And so they did. We stuck around for 6 races before deciding to head home for an early night. It was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon & we were glad we stopped, even though we didn't get boudins & cracklins!

Next stop, San Antonio, Texas for a visit to the Alamo and the famous Riverwalk. See you there!



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