Our route today took us through central Louisiana and east Texas along US and State highways. Not much to see except bottomland farms and pine forests known as the Piney Woods. In Leesville, LA we passed by Fort Polk. It began as a base for the Louisiana Maneuvers in the 1940’s. The maneuvers were called the "Big One" because more than a half million men engaged in simulated combat. It included 19 Divisions and was the largest military exercise ever held on the US Continent. After the "Big One," other Louisiana maneuvers were held through 1944. The reason I mention this is that my father was in Louisiana for training in 1942 and probably participated in one of the smaller scale Louisiana maneuvers. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan enough time on this trip to visit Fort Polk to get more information. I think I’m going to have to plan a “WWII” trip to the southeast to learn more about the Louisiana and Tennessee Maneuvers.
We arrived at Escapees Rainbow’s End late in the afternoon. This is the headquarters of the club and provides a home base for many of the full timers that are members. It also provides a place for full-time RV’ers when they cannot take care of their own or their spouse's if they become incapacitated from a health situation. We’ll be here for a day to visit with fellow Escapees, Rudy and Linda, I met in person last year in Texas after following their Trip Journal for about a year. We’re also going to celebrate Sue’s 65th birthday tomorrow. She’s had a cold for the last 3 or 4 days and has been sleeping a lot. I’m hoping she feels better tomorrow and can enjoy her birthday.