Gulf Coast Crawl – Reservations

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A list of stops and associated reservations for campgrounds.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

Coes Landing State Park, FL, near Tallahassee. A nice Campground outside of Tallahassee place in Florida, not too far from I-10

My site is Site 15

Thursday, January 4, 2024. – 286 miles from Coes Landing SP.

Effective October 9, 2023, I was advised that Shepard State Park, MS is at capacity. There were no spots available.  I was also advised that Davis Bayou a COE Park hasspots available. It is located about 15 miles west of Shepard State Park.

Shepard State Park, MS, east of Biloxi. Just down the road from Jefferson Davis’s retirement home and the Crane Refuge. Convenient on and off I10.

My site is Site 7

Friday, January 5, 2024 – 104 miles from Shepard State Park

Fairview-Riverside State Park, LA, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. The plan is to rent a vehicle from Enterprise in Slidell and drive across the causeway and tour the French Quarter and other sights in New Orleans. Two days

My site is Site C1025

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Fairview-Riverside State Park, LA, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. Second day of fun.

My site is Site C1025

Sunday, January 7, 2024 – 188 miles from Fairview-Riverside State Park

 As of August 18, 2023, White Oak Park Campground, LA, just north of Lake Charles is full. An alternate is Sam Houston Jones SP, 11 miles away, about 9 minutes away. Sam Houston Jones SP has fewer trees than White Oak Park, but is part of the State Park system. As of August 18, 2023, there are at least 20 sites open.

Steamboat Bills, restaurant with dine in and take out is located on the north shore of Lake Charles. Rouses Supermarket is a place to stock up on authentic Cajun foods, and other real food not seen elsewhere. There is a chance the store will have boiled crawfish, if in season.

Sam Houston Jones SP

My site a White Oak is Site 6

Monday, January 8, 2024 – 204 miles from White Oak Park

Brazos Bend SP, TX. Near the Brazos River. A great variety of birds, and probably more alligators as the Everglades. The day will involve traveling down the Bolivar Peninsula, and taking the free ferry across the Galveston Ship Channel. The Galveston seafood docks are open, and a stop is planned at an excellent Fish Taco stand and Shipley’s Donuts. Depending upon departure time from White Oak, there are attractions in Galveston

My site is Site 137

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 – 260 miles from Brazos Bend SP

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, TX. Just outside Fredericksburg, TX, home of many German Food Restaurants, excellent Barbeque Restaurants, Vineyards, the Nimitz Museum, the LBJ Ranch, and Luckenbach Texas. The drive from Brazos to Lady Bird Johnson will include a stop at Hinze’s Barbeque, 1917 N Richmond Rd, Wharton, TX ( ).

My site is Site 17

Wednesday January 10, 2024

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, TX Second day of fun.

My site is Site 17

Thursday, January 11, 2024 – Pecos West Rest Stop 286 miles from Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park; A now unavailable option, Balmorhea State Park, TX 318 miles from Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park

Balmorhea State Park, TX, or Pecos West County Rest Area on I10 WB. It’s west Texas. The Pecos Rest Stop is a place to stay. Dry camping – hey, it’s West Texas. We will stop at the best Donut place in the United States, The Donut Palace, in Junction Texas.  The breakfast croissants, the home made egg rolls (Yes, don’t laugh – better than Chinatown in NYC – I’m a food guy). The SP is currently unavailable, there are some participants who reserved sites, it was a land rush, they sold out in a day.  If you have a reservation, keep it, we will adjust.

The Rest Stop is a beautiful rest area. Please park by the spots along the sidewalk closest to the building.

Saturday, January 12, 2024 – 264 miles from Pecos West Rest Area

Las Cruces Overlook, NM – great overlook on the EB lanes of I-10. There is propane in Las Cruces, good Mexican food, and the World’s largest red chili pepper. The old town is a don’t miss destination. Dry camping – hey, it’s cheap.

Saturday, January 13, 2024 – 262 miles from, Las Cruces

Southeast Regional Park, AZ. Convenient location. Showers, Laundry, no reservations needed. All the camp hosts are ex-law enforcement. Well run. Just down the road from the Pima County Air Museum, adjacent to the US Air Force Boneyard. Site TBD, plenty of room. The east portion of the Saguaro Cactus National Park is close to the campground.  Easily accessible for our RV’s.  There is a Costco to the west for a stop on Sunday, a welcome stop prior to Quartzsite

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Quartzsite BLM – Rally Site – 246 miles from Southeast Regional Park

The route south of Phoenix is planned. It avoids all the traffic of Phoenix.