We drove from Fountainbleau State Park to Sam Houston Jones State Park, near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The park consists of 1,087 acres in Calcasieu Parish and is a great place for hiking and birding!
The camping area of the park is divided into improved sites, at $18 per night, and premium sites, at $20 per night. Both provide electricity and water, but the premier sites are larger and have hard topped pads. Of course, I had reserved the less expensive site, so we are dealing with mud! There are a few tents, some travel trailers and some larger RVs in the improved site area. Many of the sites are vacant, as it is still early in the season. Best of all, the campground laundromat is free! There are three washers and driers, all in working condition and we managed to get our laundry done before going for a hike along the river.
We were greeted by a herd of small deer in the wetland next to our site when we arrived yesterday afternoon. This provided Woolly Bear with entertainment well into the evening. He lies quietly and watches every move the deer make. And I watch WB to make certain he behaves!
Birds are everywhere, as are turtles. But the alligators and snakes have not made an appearance due to the cold temperatures. Yesterday had a high of 46 degrees, and today may have gotten up to 56. The sun did make an appearance and the turtles took the opportunity to sun themselves.
We also saw a variety of wood peckers, flickers, yellow rumped warblers, and a large flock of blue birds. After our hike we sat outside in the sun and watched the deer grazing and the many different types of birds flitting around the marsh next to our camper. I imagine the mosquitoes would be horrendous if it were warmer, but right now there are none and it is nice.