Louisiana State Park Road Trip Planning

Louisiana State Parks: 21 reasons to love the Bayou State

Louisiana State Park RoadtripI was scrolling through emails one hot and steamy June 2018 afternoon. You know how it is, thumbing through endless email subject lines that you have no idea came to be in your inbox. (Side note: When did I sign up for so many food and animal rescue email subscriptions?) I landed on an email that I actually open and enjoy each time that I receive it. The LouisianaTravel.com Ambassadors: Bayou Krewe Newsletter is fun to read about what’s going on in Louisiana from other people who love the state as much as I do. In this particular email, there was a “June Challenge” which suggested making a quick road trip or an entire weekend camping with friends at any one of the 21 State Parks. “21 State Parks? Hmmm . . . I want to see them all!” was the thought that went through my head that Friday evening. Louisiana State Park Road Trip PlanningSo, I went to my desk and started plotting out my “21 State Park, One-weekend Road-trip” that I thought I was planning to take in a few weeks. 29 hours and 32 minutes were all I needed to cover the 1456 miles. I went to bed thinking that I may wake up in the morning to start my adventure. That’s exactly what I did.

Starting out Saturday morning, my plan was to hit every State Park in Louisiana by Sunday evening. It was mid-afternoon on Saturday when I realized that wasn’t going to happen. Oh well, I decided to see what I could and start again the next weekend. Here  are the 21 reasons to love the Bayou State of Louisiana, in the order for which I visited:

Reason #1: North Toledo Bend State Park

Reason #2: South Toledo Bend State Park

Reason #3: Sam Houston Jones State Park

Reason #4: Palmetto Island State Park

Reason #5: Cypermore Point State Park

Reason #6: Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

Reason #7: Grand Isle State Park

Reason #8: Bayou Segnette State Park

Reason #9: St. Bernard State Park

Reason #10: Fountainebleau State Park

Reason #11: Fairview-Riverside State Park

Reason #12: Bogue Chitto State Park

Reason #13: Tickfaw State Park

Tickfaw State Park

Reason #14: Chicot State Park

Reason #15: Lake Bistineau State Park

Reason #16: Jimmie Davis State Park

Reason #17: Lake Bruin State Park

Reason #18: Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

Reason #19: Chemin-A-Haut State Park

Reason #20: Lake D’arbonne State Park

Reason #21: Lake Claiborne State Park

I’ve had many people ask me which was my favorite, and honestly, I can not pick a favorite. I was so stunned by the beauty of each and every park. The care that has been taken to keep our State Parks in good shape was surprising to me. The other reason that I can’t pick a favorite is that two-weekend road trips are not near enough time to find the real gems in the pack. I’m making it a priority to go back and spend more time at each park.

Robin Williams - member of the Bayou KreweIf you are looking for a quick road trip, visiting a Louisiana State Park is an inexpensive way to go. Entry fee is only $3 per person. Camping fees vary in ranges, so make sure you check out the website for each park. When you go, here’s what to remember:

  • Bring fishing gear
  • Pack a Lunch
  • Wear appropriate shoes
  • Sunblock!
  • Create a travel journal to make notes & add photos (paper or electronic)
  • Tag your visits on social media using #OnlyLouisiana and #BayouKrewe (sign up to be a Bayou Krewe Ambassador)

Thank you for visiting Louisiana State Parks

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You like Quesadillas? Head over to Dillas in Shreveport!

Pete John of Dillas Primo QuesadillasIf you know Pete John, you know he has his finger on the pulse of all that’s cool in the fast-casual food world. Dillas Prima Quesadillas is his latest venture. Pete celebrated with a joint ribbon cutting between the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce on Dec 14, 2018.

Dillas was founded by Kyle Gordon in Dallas, TX, sparked by his love of Quesadillas and a dream to open his own restaurant. Pete John and his wife had been looking for a fun and cool new restaurant to bring to the Shreveport-Bossier area. Dillas fit the bill.

 

Pete has always shown great interest in community involvement and he continues that tradition with Dillas. The goal at Dillas is to be YOUR community restaurant, not just a restaurant in the community. When Dillas becomes part of a community, they look to elevate the community pillars and impact the neighbors in a positive way.

If you like Quesadillas, then you definitely need to head over to Dillas Primo Quesadillas, located 855 Pierremont Rd, Ste 135, Shreveport, LA. Their hours are from 10:30 am – 10:00 pm every day, except holidays. Catering services are available.

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Dillas Primo Quesadillas Ribbon Cutting

Joint Bossier Chamber and Shreveport Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Dillas Quesadillas in Shreveport  Dillas Menu  Fun at the Dillas Ribbon Cutting

Dillas Prima Quesadillas Shreveport, LA Ribbon Cutting

All Y’all is on Spotify

Chris Jay and Sara Hebert, creators of All Y'all PodcastThe dynamic duo/Louisiana couple that is Sara Hebert and Chris Jay has been perpetuating Southern stories on the All Y’all podcast since 2013, and now they are on Spotify!

The amazing thing about Chris and Sara is that they really have a knack for finding people who have something to say but may have never thought about sharing. The All Y’all podcast begins as a live storytelling event where people are asked to tell their story, without any notes, on stage in front of anywhere from 150-300 people in the audience. If you’ve never been to one of these events in the Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana area, I highly recommend that you put it on your list of things to do. It’s such an electrifying experience that includes stories, music and great snacks at intermission. (Homemade Tobacco brownies by Judy Williams – ummm, yes please!)

I suggest you listen to every single episode, and while you’re at it, be on alert that I was the storyteller for episode 19 in 2015 (click photo below to link)

These podcasts are great for “on the way to work” or “road tripping” listening. AND 3, 2, 1, Go >>>

Sara and Robin at Highland Mardi Gras

Chris and RobinEpisode 19 of All Y'all Podcast

 

Let me know your favorite episode (It doesn’t have to be mine!) Oh, hey, don’t forget to follow All Y’all on all their channels:

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#Eat318 – 318 Restaurant Week Begins Tuesday, March 13 in Shreveport-Bossier

318 Restaurant Week318 Restaurant Week is upon us and I can’t wait to see my social media feeds fill up with delicious foodstuff. Tejas Kitchen Bar Patio in Shreveport helped kick off the week long event with a media preview. I was lucky enough to attend.

If you’re like me, I love to try new restaurants and find out which are sourcing food from local farms. This week gives a chance to try something new with affordable specials that make it a bit easier on the pocketbook.

Menu listings More than 35 local restaurants have cooked up lunch and dinner specials for 318 Restaurant Week. My advice is to preview the list and make a game plan of your “must do” events. Many evening dinner specials are almost sold-out, so if you want to attend, stop reading this and go make your reservation.

Thanks so much to the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and all of the spectacular sponsors who made this week possible. I don’t want to hear anyone say there’s nothing to do in SB!

Chris Jay

Let me know what you intend to try and tell me how it turns out for ya! Oh, hey, don’t forget to follow the 318 Restaurant Week Facebook Page.

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Get Fresh!!

Benton residents, Greg and Jessica Bennett, are getting fresh! Their new restaurant, Get Fresh Deli & Frozen Yogurt, had a Bossier Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening today, July 7, 2017. Get Fresh is a locally family owned deli, with an awesome menu. Greg says the Turkey, Avocado BLT is a favorite. Twelve flavors of frozen yogurt, sandwiches, wraps, salads and pizza round out the deliciousness. Catering is available and Greg is looking forward to connecting with the community.

Get Fresh Deli & Frozen Yogurt is located in the Bella Terra shopping center at 187 Burt Blvd in Benton, LA. Stop by soon and let them know I sent ya.

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Art In Perspective: Fragelina at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery

I was super honored to be asked to give my perspective on Attilio Piccirilli’s Fragelina at the RW Norton Art Gallery. Take a listen:

If you live in or near Shreveport, Louisiana, let me strongly encourage you to visit the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. You will be blown away by the collections held in this exceptional museum.

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Sometimes a Tesla just happens

Recently I was attending a bowling conference in Charleston, SC. While I was scanning the big conference schedule sign to find which ballroom to go to, I noticed a smaller sign with an arrow in the opposite direction that said “Tesla Test Drives”. I pointed the sign out to my friend and our curiosity was sparked. We headed down the hallway and found that the sign was meant for anyone interested in a test drive. My friend was interested and so we scheduled an appointment to drive that baby. When I was asked if I wanted a drive, I said “no, I’m fine”. I almost missed my shot at driving a Tesla – one of the most awesomely fast cars ever made, all because I didn’t think I should take advantage of an opportunity when I had no intentions of buying a car. (Working on eliminating the feelings of unworthiness but that’s another story) So I just rode in the backseat. It was super cool, but I began to regret my decision. The next morning I went back to get my test drive. There was really no point to this video, but I wanted to share the experience with you anyway.

Just some info about Tesla:

Tesla is a company that makes zero emissions electric cars, energy storage and solar roofs. While a Tesla is definitely in the category of high-end, luxury, expensive cars, there are currently Federal Tax Credits available in the amount of $7500 and Louisiana credits between $8000-$9000 depending on the battery size of the model that you purchase.

According to their website, a Tesla can be charged anywhere. The most common way to charge is at home. Plug in when you arrive and your Tesla will be charged by morning. If you take a trip, Superchargers are conveniently located along well-traveled routes. (I noticed Supercharges at Mall St. Vincent in Shreveport.) Tesla charging stations can be found at hotels and restaurants nationwide as part of their expanding Destination Charging program. Check out their website for a really cool charging estimator for range and comparison of price per mile.

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After test driving the Tesla, I realized that perhaps I CAN have a Tesla. I have a habit of thinking that I am unable to get things that are out of my current financial range, or that I don’t deserve it. It will take some responsible planning, but I think setting a goal of purchasing a Tesla (or another luxury car) is reachable in 10 years.

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Robin Williams
Marketing Maven, Holiday Lanes