December 2 – 12, we stayed at the Baton Rouge KOA in Denham Springs, Lousiana in site 47, $55.44 was the cost each night. There are fifteen 30 AMP sites, 6 premium sites which include a fire pit, patio table with 4 chairs, and bench seat swing and eighty-five 50 AMP sites There are also 4 tent sites, 2 camping cabins they have a window A/C unit, 2 lodges for rent. Amenities include a pet walk, fenced pet playground, game room, playground, pavilion with picnic tables, swimming pool, wading pool, hot tub, 18 hole mini golf, office with store, bathhouse & laundry connected to the office (there are 6 washers, $1.50 is the cost and 2 large front loading dryers, cost is 25 cents for 8 minutes) as well as another 24/7 outdoor laundry with 2 dryers & 2 washer’s that cost $1.50 for each load, dryer runs for 45 minutes, men’s & women’s restrooms and 2 separate showers in the center of the RV Park, 5 dumpsters, propane, & dump station. The game room has 2 pool tables costing $1 each, but one is out of order. There is a Cat in the Hat ride for small children, Rapid Fire arcade, cost is 50 cents and a Multicade game which costs 25 cents. There is a Bullwinkle pin ball game but it is out of order, so is the air hockey table, Galaga and Cruis’n Exotica Arcade games. This RV Park is close to many restaurants & shopping and close to the I-10 so there is traffic noise off in the distance.
On December 3, we got an oil change and tire rotation at Hollingsworth Richards Ford dealership. While we were there I saw a tv commercial and it led us to a wonderful place to eat for lunch, Elsie’s Plate & Pie. We shared the Crawfish Hand Pie – Louisiana crawfish, corn and sausage from the boil, fried in a handmade crust, served with Cajun cream for $16, it came with 2 pies. It came with a side salad and we chose the home fried pork skins which were seasoned with salt & pepper for our side. Chad had a cup of the Seafood Lafourche Bisque LA shrimp and crawfish, roasted red pepper, tomato and smoked Gouda, which cost $6. We didn’t have room for dessert but planned a return trip.
Chad had a conference to attend in the afternoon, which is the reason we are in the Baton Rouge area. To entertain myself I went thrift shopping. I first went to the Connections of Life Thrift Store but didn’t find anything. It was smaller store, organized though the book section was not easy to get to. Next, I went to The Purple Cow. They sell an incredible variety of items in over 15,000 square-feet of retail space at their Jones Creek store and 12,500 square-feet of space at their Perkins Road store. In addition, all proceeds from sales stay in Baton Rouge to help. They have items that are only $1 for items with a particular tag color. They also have a rack or two at the Perkins location of 99 cent items.
After Chad’s conference we went to dinner at Casa Maria Mexican Grill, we picked this place because it was close to the movie theater. We had plans to attend a special showing of When Harry Met Sally since it is the 30 year anniversary of the movie at the Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD. We joined Cinemark Movie Rewards program and were able to get our tickets for $5 each. We purchased the tickets in advance and were able to pick our exact seats. We weren’t disappointed with our choice in restaurants. We started with a nice size serving of complimentary chips & salsa. The food was good. We shared the Fajitas Ultima, steak, grilled chicken and Gulf shrimp for $19 before tax. There was plenty for both of us in fact there leftovers. The seats at the theater reclined but not like a typical recliner, you could choose the height of the footrest. I was in love with the seating because I don’t do well with normal theater seating for the entire movie. After the movie we grabbed a few needed grocery items across the street at Rouses Market.
December 4th, Chad had an all-day conference in Baton Rouge, so I decided to just hang out in our trailer and get laundry done and cleaning. After Chad came back home, we went back to Elsie’s Plate & Pie for dinner. I wasn’t feeling well so I actually didn’t eat. Chad enjoyed his Seafood Potpie (Crawfish, shrimp & crab in a roasted red pepper cream sauce) & crispy Brussels sprouts. (Note: because of spell check we learned that we have been spelling Brussels sprouts wrong. We didn’t know there was a ‘s’ on the end of Brussel.)
Dec 5th, I dropped Chad off at his work conference which lasted just a few hours that morning. I took the truck to Safelite Autoglass because a rock hit our windshield on our drive to Baton Rouge, LA and we ended up with a big crack. Luckily, we have the separate insurance coverage for it so we only had to pay our $50 deductible. By the time the windshield was replaced then Chad was ready to be picked up. We went back to Denham Springs and grabbed lunch at Crouching Dragon Chinese Food. They had a buffet so we each had that. The first time we haven’t shared something in a while. Later that night we went for a walk in the park adjacent to KOA to see the sunset. We then went to dinner at P-Beau’s. We started with their Lemon Ice Box dessert, layers of sweet lemon custard and buttered graham cookie crumble rippled with double whip cream, that comes in a cute glass jar for $4.99. They brought us a complimentary basket of their pork skins which had a delightful Cajun seasoning. We shared the Bubba Burger which came in a nice, quality bun and it came with fries. The manager came to check on us and saw that I had made fry sauce and she told us it was a “French” thing to do. Chad originally asked for a bowl of their gumbo but it tasted burnt so he got a cup of their Tomato Bisque instead. We would recommend this place. They have a variety of items on their menu and the service is great!
Dec 6th, Chad worked half a day and then we went to Sarita Grill & Cantina in Denham Springs for lunch. We went over to Bass Pro Shop to look for hiking shoes for Chad since his bit the dust a while back. There was a funnel cake truck parked outside the store and we just had to have one. Afterwards as we were heading into Baton Rouge we saw the beginning of a beautiful sunset. We went down by the Mississippi River to finish watching the sunset. We then saw some event going on by the old Capital building and went to see what was happening. It was their tree lighting festival and the arrival of Santa. They had different bands playing on stage and there were even fireworks. We were able to walk around inside the old Capital building which is very grand. Afterwards we grabbed a slice of pizza for $3.50 from Schlittz & Giggles on 3rd Ave on our way back to our truck. We then went back to Elsie’s Plate & Pie for dinner. We shared a Shrimp, roasted red pepper & Havarti grilled sandwich -$11.50, Chad had a cup of tomato bisque – $4 and we shared apple pie nachos – $5. We didn’t enjoy the nachos as much as we thought we would. We wished we had just gotten a piece of pie and ice cream.
Dec 7th, I had been wanting to play mini golf at the KOA so we did that after breakfast. We just kept track of who won which hole. I ended up winning by one and the best thing about it is that I won with a hole in one on the last hole. After that we decided to go around thrift shopping. I was also able to do a quick job for survey.com while we were running around. We started out in Denham Springs and then we went to into Baton Rouge. There was a used bookstore that Chad wanted to check out and he found several books. He was really pleased with the philosophy & theology selection it had. We then went around the corner to get more pizza from Schlittz & Giggles on Ferndale. I ended up getting their Spinach Chicken salad – $7.99 and Chad got a personal size of The Kitchen Floor pizza – $11.95 and an ice tea – $1.95. The slice price downtown was a much better deal we decided. The service wasn’t very good since our food sat there for about 5 minutes before I just went over to get it because our waitress was too busy eating her own lunch behind the counter and talking to the cooking staff. She apologized saying that they didn’t tell her it was ready. The manager came over to apologize and ask us not to hold the service against them.
Dec 8th, Chad flew out early to a work conference in Boston. He got back on Dec 11th late in the evening. While he was away I cleaned the trailer really good and did laundry. I ended up washing the clothes & towels in the laundry area near our trailer but taking them over to the laundry area by the office to dry and I saved 75 cents by doing so. The dryers are bigger there and the cost is per minute.
I also watched Five Feet Apart which is a movie based on a book by Rachael Lippincott & Christmas movies on Hulu. I also went thrift shopping again looking for books that have been made into movies that Chad & I can read together. We have been reading Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I went to several of the Goodwills in the area, Family Thrift Center had a very big used book section and America’s Thrift. I found 7 books that I was looking for and together is cost less than $10.
I also attended two different types of Twelve Step Recovery meetings in the area and enjoyed them both very much. I even exchanged numbers with a lady from each meeting so we can keep in touch.
Prior to picking up Chad from the airport, I went to Family Dollar and found a couple of baskets for organizing our clothes in the minimal amount of space we have in our room. I decided to move things around a bit in the closets and found us some more space. I also did a bit of Christmas shopping at the Mall of Louisiana. I am not usually one to shop at “the mall”, but it was the place that had what I was looking for.