Monthly Archives: July 2009

Review of Sam Houston Jones State Park Campground – Lake Charles, LA

Sam Houston Jones State Park is located about 15 minutes north of I10 near Lake Charles, LA.  We arrived on a hot July afternoon after driving 400 miles from Pensacola, FL.  The campground is filled with big trees which provide abundant shade.  It’s a study of contrasts.  On the positive side: full hookups, free wifi, and paved camp sites.  On the negative side: whoever planned this campground was likely never in a camper.  A person might get lucky and land in a site with all the hookups conveniently close at hand.  However, that is unlikely.  The sewer, water, and electric hookups are most often 20 feet or more from the site.  I told the young lady at the office that I couldn’t reach the electric outlet and she produced a 30 foot extension I could borrow.  Actually, she had two left.  The first was shorted out and the second worked fine.  If anyone came in after me, they were out of luck.  I was able to reach the sewer by hooking together the two hoses I carry.  Then, I couldn’t reach the water.  The office carried no hoses, so I walked up to a campsite in which several were sitting in a circle and asked if I could borrow a water hose for the night.  Typical of campers, three people offered me, a stranger to them, a hose.  With that I was in business.  Aside from these things, and the sites being quite close together for a state park this is a nice place to stay.  Oh yes, one more thing, we are parked right next to restroom facilities, but the building is closed.  As I said, this place is a study of contrasts.  The other restroom is not only open, but it’s the only air conditioned restroom I’ve ever seen in a state park!

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Naval Air Museum, Pensacola, FL

Our journey home from Nazarene General Assembly in Orlando, FL took us through Pensacola.  Several years ago we visited the Naval Air Museum there and since we were looking for something fun to do that was also inside out of the 100 degree heat, we decided to make a return visit.  It was everything I remember it being and more.  What a neat place to visit.  We spent around 3 hours there but could have stayed much longer.

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