Saturday, September 17, 2005

Kinder, Louisiana

We are at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana (map).

Like many casinos, this one allows free RV parking in a designated area. However, they also have a full-service RV park, and that is where we decided to stay. It is still very hot and humid here, so the 50-amp service came in handy to run our air conditioners, plus they have a coin laundry and a pool, and we availed ourselves of both of these yesterday afternoon. I have no idea what the casino is like; since we are paying retail for our space, we did not feel the need to even go inside.

The RV park, which they have named "Red Shoes" after a Coushatta chief, has around 100 RV spaces, but it also has an equal number of "chalets," which are essentially cabin-style single-wides for rent. We're close enough to the disaster zone here that quite a number of the chalets seem to be occupied by evacuees and FEMA workers. There was even a large bucket of free laundry detergent in the laundry room labeled "evacuees only."

Today we will continue north on US-165, through Alexandria. I am hoping to find some inexpensive fuel before we leave the state, as Louisiana has the second-lowest average diesel price in the country. Ironically, the lowest fuel prices are in the areas around and south of Lafayette and Baton Rouge, and we are now moving further away from there.

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