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    Posted: 24 Dec 2020 at 8:13am
I wanted to go back to Grand Isle because I had been there in the mid 60's.  Boy a lot of changes like everywhere but the SP is a nice one within walking distance of the beach.  Glad I went but didn't go to Bonnet Carre Spillway, we were first timers back then and trying to make to Arizona to see the kids so we just had an overnighter at the mosquito haven Sea Rim.  Now as retirees we're not in so much of a hurry and look for COEs and BLMs. For overnighters Crackle Barrels and Elk Lodges are good or Walmarts.

Where are you starting your bayou trip?  Going all along the gulf coast?  Ending up in Mexico?  Some of our favorite state parks are in southern New Mexico, nice weather break in March/April.  This year they may still be closed to non-residents due to covid restrictions, so that's why we're looking at Padre Island.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Dec 2020 at 9:59am
Originally posted by JR

I wanted to go back to Grand Isle because I had been there in the mid 60's.  Boy a lot of changes like everywhere but the SP is a nice one within walking distance of the beach.  Glad I went but didn't go to Bonnet Carre Spillway, we were first timers back then and trying to make to Arizona to see the kids so we just had an overnighter at the mosquito haven Sea Rim.  Now as retirees we're not in so much of a hurry and look for COEs and BLMs. For overnighters Crackle Barrels and Elk Lodges are good or Walmarts.

Where are you starting your bayou trip?  Going all along the gulf coast?  Ending up in Mexico?  Some of our favorite state parks are in southern New Mexico, nice weather break in March/April.  This year they may still be closed to non-residents due to covid restrictions, so that's why we're looking at Padre Island.  

I learned last week of a checkup my wife needs to do the 18th of Jan.. I was hoping to leave the 8th.. Oh well. I'm running out of NH, heading south to Tallahassee and running the coast westward to Padre Island.
Depending on time (how much we spent getting there), I'd like to pass through San Antoine and Big Bend heading towards AZ. I've been developing a N/S run in western AZ/Eastern AZ along the Colorado reaching Joshua Tree NP (never been). Several meet ups happening around Q in Feb so that could work out. 

I posted up the Tallahassee to Padre Island on my YT channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOAKZFDzjIc&t=7s

I was invited to join a caravan to Baja, MX and will be doing a seminar the organizer setup up on Saturday. I signed up as an alternate mainly due to not knowing exactly when we would/could meet up and really don't like setting deadlines. I like going as the wind blows or the bugs chase us out (lol). 

I am looking forward to visiting Padre Island and I would like to get into Bird Island Basin or Yarborough Pass (4wd) and get out of the wind/blowing sand. Shame we're going at different times!

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Your YouTube posting looks like you have it planned out well and you should enjoy that trip.  We have been to several SPs and County Parks in Az not much in the BLM stays but you should enjoy the weather out there.  You will see some different country compared to New Hampshire.  Take your time and enjoy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Dec 2020 at 10:46am
Originally posted by JR

Your YouTube posting looks like you have it planned out well and you should enjoy that trip.  We have been to several SPs and County Parks in Az not much in the BLM stays but you should enjoy the weather out there.  You will see some different country compared to New Hampshire.  Take your time and enjoy.

That channel I'm posting my Westward run of 2019 which was just amazing! Traveled along the US/Canadian border much of the way in both directions.

The website I'm working on combines several sites I have posted over the years and includes our trip to the Southwest. Utah, NM and some AZ. http://bywaysnohighways.com

I have a special place in my heart for the Atlantic Maritimes and hope to get back again this year..  This year lead to running almost the entire Maine coastline to the border! We're hoping to get out to Newfoundland in 2021. We shall see.

Never having seen the Bayou or any of the region along the Gulf, I do so look forward to what it has to show us and adding another chapter to our travels. 


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