A 2-1/2 hour drive would take us to Stephen Austin State Park located in San Felipe. Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but we’ve been here before, actually not too long ago in 2022. Wildflowers dotted the landscape as we drove along I-10. So pretty!
We had reserved pull thru site #28 for our four night stay.
It was a pretty uneventful stay. Except for visits to local restaurants for breakfast (both were just okay), one day at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy, TX and another day at Snappy’s Cafe and Grill in Katy, TX.
During our travels in the area, passing through Bellville we passed by the Austin County Jail Museum and a giant bust of Stephen Austin, the “father of Texas”, located at the intersection of Highways 36 and 159.
That was our last stop in Texas. Time to move on to Louisiana. After another 2-1/2 drive, we would spend a night not doing anything while boondocking at Delta Downs Racetrack, Hotel & Casino in Vinton, LA.
That stay was followed by another quiet one night stay at Cypress Bayou Casino RV Park in Charenton, LA after another 2+ hour drive. The RV Park at this casino has 30 full hookup sites with water, electric and sewer. A night on site #4 cost us $24.30. Good deal!
Take note that the Cypress Bayou Casino is not along the most common route (I-10) one would follow on the way to New Orleans, but is along US-90 which runs further south. Our thinking was we wanted to avoid Baton Rouge, which tends to always have some lengthy traffic backups on I-10. Plus, we had been that way so many times we were looking for something a little different. Also, there was a Harvest Host oil rig museum along US-90 that we toyed with staying at, but ended up not stopping. The bad thing about this route is that the roads are TERRIBLE (ka-THUNK, ka-THUNK, ka-THUNK). No improvement since 2014 when we had gone this way (FYI tho, I-10 thru LA has improved). Keep these torturous roads in mind, as it will have an impact on something that happens down the road.
From here, it was off to the Big Easy!