Low Bridge, Country Fried Steak and Mississippi Plantations

March 15-21, 2018 — Spring has officially arrived and the weather has been perfect with cool nights and warm sunny days. So glad Texas was able to redeem itself after the cold dreary winter it threw at us. Our week started at Spring Creek Park in Tomball, Texas with three days of free full hook up camping before starting our slow journey north and east. Two days were spent at Sandy Creek Corps of Engineers park near Jasper, Texas, one night at a Walmart in Alexandria, Louisiana and the final night at the Natchez Visitor Center in Natchez, Mississippi. Total RV miles driven were 323 which is equivalent to less than 7 hours of driving, easily a one day trip but since we’re not in a hurry we split it into three driving days. We had no need to add unnecessary stress to our lives by driving long hours. 

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With the beautiful weather upon us we went searching for a new area to explore that had nature trails and that led us to The Woodlands. It is a master-planned community north of Houston that is located in a heavily forested area that has retained much of the natural feel with plenty of green space including the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. 

We enjoyed several of the many hiking trails in the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. 

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The Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball, Texas was a recommended eating spot for their famous chicken-fried steak which is deemed the best in Texas. We don’t eat out often but since we had never had chicken-fried steak before we thought we would try it. 

OH MY GOODNESS was this chicken-fried steak from Goodson’s Cafe delicious. It was super tender, crispy and seasoned just right. We ordered one entree to share and it was more than enough for the two of us. Goodson’s Cafe is a must stop for anyone in the Houston area. YUM!! 

Decorated steer inside Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball, Texas. We don’t know the significance of it but thought it was kinda cute

Sandy Creek Park is a Corps of Engineers park on B A Steinhagen Lake near Jasper, Texas. It is a beautiful campground with huge pull-through sites. Since we were just enjoying the surroundings for two days we didn’t even bother to unhook the car. We had hoped to take leisurely walks along the lake shore but the bugs were so bad that being outside for any length of time was miserable. Even bug spray didn’t seem to deter them.

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Hello Louisiana. We finally made it to another state after spending three and a half months in Texas. 

So glad our Vegas is only 11’3″ high and could easily get through this bridge unscathed. From the looks of the bridge not everyone traveling this path was so lucky as every truss was bent and twisted. Burr’s Ferry Bridge over the Sabine River is located on the Texas/Louisiana state line where Texas 63 becomes Louisiana 8.

Natchez Visitor Reception Center in Natchez, Mississippi is a nice visitor center with extremely helpful employees that furnish information and history about the Natchez area. The center also offers free overnight RV parking for up to two days. 20 amp electricity is also available although with the ample sunshine we didn’t have a need to plug the RV in. Love having solar!

Natchez-Vidalia Bridge that crosses the Mississippi river between Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi is a twin cantilever bridge with one bridge being built in 1940 and the second in 1988. 

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Stanton Hall aka Belfast in Natchez, Mississippi was completed in 1858 as a home to cotton broker Frederick Stanton. The grounds were stunning with blossoming plants and majestic trees. 

Yikes! Luckily we didn’t encounter any snakes while in Natchez, Mississippi where this photo was taken but we did see three snakes while hiking in the George Mitchell Nature Preserve in The Woodlands, Texas. Welcome to nature!

It felt great to be on the road again and heading new areas to explore. Stay tuned for next week as we continue touring Natchez, Mississippi and start our journey up the historic Natchez Trace. 

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