Day 1 - Bloopers & Delays

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February 15th 2017
Published: February 19th 2017
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Fort Worth To Coushatta - Back Roads Style!

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and a little bit of my mess!
Let's start with the plan. With both our jobs taking a full week this time of year has become just not worth it. Dave just makes his straight salary for vacation - no commision on jobs. His best jobs are Monday and Tuesday. At my work it's "peak" season and 5 or more days is just too behind to catch up. So Wednesday to Saturday it is. Now where to go? We have wanted to visit Coushatta for a while but I didn't want to spend all my time there on property. Got to looking around and there is tons to do in the area. So here is the original plan:

Coushatta Trip

3 nights at Coushatta Casino - Wednesday Feb 15th to Saturday Feb 18th

Wednesday drive down taking 287 / 69 rt - 6 hours drive time. Leave after I take grandbabies to school about 8:30.

Thursday - Jeff Davis Parish Area

Gator Chateau in Jennings, LA - free

Lacassine National Refuge, Lake Arthur, LA - free

Lorraine Park/Bridge, Bell City, LA - free

Bayou Rum Distillery, Iowa, La - free - reservation for 2 pm tour

Back to Coushatta

Friday - Lake Charles Area

Sam Houston State Park - $4 gate fee

Uss Orleck Ship & Naval Museum - $20

Veterans Memorial Park - free

Mardis Gras Museum - $10 - doesn’t open till 1pm

Maybe pop in to casinos.

Saturday - UP early for check out by 7 am and home rt 169 / hwy 49 / 20 - 6 hours drive time

Oakland Plantation / Cane River - just south of Nat, LA - free

Walk downtown Natchitoches, La and Kaffe General Store

Now the actual trip:

On the Saturday evening prior to our trip my sweet Papa Joe passed away to be with Jesus. He lived to 88 and died peacefully. He could no longer be on the go constantly as he liked and would have been very unhappy stuck at home for a long period of time. The funeral was Wednesday morning at 10 but nearby so we would be leaving a bit later - no big deal. We paid our respects, made sure my Dad was okay and off we went from there.

First Blooper - We stop as I always do and mentioned in other blogs at Duke's just before Canton off 20. It is an awesome rest stop! Idea was to grab tacos & tcb then back on the road. I came out of the restroom. David is in meltdown mode. He has forgotten his wallet this morning. No choice but turnaround. - 2 hour delay.

Fly at mach 10 back to Benbrook, into the driveway on two wheels. It is now about 2:30pm. I'm like can I have tacos now? Hit the drive thru and on our way again.

By the time we get to Tyler on I-20 I'm over the traffic - 20 get's on my nerves. You have a 75 mph speed limit you can sometimes use.

Second Blooper - I convince Dave to just take 69 then country roads from there. Wow! I have not been thru Tyler,TX in a long time. Took an hour to get all the way through.

Once through that mess pretty smooth sailing all the way
to Coushatta.

Check in so easy. They were ready for us. Very friendly. Not sure if the person that set up my reservation knew my preference on rooms or just guessed well. I like a high floor near as possible to elevator. We were on the top floor two doors down from the elevator. Room was large and gorgeous. Everything you need. Extra pillows, Keurig, plugs for anything you might bring. Bed was large king sized and firm but still soft. Large tv and desk area. Sitting area. View of waterpark. Mini fridge. Bathroom was so nice with a very large shower with both regular and rain heads. Large counter area. Safe in room. Down the hall near elevator is a room with vending machines, ice and a microwave.

It is after 9pm and we are still in dress clothes from funeral. Quickly shed those and ready to go play. Downstairs over to players club to sign up with cards. They started us out with $15 each freeplay. We played both slots and cards for a couple hours then decided we were pretty tired and hungry. Terrace Cafe was still open - sit down dining!
Dave's Dinner @ Terrace CafeDave's Dinner @ Terrace CafeDave's Dinner @ Terrace Cafe

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Banana Pudding
I had the soup, salad, panini at $17 bucks or so. I chose the potato soup - so silky and turkey panini with swiss and mushrooms and onions. The salad bar was closed so she brought me a giant bowl of banana pudding. I gave it to Dave. He had chicken & sausage gumbo. Delicious! Add two teas. Total meal with tip $35.

Off to bed for the night with much more adventure in the morning. But first I have to have a little accident. While David was out smoking I went to the restroom. I oversprayed the Lysol then slipped in it and fell on the floor. LOL.

I cannot recommend Coushatta enough if you are coming to this area.

There are two large hotels - The Grand & 7 Clans , an inn and an RV park wtih cabins. The RV park is top notch! If you are traveling with your poochie they are dog friendly in all accommodations. Near the RV park there is an off leash dog park - not your typically tiny dog walk but an actual dog park. I don't advocate casinos and kids but if
Traci's Dinner @ Terrace Cafe Traci's Dinner @ Terrace Cafe Traci's Dinner @ Terrace Cafe

Turkey & Swiss with Onions & Mushrooms Panini Potato Soup - Topped with Bacon, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese
you are on the road with the kiddos then this place makes it kid friendly. There is no where they would need to go where they have to be exposed to the casino. There is a Kid Quest with childcare from babies to big kids. Also in summer there is the waterpark and all kinds of outdoors stuff. Golf course, tennis / basketball courts, sand volleyball , and a fully stocked fishing lake! There is also a spa and all services. And plenty of choices to eat with a dozen restaurants / cafes - from hot dog stand to high end steak house!

No complaints or issues with anyone or anything at Coushatta Casino. Everyone friendly and everything clean & just right.


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