(Ken) May 1 – May 5, 2013. We set out early from Fontainebleau State Park knowing we were in for a longer day than our normal driving time. Normally we like to keep it to 4 or 5 hours, but this was going to be a 6 plus hour day. Needless to say, with the rain being on and off, the ‘love bug’ swarms and the Shreveport/Bossier City malfunction junctions; we won’t be planning a long day again!
With Jodi’s fun meter pegged and me being well past my last nerve we exited the interstate right into another of northern Louisiana’s infamous construction zones! I could see where we needed to go but you just can’t get there from here. Four lefts later; we were 50 feet from where we started and were able to enter the gate to Barksdale Air Force Base!Pulled into the entrance of the Family Camp on base with a big sigh of relief because we were done! The Camp Hosts were wonderful assisted with setting up in the overflow section….because someone got us there a little later than expected.
The main purpose of the stop in Shreveport, beside the fact it was along the route, was to visit an old friend; Derreck ‘The Dude’ Price. An old dart partner and teammate from Youngstown, Ohio who relocated south a few years back. We were both looking forward to seeing him again.
Still reeling from the drive we cancelled the first evening but decided to get started early the next day. Derreck and his friend Stacy took us to a restaurant in downtown Shreveport – The Blind Tiger. From the Pecan Catfish that Jodi had and the Snapper I had; I think we agreed they were better than the seafood we had on the gulf shores.
If you are ever in the Shreveport/Bossier City area; we highly recommend this place if you want some seafood!
A huge thank you goes out to Stacy, who very stealthily managed to pay the bill and tip our waiter while no one was looking! So, I felt it only necessary to buy the drinks at T ‘n’ T’s when we headed out to throw some darts. After not throwing for a month, the rust was quickly eliminated and I was back to my old self.
Once we got up and around the next morning, Jodi, Derreck and I headed to the SciPort, Shreveport’s interactive science center. We three, were like little kids trying out all the exhibits. After exhausting ourselves, we decided to take a walk along the Red River and ended up walking through one of the casino’s. It was a great day.
Derreck managed to find a charity blind draw for us on Saturday. So, while Jodi stayed home, Derreck and me were off to play darts like he had never left! I managed a third place finish and relegated Derreck to forth, but the most important thing was we had fun and it was for charity.
So again, thank you Derreck and Stacy for your hospitality and for showing us your wonderful city. Our door will always be open to you where ever we may roam.