Airstreaming Louisiana’s Indian Creek Recreation Area

Emily & Silent Partner


Morning, Peeps.

Amazingly, I still haven’t quite finished chronicling our journey across America in the Airstream. Our YouTube channel is keeping us very busy, and to say the least, our appetite to publish content is bigger than our stomachs. Still, I find myself with some time this morning so I thought I would weave together a quick post about another place that stands out in our memories as an extraordinary camping location: The Indian Creek Recreation Area, which sits in the middle of Louisiana’s Alexander Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Our stay-over in Louisiana was essentially accidental, we needed to get from Bentonville, Arkansas to Marianna, Florida – but I didn’t have enough PTO time at work to do the drive over multiple days straight. So we sat down, looked at a map and threw a dart. It landed on Indian Creek Recreation Area as a crude half-way point. Knowing nothing about what to expect we decided to drive from Bentonville, stay in Louisiana for the week, then get to Florida that next weekend. And oh what a lovely coincidence of serendipity that turned out to be.

Booking

Reservations at Indian Creek Recreation Area can be made on Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture & Forestry here. We stayed there in early December so the campground was largely empty. Rates that time a year were roughly around $20/day though incredibly they offered monthly rates, which we came to learn many retirees in the area took liberal advantage of.

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Pads were meticulously clean and in good repair, we had 50 amp service and city water. No sewer though, so we did the dump at one of multiple stations throughout the park on our departure day. Landry and bathroom facilities were available at a central building.

We also scored a clear view of the southern sky so satellite was ‘rockin. And as always, since I program computers for a living we needed good cell internet service and Verizon was clear as a bell.

Amenities & Activities

Indian Creek Lake

Indian Creek Recreation Area abuts Indian Creek Lake. We had an unbelievable view. Mornings were especially amazing.

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There are several pavilions located along the lake and boat launches as well.

Mountain Biking

While there are some hills in Louisiana along the the Arkansas border the terrain quickly flattens out and merges into low-lying forest and swamp as you move south. As such there weren’t any “mountains” to ride here, but there was a lovely nature trail running the perimeter of the recreation area. Speaking with the local rangers they said it was open for biking, though I must admit I did get a strange look when I asked.

As with my rides in Florida, I found this ride to be sublime.

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Certainly not technical but the ride gave me what I needed, which was peace and centering. Deer were a-plenty as was awesome lakeside views, especially in the evening.

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New Friends

By now if you follow our blog it’s clear one of the primary objectives of our cross-America trip was to “get away from it all”. I think our multitude of posts shows we accomplished that in spades, which routinely put us in remote quiet locations with few people. Neither of us are introverted, it’s just sometimes you just need to unplug.

In the case of the Indian Creek Recreation Area, though, we had one of those wonderful chance encounters. We happened across another couple while doing laundry of all things, and got to talking. Char and Danny if you’re out there, hi! Our conversation grew into a friendship and it taught us the true meaning of southern hospitality.

Char introduced me to boudin, which I practically gorged myself on, and Danny taught us about gumbo. Over a few short days we met our new friends for a southern style dinner that blew our socks off. Turned out Char and Danny are retired and kept a brand new trailer in the park for most of the winter and they commuted up from Lafayette during the week. What a great stroke of luck we should meet.

It’s an old trope, but people really are what make places special.

Recommendation

We found Louisiana’s Indian Creek Recreation Area has “it”. If you have the means by all means stay there!

Honda EU7000is Generator Lift Kit

Fred & Emily


Morning, Peeps!

We have an “uplifting” follow-up for you on our EU7000is generator. One of our YouTube viewers brought it to our attention that Honda makes an integrated lift kit for this unit making me look rather silly using those awful lifting straps to put it in the truck.

Join us for our next YouTube episode as we install and demonstrate this new hardware.

Peace out and be well and subscribe if you want more!

Honda EU7000is Generator Two-Year Maintenance

Fred & Emily


Afternoon, Peeps!

You know the perfect pick-me-up for a lazy summer afternoon? Generator maintenance! That’s right – after Fred and I published our first video on the Honda EU7000is generator we were blown away at the number of views. So we’re back with some friendly maintenance on our little red powerhouse with a two year checkup including an oil change, new air filter, spark plug and fuel filter.

And this is no accident, we’re planning a trip to the White Mountains jut for you, our wonderful audience, so we need some keen kilowatts for the Airstream on that trip. With that teaser in mind, watch our amazing maintenance video here! Fred definitely doesn’t drop anything in a pan of oil and Emily definitely doesn’t put here fingers on lens.

Ahem. Awkward.

Anyway, as always, be well, we’ll see you soon from the White Mountains.

E1.12 Review of the RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork

Emily & Fred


Morning, Peeps!

Alas the day finally came and I killed my 4-year-old Fox fork for good. I’d known for quite a long time it was on the verge so it wasn’t entirely surprised a couple of weeks ago when I began my usual morning ride on Desert Classic only to discover I had no rebound.

Though the price tag filled me with a sense of dread, and I feel as though I have lost an old friend, I was excited to finally move on and upgrade to my dream fork: The Pike RCT3 Dual Position Air, 29+.

I only have a few hours on this new fork but I already have a lot to say about it. So with that in mind, plead head on over to YouTube and enjoy our review of the RockShox Pike RCT3! Therein you will find slow motion amazingness, a little snark and a lot of information about this fork.

And as usual, enjoy, subscribe and peace out my friends!

 

E1.11 A Tour of Airstream MTB’s International Serenity Part 2

Emily & Fred


Morning, Peeps!

As promised, we have the follow-up episode on our 2016 International Serenity ready for your viewing pleasure. This time, all about the insides!

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Herein we explore every nook and cranny of the Airstream, carry out some trim repair and discuss aspects of living full-time.

So with that, we again bid you adieu, enjoy, comment, participate, subscribe, and live well!

– Peace

E1.10 A Tour of Airstream MTB’s International Serenity Part 1

Emily & Fred


Evening, Peeps!

We’re excited, like…. quivering geeky day-before-Christmas excited!

Please join us and enjoy our 10th YouTube episode as we share a detailed exterior walk-through of our 2016 Airstream International Serenity 30′! We’ve been waiting months to make this video and it’s finally here!

And yes, if you were wondering, this video is different. After living in this Airstream for over a year we have many observations to share, so unlike many Airstream aficionados we’re not shy about pointing out where the Airstream falls short. We hope that after watching this video not only will you come away as much of an Airstream enthusiast as we are, but also a realist about what to expect from these metal monsters.

And fear not, we’re following this video up next week with an interior walk-through that offers even more detail.

Oh, and…. Airstream MTB is now on Facebook!!

So with that, we bid you adieu, enjoy, comment, participate, subscribe, and live well!

– Peace

E1.9 Airstream of Scottsdale Full Model Tour!

Emily & Fred


Evening, Peeps.

Please join us for our 9th YouTube episode, E1.9 Airstream of Scottsdale Full Model Tour. In this video we go full geek-out mode and take a tour of the full range of Airstream Travel Trailers starting at the very top with the Airstream Classic and winding up at the end with the Airstream Basecamp.

As always a special thanks to Airstream of Scottsdale for allowing us to record.

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And please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you like our adventures, we want to bring you more!

That is all.