RV Miles takes you down on the Red River this week to the Shreveport-Bossier area of Louisiana, where we had cajun and creole food, and got to visit some great museums. We also talk with pitchup.com about their new resource for booking campgrounds and let you know what day of the week is the best to buy gasoline. All that, plus news and a new brain teaser!
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We kicked off the news with some info about Jellystone campgrounds’ desire to expand towards the west in their 50th year:
We then covered Garmin’s updated RV GPS unit. You can get all the details here:
And the final news item was the cancellation of the RV Industry’s new tradeshow “RVX.” They’re going to look at future and location, which you can read about at RVBusiness.com.
Our gear spotlight talked about a great handmade crochet beanie from Onus Art Projects:
And then we talked about the best days of the week to purchase gas, with data from the price-tracking app GasBuddy:
The interview segment this week featured Brenda Bayliss of PitchUp.com, a worldwide campground booking website that has just recently entered the U.S. market. It’s a great tool with lots of options to select campground features, while viewing prices and availability in one spot, just like some of the popular hotel booking websites out there. Check it out at pitchup.com.
Food & Fun in Shreveport-Bossier
In our travel segment, we covered our recent visit to the river town of Shreveport, Louisiana. Probably best known for its casino resorts, we found that Shreveport had a lot to offer families. We especially loved the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, which offers 400+ paintings, as well as sculptures and artifacts, mostly focused on western landscapes. It’s a free museum, and the best part is their 40-acre botanic garden grounds. The Shreveport Water Works Museum is another free diversion, a National Historic Landmark featuring the last known waterworks to be steam powered. It wasn’t shut off until 1980! We also enjoyed the Sci-Port Discovery Center on the and the Army Corps of Engineers regional visitor center just across the street.
When you’re in Louisiana, food is a number 1 priority, and Shreveport didn’t disappoint. We loved the affordable cajun/creole eats at BeauxJax Crafthouse, the beignets & coffee at Marilynn’s Place (in a reclaimed service station), and innovative dishes at The Cajun Asian restaurant.
We camped at the excellent Cypress Black Bayou facility, ran by a local Recreation and Water Conservation District. It features a small zoo, nature center, boating, beach, and roaming peacocks.