Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ft. Walton Beach Vacation, Day 1

July 5th, 2009


Packed and left the house by 10:15am, which is no mean feat for our family!

Took Hwy 75 to I-20E and hit Shreveport, LA by 2PM.  Seems like it took forever to leave Texas…that is, until we entered Louisiana, where we took I-49S towards Alexandria, LA.  There are NO bathrooms off of I-49 between Shreveport and Alexandria.  Well, there is one.  In Natchitoches.  Don’t pass this one up!  Its the best place for a bathroom before Alexandria.

Since we missed Natchitoches exit, we wound up stopping in a backwater gas station well off the freeway – it was essentially a mobile home (no wheels) and a gas pump.   We had to buy something to use the restroom – silly me bought gas.  Of course, Josh can’t resist the Pavlovian response to a public bathroom and had to poop.  I could hear banjos the whole while…my only regret is that we didn’t get pictures.

Stopped in Alexandria, LA at a McDonalds – bleh.

Made it to Covington, LA by 6:30PM.  We stayed at a Courtyard by Marriot, room #311 and used points for it.  Total cost: $0.

Ate at Acme for dinner…the red beans and rice were phenomenal, but the Bloody Mary sucks. 

From FtWaltonBeach2009

We spent a fortune here.