I took German in high school and college, not Spanish or French. So my pronunciation of all things in southern Louisiana probably sounds like nails on a chalkboard to the locals. I just try and NOT pronounce anything questionable outloud. It saves us all the humiliation.
Last night we pulled into Fontainebleau State Park on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. That lake may sound familiar to you. It’s the one where the dams broke during Katrina and flooded New Orleans, which lies to the south of the lake.
Online the park looked pretty nice. It had everything we wanted: RV sites with hook ups, trails, availability, warm weather…. (we don’t ask for much). When we pulled in after dark we thought we’d made a wrong turn into a subdivision! The entrance was brickwork on either side of the road with “FOUNTAINEBLEAU” in script letters on one side. Hmmm, fancy!
We found a good pull through spot, parked, made dinner and settled in for the night. This morning we were greeted to a moderate fog that snaked through the trees that dripped with Spanish moss. It was ethereal. We took Indy on a long walk to experience what we hadn’t seen in the dark of the previous night.
As we were exploring the park we saw huge trailers and tents set up in a far off parking lot so we headed over to check it out. Turns out there was a live movie shoot going on right there at the park!!!! A cop told us it was for “Man Down”, a military movie. My google search found this about it. Somewhere in that parking lot was Shia LaBeouf for certain! Maybe even Gary Oldman!! Although, we didn’t see them.
Although we did meet some of the people working on the set. Guys just hanging around until their portion of the movie was ready for them to work. How do you meet people on a movie set? By walking a huge dog that everyone wants to pet and ask questions about, that’s how!
That’s how we met Smitty. And how, after telling him we’re full-timers, got an invite to stay at his farm outside Tampa, Florida next time we’re in that area. This was after a conversation about Indy, and getting a full walk through of pictures of the large mouth bass caught out at his place. A picture show and tell wouldn’t be complete without a doting grandpa showing us a picture of his 4 year old grandson and the 9 pounder he landed (almost all by himself).
Smitty, we just may take you up on that offer!!!