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Old 07-04-2011, 08:28 AM
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looking for ideas for a day long road trip. I'm in the Northwest Corner of Louisiana, about 20 miles from both the TX and AR lines.

The wife and I want to load the kiddo up in the truck and go for a ride to nowhere, or perhaps even somewhere if we can figure out where to go.

My wife hasn't had the chance to get out much, and has been having a bit of cabin fever, feeling as though she's a babysitter and pet sitter (we have a virtual zoo with 2 dogs, a bird, a turtle, and 7 fish tanks). I'm out of the house frequently (3-5 days a week) as I'm out playing choo choo. She's a high school teacher and hasn't done much since school let out at the beginning of June.

We want to make a day trip. A 5 or 6 hour sort of thing. something where we can be home in time for dinner, and have enough time to unwind before we go to bed early.

anyone have any ideas?

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I'm not that familiar with your part of the country bud.

Slip over to Vicksburg and check out the Civil War memorials?

Head West to Dallas? That might be more than 5 - 6 hours though.

Good luck with your road trip plans. Sounds like the Mrs. needs a break!
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I was going to suggest Dallas as well, just not too familiar with what there is to do there. Or maybe jog over to Hot Springs, AR, I hear it's really nice there. My road trip last week was 5-6 hours one way but I planned on spending the night and going home the next day so it worked out well.

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I drove 5 1/2 hours for my trip last Monday but I too stayed the night at my destination

I was thinking Hot Springs too but you said day trip.
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thanks GT, but I think I'd rather not jump out of an airplane that is still perfectly functioning.

We've done the Hot Springs thing. It's a lil less than 3 hrs away. We'll often (several times during the summer) take a trip up to Lake DeGray for the day. It's one of the cleanest/ nicest lakes around. Most of the lakes in my area are not something that you'd feel comfortable swimming in (even if the gators are contained) mostly due to the water quality.

We ended up jetting over to Tyler, Tx to the Caldwell Zooit was a really good time, and surprisingly a nice place. I was expecting a podunk type of thing.

All of the paths were shaded for the most part, and they had indoor exhibits scattered around so that you had a chance to soak up some AC after awhile.

I took a bunch of pics, and I'll be posting those soon. I've got 'em downloaded from the camera on the other computer.

It was 202 miles round trip. I was running 70-75 MPH most of the way and I used less than a half tank of gas. I haven't had a chance to fill up again, so I'm not sure what the milage was for sure, but I'm guessing somewhere north of 17 or 18 MPG. This was a nice test run for our trip to Atlanta at the end of the month (around 600 miles one way).

Thanks for the suggestions everyone

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Glad that you got to see some country side

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Another idea, you could make an overnight trip down to New Orleans. While you are there you can take the little one to the zoo(one of the best in the country) Y'all could walk around the quarter, riverwalk, lots to do around here.
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thanks Dillion, we went down to N'awlins last year. We stayed right in the Quarter. We did both the zoo thing and the aquarium (though we made the mistake of walking from Orleans St to the aquarium... never again)

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I filled the truck up last night after my trip to Tyler. I got 17.62 MPG while running 70-75MPH over very hilly roads. I'm quite pleased with this. I figure that I'll do even better when I go to Atlanta, as the roads are a lil flatter, and probably won't be going quite as fast

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