I recently joined the Louisiana Hikers’ Club. I’m still a little overwhelmed by it, just dealing with the newness. (And for God’s sake, they use Yahoo Groups. Like…Seriously…who uses Yahoo anymore???).

One thing that has been talked about a lot is something called Camp Fest. I knew roughly about it but I hadn’t had time to get to all the details. Come to find out, CampFest is at Chicot State Park THIS WEEKEND!!!! That means, that per my previous post, I won’t have to cry. I get to kill 2 birds with one stone. Yipee!!

The details for CampFest can be found here: http://www.hikelouisiana.org/CAMPFEST2014.pdf
(Note: The link says 2014, but the PDF reads 2016)
The information is pasted below:

Friday afternoon, March 4 ‐‐ Sunday noon, March 6, 2016
Food, food, food!
Chicot State Park Conference Center
East Landing Meeting Lodge
$5.00 Per Member (Under 12 Free)
$15.00 Per Person (Non‐Members, includes annual membership dues)
Please bring a dish for the potluck dinner Saturday night
Free tent camping*
Kitchen and dining hall available
Showers at the main park
DIRECTIONS: From I‐49 take exit 46 onto Hwy. 106 West. Go 3.4 miles to
Spillway Road, Turn left just beyond the CLECO power plant onto Spillway
Road (unmarked paved road, right before a curve to the left). Follow
Spillway Road until it dead‐ends at the Conference Center. (After 2 miles
you will see dam on right side of road. Several hundred feet later at
private residence, bear left. After .1 mile bear left again on gravel road
and follow 1.1 miles to the conference center.)
!!Look for signs along the way!!
* RV’s and campers may not camp in the Day Camping area. RV pads, camper
pads, and cabin rentals are available and can be rented by calling Chicot State
Park at 337 363‐2403.
Activities Camp Fest 2016
Friday Evening:
Arrival and registration (5 pm)
Used equipment sale, swap and give‐away starts
Evening Activities – Movie
Seminars and Activities
8:00 AM ‐ Bird Hike, Journaling (Sharon King)
9:00 AM ‐ Map and Compass (Zach from The BackPacker), Kid’s Tent Relay and Leave No Trace
10:00 AM ‐ Become a Jr. Ranger (Arboretum), Le Chien Dutch Oven Cookers (2 hours)
11:00 AM ‐ Cooking Demo (Katherine Gividen)
Noon ‐ Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM ‐ Wilderness Survival (Rick Fonte), 50 Hikes (David Booth)
2:00 PM ‐ Guided Hike (Arboretum)
3:00 PM ‐ Check out our Vendors!
4:00 PM ‐ Ramen Cook‐off Contest (Mooi), Knot Tying (Chuck Cantrell)
6:00 PM ‐ Potluck Dinner with Pasta Bar ‐ Don’t forget to bring a dish to share!!!
After Dinner ‐ Door Prizes, Evening Movie, Campfire, Kid’s evening hike
Sunday Morning:
Pancake Breakfast – prepared by Club’s pancake crew!
Chicot Lake Canoe (9 – 11 am) – Bring your own or use one of the parks!
Hike (9 ‐ 11 am)
Chicot Arboretum program: Nature Program at 11:00

Gus will be joining me, of course. I’ll be leaving work a little early on Friday to get there around 5pm. It’s $5 for the event, but camping is free! I’m supposed to bring a side dish for the potluck. I’ve been wracking my brain to figure out what that would be. Simplicity, cost, and storage are all concerns here. However, I’ve settled on making coleslaw and packing it in ziplocks in my cooler to be moved to another dish for service. I’m also contemplating deviled eggs. I can boil them at home, store them in the cooler, and then make them at the campsite. I’ve thought about doing the Ramen cook-off, but truth be told, I’m not 100% sure what I’d do. Maybe next year, right?

The coolest thing about CampFest is this is seriously the cheapest I’ll be able to go camping for.
1. It’s just $5 ($15 for non-members which will be inclusive of a membership fee). (2 nights of camping! Friday night and Saturday night).
2. “Free” dinner on Saturday–The side dish doesn’t count. Free pancake breakfast on Sunday. (So, less I have to purchase/carry).
3. I’ll be able to share ideas with like-minded people–Swap tips/tricks, learn the favorite hotspots, etc.

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