A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Gum Springs


Between Natchitoches and Winnfield, Louisiana

We left the snake roundup of Mansfield the next morning stopping off at the neighboring Tractor Supply for propane before leaving town.  Our goal was another Forest Service campground.

This is a very nice campground looking very much as if it had been recently refurbished.
And no one else was here!  Ten dollars a night, half that for Beans and I.
No electricity and water only at certain points along the loop.  Cell service is weak.

In my mind I think reestablishing the Civilian Conservation Corp today would be a good plan.  It would give the homeless a place to stay, feed them daily and provide jobs for the unemployed all the while rebuild our country’s public lands.  Then again, the generation back then in the thirties and forties were not adversed to work.  Hmm...guess that is why we don’t have a CCC today.

Beans likes this place.


  1. $5/a night, that's pretty good I think. But not as much fun as a Walmart parking lot.... that comes with built in entertainment!

  2. CCC might be coming back: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/11/993976948/reaching-back-to-the-new-deal-biden-proposes-a-civilian-climate-corps

  3. You said it...I'd love to see something for un-housed people to do (learned the PC term for homeless recently)...just saw a half dozen people sleeping in the courtyard of an art museum I visited yesterday...holding onto a pile of belongings. And you know camping people are considered un-housed too? I'd never thought of that.

    1. We who live full time on the road as nomads refer to being “houseless” not homeless. We have a home; its just not a sticks and bricks house.

  4. I think bringing back the CCC is a great idea.


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