Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life-and travel-leaves marks on you.
----Anthony Bourdain

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Rutherford Beach (Louisiana)


We stayed at this beach for our annual New Year's Camping Trip in 2019. One of our sons lives nearby, so we decided to turn our visit into a camping trip. Robert found this free place to camp; Mary was skeptical. A free beach on New Year's Eve? She could just imagine the place crawling with drunken teenagers. But, it wasn't like that at all. 

The white speck in the background is Robert's truck.
When we arrived, we drove down (on the beach) to the furthest place we could. We had that whole section of the beach to ourselves. Well, except for a creepy doll attached to a post.
With visions of Chucky dancing in her head, Mary thought it was best to just let it be. So it stayed.

Our campsite was pretty basic. We didn't put the utility tent up since there was no need for privacy. As mentioned above, we had that whole section of the beach to ourselves. 

There is a porta-potty available, but it was at the entrance of the beach. We were as far down the beach as we could get. We felt pretty isolated. There is a field on the other side.
At night we were treated to beautiful sunsets. The oil rigs in the distance did nothing to deter how beautiful they were.
Even from December to New Year's, a screen was an absolute must. The Rhino-Rack saved us from getting eaten alive at dusk.
We had plenty of cell signal. We were able to stream movies, check email, and check social media.
We just put Robert's tablet in the pouch at the top of the tent and we had a perfect place to lay on our cots and watch a movie.

Fires are allowed on the beach, so Mary enjoyed her first-ever beach fire. 
We enjoyed our couple of days here. We were entertained by dolphins swimming close to the shoreline.

There is no water or electricity here so make sure you bring your own or do without. Definitely take out what you bring in. We cleaned up around the site a bit when we got there, but some things had to stay.

Would we stay here again? Most definitely. Keep in mind that our stay was before Hurricanes Laura and Zeta, so we aren't sure what Rutherford Beach looks like today. We found that it was very calming and peaceful to camp on the beach and feel like we were all alone. There were some campers closer to the beach gate, but no more than 10 campers were there. In fact, I would say it was more like 5 or 6 and only 3 of them (not counting ourselves) were right on the beach. The best part about it was the price!

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