We next headed to Tickfaw State Park, LA to meet with some long time friends Dan and Corrie. Dan and I were stationed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in the late 70's and as things turned out, we both left the country with our new wives.. Tickfaw is not exactly along the beaten path, but it proved to be a nice park, including a nature center and boardwalk. After catching up on news, we first visited the park nature center and walked the boardwalk. It was a pleasant stroll but given that this was a swampy area, I am always looking down for those creepy and sometimes dangerous critters. Sure enough, we spotted a good size Cottonmouth snake.
Dan wanted to head into the city of Hammond to visit an artist mentioned in Roadside America. Dr. Charles Smith began his art depicting the African American history from slavery to the present while living Illinois. When we arrived at his studio/home, he was sitting in the front yard. We introduced ourselves and he offered us a guided tour and explanation of his work. He says he was inspired by God to create this art and to inspire his fellow African Americans to understand their history and work for a better future. We spent the better part of an hour with him. He is a very interesting person totally dedicated to his art and mission.
Next on the list is a trip to the LA State Capitol.