Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

View of the mail room. This only shows a small fraction of...

Each hanging folder is for one of the mail forwarding customers.

The Petersons, founders of Escapees, live in this house at Rainbow's End.

Pond in front of the Peterson's home.

This old trolly car took us on our tour.

(Ron Writing) This morning we went on a guided tour of the Escapees Rainbow’s End RV Park. It’s a large facility with camping sites, deeded property with stick houses or park models, and RV sites that are on long term leases. They also have a swimming pool, clubhouse and activity center. We spent much of the time touring the corporate office building and the mail handling facility. Rainbow’s End has its own zip code and each day a semi-truck brings a load of mail from Houston. The staff sorts this mail and forwards it to the Escapee members who use their mail forwarding service. There are many thousands. It’s quite an operation and includes a very high speed sorter that reads the addresses using optical character recognition. We don’t use their service because we chose to be domiciled in South Dakota but everyone we’ve talked to who uses it is very happy with it.

After our tour we ate lunch and then left Livingston TX heading east on US-190 to the Louisiana border where we got on LA-110 east to Longville and then back on US-190 east to Livonia. From Livonia we took LA-77 south to I-10 and then I-10 east, crossing the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge. Most of today’s drive was through rural areas with small towns, forested areas and some farm land. Especially in Louisiana we saw many rice fields. The farther east we went the more swamp land we saw. It was partly overcast but no rain, hardly any wind, and pleasant temperatures.

We are parked at a Wal*Mart in Baton Rouge for the night.

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