bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background

One night in Westlake, LA–Winter Warmth trip

We were in Westlake in February 2021 during our Winter Warmth trip.

snowy roadside water tower in Texas

Hooray! This is the last post from our Winter Storm Uri series! In February, we drove into the cold and snow in Mesilla and it got worse in Fort Stockton and was absolutely awful in Austin. After being stuck in Austin for a couple days without power or water, we sprinted east and didn’t stop until we were in Louisiana, since the entire Texas power grid was struggling.

the Airstream covered in road snow

J called a campground from the road to confirm they had power and we made arrangements to spend the night in Westlake, near Lake Charles. But somehow he had called a hotel, not an RV campground, and our campsite was a spot in the back of the hotel parking lot with a long 30 amp power cord. We thought it was hilarious; the hotel proprietor was incredibly welcoming and helpful, and we were thrilled to be safe and warm. If you need lodging in Westlake, give the Mulberry Hotel some love. The lobby was clean and tastefully decorated, and everyone was just so nice there.

the Airstream parked at Mulberry Hotel

We didn’t explore Westlake much, but did notice there’s still a lot of hurricane damage from Laura and Delta which hit last September and October. J got tacos from the El Tapatio Dos truck at the Texaco (they’re operating out of a truck until they can repair the restaurant next door) on impulse while we got gas. Our friend at Mulberry Hotel said the best food in town is at Jeanne’s Bourbon St BBQ, and it was packed when we drove by.

Bugsy looking at the Airstream at Mulberry Hotel

We left first thing in the morning for warmer weather, and my next post will be a normal post from a normal visit where we did normal things and behaved like normal people!


2 responses to “One night in Westlake, LA–Winter Warmth trip”

  1. […] Westlake, LA (where we landed after fleeing Texas) […]

  2. […] On Day 3 it snowed! Come on! Still, we made preparations to get the heck out. J went out early in search of an open gas station and finally found one down South Lamar, and we got intel on the clearest route out of town from a neighbor also prepping to leave. J got the guy’s phone number and called him an hour later to find out about the road conditions, and we decided to go for it! At noon we rolled out of the campground and very carefully drove out of Austin. The roads were ok outside of town and got better as we went east, and we didn’t stop until we were out of Texas! […]

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