They Call Him Tarzan
For the next couple of months I will ask you to bear with me while I catch up on posts from our last year of travel. I will be jumping around a lot and it might get confusing at times, but hey it is what it is. I got a ton of adventures to write about and I’m a procrastinator.
So for this post let’s take you back about a year.
We spent 3 months in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana during the height of the pandemic self quarantining. Before you ask, the rangers knew we were there and we were given permission. We moved camps 4 times and spent the longest at the remote Custis Camp where we were the only campers for 5 weeks.
There is a dirt road beside camp that locals use that leads to a little scenic overlook.
There is a picnic table and a large fire ring here and plenty of room to set up some tents to camp out for the night. There was an enormous fire ant colony by the picnic table though so be careful. The views are pretty nice, but the main feature of this spot is the giant rope swing.
Now we talked to a couple locals and they said this swing has been there for quite a while.
One group said they swung on it as a kid and now had their own kids there. You can swing out pretty far on it and it goes over the edge of the mountain. It was tied pretty high up on the tree too. Whenever I see rope swings in places like this I always wonder who the crazy boy was who climbed up that tree and put it there.
Now I never took a swing on the rope, because I had this incredible fear that the minute I was dangling over the edge it would snap and I would go tumbling down the mountain. Jamey on the other hand had no qualms about the effectiveness of the rope and had quite a lot of fun swinging on it. After a couple of swings he was feeling like a kid again.
Here’s some GPS coordinates to Custis Camp: 31.541697, -93.027016.
Here’s a link to a pic of what the tree looks like on the dirt road beside camp you need to turn at to take your swing on the rope. You can’t take your vehicles up this little side road, but there are places to park on the main road. It’s a very short walk from the road to the overlook.
This fun spot is only like 1/2 mile up the dirt road from Custis Camp as well. We walked it multiple times with the dog and Jamey swung multiple times on the rope. After 5 weeks in one spot we were going a little stir crazy and tried to entertain ourselves as often as possible.
It was totally awesome finding this little spot though and getting some history on it from the locals. Moments like this are part of the whole reason we are on this adventure. It really is the little things that make the greatest memories.