Hello again, dear Reader. 🙂
I was just browsing through my pictures here and I came upon one that made me want to share a couple of little “insider tips” with you. Some of you will already know these things, so bear with me for those who may not. 🙂
If you’re planning to come stay with us, I highly recommend making advance reservations if at all possible. This is more imporant in the summer time of course, but better safe than sorry any time of the year. For instance, we once had a couple drive in from Houston during the dead of winter and our slowest time of year, wanting a cabin. As chance would have it, that weekend we had a huge family reunion on the park and they had reserved every single cabin. The couple from Houston left disappointed. I truly and honestly hate it when I see that happen. So, long story short, make reservations. You can do this by calling 1-877-226-7652 or by going online to www.reserveamerica.com . There’s also a link from the park’s website ( http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/istb.aspx ) to Reserve America.
Second tip: when you make your reservation, pay your balance in full if at all possible. This is one you may need to be on top of, because the default arrangement is that you pay for one night when you make the reservation and then pay the balance upon arriving here. Here’s the thing: because of the way the world is set up – that is, people getting off work at roughly the same time, kids getting out of school at roughly the same time, etc. – because of that, people arrive at the Fee Station to check in to their sites in groups. Even on busy summer Fridays, all will be quiet for 15-20 minutes at a time, and then a large group will besiege the park. That looks like this:
When a person’s balance is paid before they arrive, the process of checking them in and getting them on the way to their campsite/cabin is approximately 2 minutes long. When they have to make payments, we’re looking at a minimum of 10 minutes…and a maximum of…well, more time than you want to spend in our Fee Station, even if we are really nice people to hang around with. 😉
So, if everyone who is able goes ahead and pays in full before they arrive here, this gridlock is drastically reduced, making a more pleasant experience for all involved.
Just imagine the satisfaction when you come into the office and someone is in there trying to figure out why their credit card won’t work (and the answer is because computers can be random misery generators) – and you breeze in, tell the clerk that you’re here to check in and your balance is already paid, and they hand you your receipt and tags and you’re on your way to your site to start unwinding from the road trip and enjoying your stay. I’ve personally been that camper and I can tell you it’s awesome. 🙂
Just some tips from behind the lines. 😉
Hope to see you out there!