Btw, was reading some of this thread. Fun stuff!
I don't know if any of you know but Louisiana has a hiking club. It's the Louisiana Hiking Club! We do day hikes every 2nd Saturday of the month.
A lot of us also do camping (typically car camping at or near the trailhead of a 2nd saturday hike--more on this later in the post) and there's usually at least one big trip every year (week in Smoky Mtns, Big Bend, etc). Some do backpacking, but most only do the day hikes (from a base camp of sorts).
It's only 10.00 to join per family (in same household) per year.
There's also Campfest, held the 1st weekend in March every year at Chicot State Park. Vendors come in and display new hiking and camping gear, paddling gear, etc. Also there are classes and events over the weekend and we finish with a Sunday pancake breakfast.
It's a fun group of people. We hold meetings the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Bluebonnet Library. (Although due to renovations, it'll be held at Bluebonnet Swamp on Jan 10th).
The 2nd Saturday hike this month is to Clark's Creek. We meet at the Campus Federal Credit Union parking lot and carpool. Leaves at 8:00 am SHARP.
You don't have to be a member the first (or 2nd) hikes you go on (you can be a guest) but after that they ask you to join. And $10.00 is CHEAP (for an ENTIRE FAMILY EVEN!)
Come see what it's about!