Lake Charles, Louisiana here I come...

Mike Shubic
July 30, 2014
I have visited 46 US states... and when I say, "visited," I donít mean just flying into the airport or even driving through. I am very excited that I will be knocking another state off the list... Louisiana, number #47, next week. My first stop will be Lake Charles, which is located in the southwestern part of the state. From everything I've read and heard, Louisiana is a pretty unique place and I canít wait to get my Cajun on in this diverse part of the country.

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