Katrina Damage Still Evident

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Buccaneer State Campground

Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Monday, March 7, 2011

We left New Orleans this morning and headed for Mississippi.  I had been warned by a fellow on one of the RV sites to avoid I-10 due to the rough road conditions.  We took US 90 instead.  It was in fairly good shape.  It’s a two-lane highway with a speed limit from forty-five to fifty miles per hour.  I did have the rare pleasure(?) of following a construction dump truck for about thirty miles.  This wasn’t all bad, however, since it gave me an opportunity to enjoy the changes in scenery and nature of the area as we crept into Mississippi.  There’s lots of construction down here; some of it is still related to hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that over five years have passed since that incident.  


We had only about fifty miles to drive to reach St. Louis, Mississippi.  The next campground is located a few miles south toward the gulf from this small town.  Enroute, we had to drive through a long area of trapped water from the same storm that flooded New Orleans.  The workers had a pump running, but it was a slow process.  The roadway was restricted to only one lane.  At least we got Shorty’s wheels washed… if the water hadn’t been so dirty!


The park, Buccaneer State Park was virtually wiped out by Katrina.  It has a wonderful water park, but as of now, no water.  They are waiting for funds from FEMA to complete the restoration.  The campsites are very nice, although a bit close together.  Unusual for a state park, the have sewage hook-ups.  All of this, plus outstanding scenery, for only $24 a night.


Lynnie and I walked through the park, admiring the new bath/shower buildings and the very expanse of it.  Unfortunately, there are no trails now.  The only one that existed went away with Katrina.  It has been “cleared” according to the woman at the park office, but hasn’t been re-done.  We elected to go out to the incoming road, adjacent to the Gulf.  This is current under construction, as I said, but offered great views of the water.  Not too many tall, montain-type landmarks down here!  We could see the water tower in St. Louis, but nothing near enough or tall enough to use for judging where one had wandered.  Of course, the smartphone did the job, or would do so if needed.  There’s no internet here, so I’m writing this in a word program and will put it on the blog when I get “connected” again.  There’s no consistent 3G either, so the phone isn’t of any internet help.  The cell service is fine, however.  


It’s cool here.  I got only up to near sixty degrees today with a light wind.  Lynnie took her fold-up rocker out to sit in the sun, but soon abandoned the idea when old “Sol” went behind a cloud.  Now we’re both in the coach and enjoying the nice climate.  


Tomorrow we plan on going in to St. Louis to see what we can find.  I did take a few pictures of the area here and will upload them when I do the blog.  A quiet day, especially after doing the Mardi Gras thing in N’Orleans.  That works for us.  We’ll see you tomorrow with more highlights of our adventure.

It's tomorrow now, so here goes...

We left New Orleans this morning and headed for Mississippi.  I had been warned by a fellow on one of the RV sites to avoid I-10 due to the rough road conditions.  We took US 90 instead.  It was in fairly good shape.  It’s a two-lane highway with a speed limit from forty-five to fifty miles per hour.  I did have the rare pleasure(?) of following a construction dump truck for about thirty miles.  This wasn’t all bad, however, since it gave me an opportunity to enjoy the changes in scenery and nature of the area as we crept into Mississippi.  There’s lots of construction down here; some of it is still related to hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that over five years have passed since that incident.  


We had only about fifty miles to drive to reach St. Louis, Mississippi.  The next campground is located a few miles south toward the gulf from this small town.  Enroute, we had to drive through a long area of trapped water from the same storm that flooded New Orleans.  The workers had a pump running, but it was a slow process.  The roadway was restricted to only one lane.  At least we got Shorty’s wheels washed… if the water hadn’t been so dirty!


The park, Buccaneer State Park was virtually wiped out by Katrina.  It has a wonderful water park, but as of now, no water.  They are waiting for funds from FEMA to complete the restoration.  The campsites are very nice, although a bit close together.  Unusual for a state park, the have sewage hook-ups.  All of this, plus outstanding scenery, for only $24 a night.


Lynnie and I walked through the park, admiring the new bath/shower buildings and the very expanse of it.  Unfortunately, there are no trails now.  The only one that existed went away with Katrina.  It has been “cleared” according to the woman at the park office, but hasn’t been re-done.  We elected to go out to the incoming road, adjacent to the Gulf.  This is current under construction, as I said, but offered great views of the water.  Not too many tall, montain-type landmarks down here!  We could see the water tower in St. Louis, but nothing near enough or tall enough to use for judging where one had wandered.  Of course, the smartphone did the job, or would do so if needed.  There’s no internet here, so I’m writing this in a word program and will put it on the blog when I get “connected” again.  There’s no consistent 3G either, so the phone isn’t of any internet help.  The cell service is fine, however.  


It’s cool here.  I got only up to near sixty degrees today with a light wind.  Lynnie took her fold-up rocker out to sit in the sun, but soon abandoned the idea when old “Sol” went behind a cloud.  Now we’re both in the coach and enjoying the nice climate.  


Tomorrow we plan on going in to St. Louis to see what we can find.  I did take a few pictures of the area here and will upload them when I do the blog.  A quiet day, especially after doing the Mardi Gras thing in N’Orleans.  That works for us.  We’ll see you tomorrow with more highlights of our adventure.
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