A Slow Start Today...

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


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Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Friday, March 11, 2011

It started out cold again this morning, so we didn't get exploring off-site until later in the day.  We found that there are numerous birds right on the grounds around us.  I got a few shots and also did a bit of exploring of the area of James' property.  The back field has a nice barn and other outbuildings, which are shown in the video.  You can see the workings of the crawfish in the field.  The make a round hole in the soil and deposit a relatively large mound of soil nearby.  Interesting for an ol' mountaineer like myself.  James has a lot of interesting artifacts lying/laying about.  I noticed an old scythe hanging there and wondered if it came from his grandpa's ranch.  I won't go into the other items I noticed.  Just let it be said that the tour was very interesting.  

We had lunch at home and then headed for the Mississippi Maritime and Seafood Museum.  The Hussy did a great job of getting us there, however, much to our surprise, all that remains is two FEMA type trailers.  The museum itself was destroyed by Katrina.  A bit of a disappointment, but not surprising when one considers how much damage was done back then.

We asked about the Biloxi Lighthouse and were directed about two miles east to it's location.  It's right between the lanes of US Hwy 90.  We didn't even notice it when we arrived a few days ago.  It was built in 1849 and has an interesting history.  Unfortunately, the tours are given only early in the day, so we missed our on that.  Lynnie has a strong interest in lighthouses.  Unfortunately there's a lot of construction on US90, so the pictures reflect that and arent' the greatest.There are a number of lighthouses all along the coastline from here to Maine and also in Canada.  I'm sure we'll eventually find some that we can enter.  

I decided to get gas in the Sooby, so used my Gas Buddy App on the found and found it for $3.40 a gallon.  When we arrived at the Shell station, it had gone up to $3.49 a gallon.  I'll fill up when we get to Alabama tomorrow or so where it's supposed to be a dime cheaper.  Shorty will need fuel too, so it can amount to a few dollars different, especially with so many gallons needed.

We decided we'd visit another casino since we were in Biloxi.  We picked the Hard Rock Casino.  A cool place with memorabilia from many rock stars, current and past.  The machines, however, were'n kind to us, so it didn't take long to dispense with our Social Security dividends.  At least the state of Mississippi made a bit extra today.  James told us that the tax rate on gambling is 12%.  That amounts to a considerable amount for the state government.

Tonight we're going for pizza at the Mellow Mushroom.  It sounds like a druggy thing to me, but James assured me last night that the pizza is good albeit pricey.  We will see.  

It got up only to 62˚ today, but the forecast is for the seventies at Meaher State Park in Alabama.

By the way, I added a picture of Fred and his dog, Rudy.  Rudy could pass for a smaller twin to Joe and Mel's dog Rogue.  We visited a bit with Fred and learned that he was a defensive end for the Baltimore Colts in the seventies.  He offered this only because we aren't from around the area.  He's a kind guy and no braggart, to be sure.  I did a search and found quite a bit about his NFL career.  Interesting places we go, for sure...
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