Bay St Louis, Mississippi
This coastal area is a big change from the forest along the Natchez Trace, and we're still in Mississippi! We continue to be amazed by the surprising diversity and unique beauty of every place we visit.
|Gotta love beach towns|
|We stop for fresh shrimp. This is the second floor - note the water line from Katrina. Impossible to imagine when the water is 300 yards behind the building, and very shallow.|
|Biloxi Beach Babe|
|Giant oaks line the north side of the drive.|
|The farther west the taller the stilts.|
|Long Beach has dozens of these gems. Many for sale.|
|All have broad, beautiful views.|
A couple days of rain and light wind give me the opportunity to do some volume cooking in the Instant Pot. I even find a place for it in the cupboard which makes me very happy :-)
On the coldest day of the week we drive to the NASA Infinity Science Center. It's not a large facility but has a surprisingly large number of things to see and do.
|Martin Miller's inspiring statue greets us. Carved from a tree killed in Katrina and completed with metal from Space Shuttle turbine blades that flew in space. Pretty cool.|
The exhibits include the Stennis Space Center, NASA space program, weather monitoring, environmental protection, oceanography and astronomy. Each area has several interactive opportunities and education tables for school groups. You could spend all day just watching films in three different small theaters.
|One of Neil Armstrong's flight suits. Well used.|
|The black dome is an inflatable surround-theater. So much fun stuff to see.|
|Destiny Module space station|
|Private sleeping quarters with laptops for emails from home. I can't get Internet in some parts of Wyoming....but in space, no problem!|
|Programming panel for robotics outside the station. Multi-million dollar program and they Velcro laptops to the wall.....hmmm.|
|Glad the motorhome doesn't use a joy-stick. I crash the landing twice :-(|
|American Needlepoint members hand-stitched these patches to commemorate the NASA human space flight missions. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle flights were created over 4000 cumulative hours.|
|The detail is wonderful and it's fun to find names we recognize.|
|The hurricane exhibit is informative and fun. We "build" our own storms on touch screens using high and low pressure zones - powerful stuff!|
|This drone flies into hurricanes to record information. We've come a long way since "Dorothy" in the movie Twister.|
|One of the theaters shows the films around a sphere in the center. We watch The Wanderers about our solar system.|
|In addition to really detailed views of the planets' surfaces, there is footage of their moons, and information on the length and variety of their seasons.|
|It's a great way to see the planets and asteroids and moons.....I learned a bunch of cool stuff!|
We didn't take the bus tour to the Stennis Space Center, but it is included in the cost of the center. I had no idea there is so much research being done here, including the largest oceanography program in the country.
This is a great place to spend a few hours - I strongly recommend it when you're in the area.
Debbie tells me more than once that we must have Royal Reds while we're in the area. The Blind Tiger on the harbor in Bay St Louis claims to have the best - let's go there!
|Debbie's right, the reviewers are right. These giant shrimp are wONEderful!!|
|Add a dozen char-broiled oysters and a couple amber brews, and you have the perfect gulf coast meal!|
|You know who, doing you know what - you know where.|
|Patterns in the low tide|
|Eyeball exploration. So nice to be in short sleeves!|
|Bird? Alien? Turns out it's a Sheepshead Porgy - a fish.|
This stop is one of our very favorites - and one we almost didn't make. With level concrete pads, lots of well maintained grass, brand new BBQs, clean picnic tables, FHUs with 50 amps, reasonable rates (including one free night when you pick up a players' card at the casino), and incredible views you really can't beat the Silver Slipper Casino RV Park on the Gulf.
Thursday morning we have a short drive to New Orleans.