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.
I love the gulf coast.....spent many summer vacations enjoying that wonderful sand! Beautiful pictures Jodee!ReplyDelete
The beach is so, so pretty - we've never seen sand that white. And the water is really clear, which I didn't expect. I see why you love it!Delete
I have to agree with you. We love the beach towns no matter the weather.ReplyDelete
We might have spent more time on the beach if it were warmer, but the lack of crowds and interesting clouds made it near perfect for us.Delete
This does look like am awesome stop! That science center is amazing! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It was so much fun - lots of things to play with :-))))Delete
Definitely putting that casino on the list, Jodee. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I don't think you can beat the spot along the gulf!!Delete
We stopped at the same place and ate at that restaurant two years ago. Looks like you had much better weather than we did. The wind was pretty brutal. Thanks for reminding us of those memories.ReplyDelete
Can't imagine being in high winds in that location - I think it would freak me out!!Delete
The diversity and unique beauty of every place in this amazing country was a real shock to me too. Who knew about Nebraska and Nevada for instance. Thanks for the Silver Slipper tip.ReplyDelete
I remember all the cool stuff you saw in Nebraska, made me put it on the list :-)Delete
What a great stop! I'm putting it on our list for our next journey through the South. The campground looks terrific and the science center is something we would really enjoy exploring. And those oysters and shrimp....yum!!ReplyDelete
So weird that I missed your comment, and I'm sure you don't require a reply.....but you guys really need to make a stop here on your way through. It is pretty perfect.Delete
Don't think I'd like to live on stilts. But sure could handle short sleeves and beach walking.ReplyDelete
The stilts would be no bueno for me either - but that beach is sweet!Delete
What a great stop! The Biloxi Beach Babe is the cutest I ever seen:) I love the eagle carved into the tree. Clever adding the space shuttle wing! I would really enjoy this museum. I have fascination with space. Royal Reds are SO good!! We've been eating them here. It is the shrimp our fish market has. We are looking forward to your New Orleans post!!ReplyDelete
If you do make that a stop, the bike path follows the water from the park almost to the Blind Tiger (I think it's like two blocks short). You'd probably love the Stennis part of the tour that we missed :-)Delete
Glad you got to enjoy some Reds! We ate our last frozen batch the other day. The NASA exhibit looks real nice. Lots of "love" on the beach!ReplyDelete
And I'm glad you told me about them!!! What a treat :-)Delete
The science museum looks interesting. I got to pilot a flight simulator at one of Alex's AF bases when he was in Florida. I crashed numerous times too. I'm not a fan of most seafood, but I do enjoy a good shrimp now and then. I may have to try one of those tasty looking Royal Reds myself one day. Our puppy enjoys a nice run on the beach too :-)ReplyDelete
Rufus and Tessa would have such a ball on those wide open clean beaches!! Couldn't believe how hard that simulator was - easy to see why people don't learn in the cockpit :-))Delete
We will be going back to that area in March and I'll finally get to taste the Royal Reds, didn't know about them last time. Looks like we did lots of the same things while there.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to seeing what it's like there in March-we want to come back but not in the summer :-)Delete
I love all these pictures you posted! So neat seeing the gulf coast, the food, and the NASA museum. This looks like a really fun trip. I love beach towns and I am going to have to add this one to my list to check out after reading your post! Happy travels!ReplyDelete
Thanks Crystal! We've been to many beautiful places and this is one of our very favorites. There are so many great little (and big) beach towns in the area - you'll love it!Delete