We left Fort Rucker and did alot of back tracking. We forgot it was a holiday, President’s Day, and tried to go out the back gate. Guess what its not opened on weekends or holidays. Yikes this base is huge when you need to backtrack. We got out another gate finallly and GPS took us along way around – bet we did an extra 2 hours worth of driving. Plus out in the country the roads just stop and you have no idea where you should go. It was an interesting trip I must say. We did have quite a few laughs so that was a saving grace.
We arrived at Wolf River Resort located in Pass Christian, Ms. This is a coast to coast park so we only had to pay $32 for the 50 amp service for a week. We had a nice site along the bayou and the laundry right next to us. This campground has full hookups, laundry, boat launch, nature walk, bathrooms, propane, horseshoes, volleyball, playground, pool, beach, river, and clubhouse.
One day we took a ride to the Naval Construction Battalion Base in Gulfport. We enjoyed looking around the exchange and shopping in the commissary. We also checked out the campground on base. Pretty nice but very full with all the snowbirds. This year the snowbirds did not find any warm weather in Ms as it is freezing. I have been wearing cords and sweatshirts. The campground has 68 sites with full hookups, showers, dump, pull thrus laundry and wi-fi.
We decided to tour Beauvoir which was the home of Jefferson Davis whom was the president of the Confederacy. The home was built as a summer home from 1848 until 1852. It was built on piers which saved it from the many hurricanes that have hit the Ms coast over the years. Hurricane Katrina did considerable damage to the property and water was inside the main home. They are suppose to be opening a Presidential Library and Museum on the property shortly. Of course being a Yankee this makes me laugh as to me he never was a president. Did you know that he spent 2 years in Fort Monroe, Va in prison on charges of treason. He was never tried for this though. President Jimmy Carter restored his citizenship retroactive to 1868, 100 years later.
On the grounds are statues, gardens, oyster bayu bridge, tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier and a cemetery. It was an interesting day.
The sand along the beaches here is just beautiful – white and so soft. We found out that the beaches were not always there that the Corps of Engineers made them to protect the homes from the ocean.
Hurricane Katrina did over $90 Billion in damages to just Mississippi. Over 52000 homes were destroyed or severly damaged and the evidence is still visable today. Most of the property along the shore is empty with for sale signs everywhere.
We really enjoyed our week in this area but it was time to move on. We left the campground around 10 and headed southwest into Louisiana. Our next stop was Grand Isle State Park located in Grand Isle, La.
Grand Isle is a barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico. It is about 8 miles long and a mile and half wide and about 50 miles south of New Orleans. The island was founded in 1781 and about 1500 people live here year round. During the summer the population gets quite large. The is one gas station, a few restaurants and one grocery store which sells alittle bit of everything. Glad we came with plenty of supplies. There is a small Coast Guard Base at the tip of the island – pretty isolated area for some wives lol.
Our resting place while here was the state park which is quite nice. We had a pull thru site with water and electric, dump station, fire ring, table and grill. They also have really nice restrooms and laundry. The park has a 5 story wooden lookout tower which lets you see the oil rigs out in the gulf of Mexico. We enjoyed riding our bikes, walking on the beach, taking a nature trail walk and relaxing outside some days when the temp was warm.
The beach to me looks like dirt more than sand and I wonder if its from the oil spill a few years back. This island was hurt really bad from that with oil clumps scattered all over the beach. Today you still can see the black on part of the beach. This was a nice week and we spent no money at all except the $140 for camping. First time we did that for a week. Lol
Stay tuned for March.