We have returned from our 8 day trip to a Winnebago Rally in Rayne, LA with a stopover in Gulfport area of Mississippi much of which was without internet access. We wanted to stop in Gulfport to check out the relatively new campground on the Navy's Seabee's construction facility. We found it to be a very well thought out facility with all the amenities. From this base, we explored the local area and were surprised by two diverse facts. First was the amazing amount of shopping opportunities of all kinds for those who care about such things and second, how much evident of damage was left from hurricane Katrina.
In Bay St Louis, rebuilding is still ongoing. They found a special way to salvage some of the trees that were killed by the hurricane as art. While in Biloxi the casinos are booming, there are still many buildings damaged and an incredible amount of the waterfront lots still vacant. We saw some very sad sights as we drove around the bay side of Biloxi. Most memorable was an elderly gentlemen resting on a plastic chair on what was obviously his former home site talking a break from cutting the grass in a way that marked the boundaries of his property, as much as to say-this is still mine. I did not have the heart to try and get his picture.
We heard about the Palace Casino that claimed to be the only non-smoking casino in the area. So we decided we would stop by if we could find some parking for the RV. We found an empty parking lot just across the street from the main entrance , and managed to spend about an hour to lose three dollars on video poker. Now we are good for a few years on our casino fix.
We continue to be happy with our decision to trade out 39 foot diesel for the Winnebago View. We have been able to do all the things on our wish list without towing a toad and so far have not been forced to give up a planned event because of only having the motorhome as transportation.
Next stop-Rayne, LA.