Ocean Springs, MS

Known for its many artists, galleries, good food, casinos and oh those warm ocean breezes! Makes you want to go huh? Well it was cool the few days we were there but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. We saw an alligator – female I”m told, though I’m not sure how this person knew – heard LOTS of frogs warning of impending danger from said alligator. We also saw an osprey and lizard.

We made new friends from Switzerland – Dan and Nora – who are traveling the USA with final destination in Alaska before heading home. If you see them be sure to say hello, really nice people! We visited with some friends we made on our Pacific caravan last year, Lou and Diane, who were gracious hosts on Easter Sunday with breakfast followed by a tour of the whole 26 mile Gulf Coast region from Ocean Springs through Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis to name a few. We saw the ravages (still) of Hurricane Katrina and new homes, some built to replicate the original home with the addition of stilts to prevent water damage from hurricanes and storm surge. We saw majestic tall palms that were untouched and many beautiful flowers. Many things were closed due to the Easter holiday, but we did get to drive by Jefferson Davis’ (president of the Confederacy) home. And of course the miles and miles of sand that is the Gulf Coast. Tide was in, so all the shorebirds were huddled up against the wind while they waited for the tide to recede so they could have lunch!

We visited The Palace Casino, which is non-smoking and made a small contribution to their business, Ha Ha and had a nice dinner as well.

We were camped in a national park, which is unusual given the size of our camper, that was very nice.

Monday, we headed out for Homosassa Florida – my next post. Please enjoy our photos. Comments are always appreciated.

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