Today is Mother’s Day and we’re in Ocean Springs, MS. We had a great day today.
The weather here right now is great with highs in the high 70’s to low 80’s and sunny. Since it’s Mother’s Day, Jodi had her choice of what we did. First, we went for breakfast at a small diner in downtown Ocean Springs at a place called Buzzy’s Breakfast Joint. If you’re ever in the area it’s worth checking out.
Then we took a hike with the dogs at what we thought was a trail. After a short distance, we learned that it was a 1/2 mile path to a campground. That turned out to be a really nice surprise though. There were several nice people out and about that were happy to see the dogs and talk.
We came back to our guest house rental and decided a nap was in order for all. Naps are awesome. Nothing more to say.
Finally, we headed out for Jodi’s mother’s day choice: sushi. Jodi is much more of a sushi fan than I am, but I was really glad we went. Good place called Ichiban if you’re ever in the area.
Brodie and Jodi
So, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated our travel map. I had to switch to dots because the stars were too big.
The red dots show where we’ve been and the green show future confirmed locations through August 2016.
Fripp Island, SC
Perdito Key, FL
The Villages, FL
Gulf Shores, AL
The Villages, FL
Hot Springs Village, AR
Harker Heights, TX
Port Charlotte, FL
Port Saint Joe, FL
Ocean Springs, MS
The Villages, FL
Whew! That list is getting long!
No! We’re not there, yet. But, we’re getting closer.
We drove about 8 hours yesterday and made it to Birmingham, AL. Our cabin was cute and acceptable not nice and comfy. We did get some sleep and the dogs did well.
We were the only ones in the park and it was nice and clean. But, there are no bathrooms in the cabins which requires a walk to the bath house. This is nothing new to us since we have camped many times. However, it’s been raining and there was MUCH mud. Blech! I HATE mud!!
Anyways, we are fine and we just made it to the Mississippi State Line. Only about 4 more hours to go and we’ll be in Hot Springs Village, AR.
Well, we’ve made it to our last full day in Gulfport for a while. I’m sure we’ll be back.
So, today we will be closing up any loose ends and packing. We need to leave here pretty early in the morning because we’ve got a long drive to our next house.
We like to have the houses a little closer to each other, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. Oh well, if that’s the least of our problems we’re doing pretty good.
We got in a last minute Fedex delivery this morning that had a new travel setup for the dogs. There is a net that goes across the back of the front seats to keep them in the back. Daisy somehow believes that she should not be relegated to the back seat. We also got an inflatable space filler that goes in the back floor board and creates an almost level area. Last, but not least is a seat cover in the rear.
Hopefully all of these additions will make a more peaceful drive to our next stay. Not that the dogs have been bad. They’ve actually become accustomed to the travel pretty quickly. But these things will definitely make the trips a little less annoying.
Here’s a Youtube video with the brand names and setup:
Other than a few of the hole in the wall places we’ve found, my favorite area in Gulfport is around the Hard Rock Casino. The casino itself doesn’t interest me.
But, the area surrounding it is very nice. Probably because it’s renovated and geared toward vacationers. This area is updated and well maintained. There are several restaurants of various price levels. There is also a mall along with other stores and a Walmart. After all, no place is complete without a Walmart, :).
There’s also a lot of beach space if that’s your thing. From what we can tell, you can rent a vacation home in the area for a good price if you don’t mind not being right in the heart of the vacation to do areas.
There are several areas that have not made a full recovery after hurricane Katrina. But, it appears to be slowly coming back.
We’re still here in Gulfport right now. Jodi and I went out to find dinner last night. On our way back home we stopped at a red light. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a Chevy Caprice coming up too fast. Before I could speak they rear ended us.
As quick as the driver hit us, she backed up and drove up onto the sidewalk to go around us, turn right and sped away. Luckily we were able to get their license plate number before they could get away. It was fortunate that it took them some time to drive up on the sidewalk and make their turn. That gave us the time to get a good description for the police.
Another plus was that I had not taken the ball out of the hitch. So, the Caprice got a grill full of hitch. Our car just had some minor scratches and some broken trim around the trailer light socket.
We called the police, who arrived rather quickly and got the information to them. We haven’t heard if they found the car and driver or not. Jodi and I were both in some pain so we went to the ER just in case. Minor whiplash was the diagnosis for both of us.
English: Receiver for a hitch. Factory installed on a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel SUV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I think from now on, I’ll just leave the hitch in place. It probably saved us from some expensive damage.