January 17, 2014 – Breaux Bridge, LA to Bay St. Louis, MS

While it sounds repetitive, we woke to a clear sky and temperatures in the mid-30os.  However, over the next couple of days the highs are going to be lucky to get out of the 50os … although a consolation is that it’s warmer than back home.

After crossing the Mississippi River,Mississippi at Baton Rouge

we began to retrace our westward trek across the lowlands of Louisiana beginning with a dead-straight, 18-mile long roadway

ROADWAYacross swamps,

Henderson Swamp Off I-10 (b), Eastern LA - 2014-01-17rivers

Henderson Swamp Off I-10 (a), Eastern LA - 2014-01-17 Working Tug in Henderson Swamp Off I-10 (b), Eastern LA - 2014-01-17

and Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge. 

After entering Mississippi, we pulled into the state’s Welcome Center.  As we parked, we spotted one of the most unusual RV’s we’d seen in quite some time … a pink-trimmed “teardrop” trailer

Pink Ford and Teardrop RV Trailer (b), I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, MS - 2014-01-17being towed by an all pink Ford.

Pink Ford and Teardrop RV Trailer (a), I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, MS - 2014-01-17As it is located in close proximity to the Stennis Space Center, the mock-up pf the Lunar Lander beside the parking lot did not seem out-of-place. 

LEM Replica, I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, MS - 2014-01-17The inside of the center was decked out for the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration

 Mardi Gras Decorations (a), I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, MS - 2014-01-17 Mardi Gras Decorations (b), I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, MS - 2014-01-17

As well as a hand-carved, oak eagle

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hewn from a branch off of the Katrina Sculpture located at Keesler Air Force Base.

After arriving and settling in at the Hollywood Casino RV Park

Hollywood Casino (daytime), Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17in the Mississippi Gulf Coast community of

Street Light Pole, Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17we took a drive to the “historic district” and then drove to the shore with its several reconstructed piers.

 Pier (c), Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17 Pier (b), Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17 Fishing Pier (a), Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17

We next headed west along the Gulf shore, an area that was devastated when Hurricane Katrina came ashore  

BSL1 cherylshouse Many of the homes and other structures have been rebuilt,

Rebuilt House (a) Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina, Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17 Rebuilt House (b) Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina, Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17 Rebuilt House (c) Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina, Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17 Rebuilt House (d) Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina, Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17Rebuilt Saint Glare Catholic Church Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina, Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17 (1) others appear unchanged since the storm with little more than skeletal remains visible,

Remains of a House Which Fell Victim to Hurricane Katrina (a), Bay St. Louis & Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17while a great  many vacant lots

LOT FOR SALEand even rebuilt homes are for sale.

Sitting along the shore we were treated to another spectacular sunset.

Sunset from Beach, Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17and post-sunset after-glow

Sunset Afterglow from Beach, Waveland, MS - 2014-01-17while Face-timing with our grandson, Jake, who was playing some of his most recent piano accomplishments.

This evening we went to the Hollywood Casino

Hollywood Casino (nighttime), Bay St. Louis, MS - 2014-01-17for a two-for-one dinner special

2014-01-17 - Debbie and Dick, Hollywood Casino (Bogart Steakhouse)

While, neither of us gamble, we took note of how few people at the slots or playing poker really seemed to be having any fun.

Those at the slots all seemed to be in a trance and appeared little more than extensions of the machines which were sucking-up their money

Those at the slots all seemed to be in a trance and appeared little more than extensions of the machines which were sucking-up their money

While those playing poker, while intense, never seemed to crack a smile

While those playing poker, while intense, never seemed to crack a smile

And, throughout the casino, smoking is permitted and the stench was overwhelming and we couldn’t wait to leave!

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