Heading West for Plates

Current Location: Cajun RV Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

We had a fun few days visiting with our son, David, in the Panama City area. We enjoyed having Thanksgiving lunch on base with he and many of his fellow Air Force members. We also enjoyed going out to eat meals with David and just generally getting to visit with him.

This morning before we packed up to leave we drove into Panama City to meet him for breakfast. After breakfast, we headed back and hooked up the trailer to head west to Texas. We were originally going to travel there in two long-ish days, but decided to break it up into three days, instead.

We stopped for an overnight here in Biloxi. Looking ahead at the weather, we may end up hunkering down here for another night before heading on west. The plan as of now is to probably stay here two nights, then stop in Lake Charles, Louisiana  and visit our friends, the Grimes, on Wednesday evening, then head on up to Livingston, Texas on Thursday. We should be able to get most everything done Thursday afternoon and can hang out on Friday if needed.

 

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Back In Alabama

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

Previous Location: Mazalea RV Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

Sorry we haven’t kept up the blog the last few days, but they’ve been busy days. Let’s break them down by day:

Thursday the 29th: On Thursday we drove down to New Iberia and visited the Konriko Rice Mill store and picked up a few items. They offered a tour of the plant, but we weren’t there at the right time for that. Plus, it was lunch time and we were getting hungry. We ate something on the way back to the trailer and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening visiting with folks that were showing up for the rally.

Friday the 30th: On Friday morning, the club had a pitch-in breakfast outside leaders’ trailer. Later in the day, a group of us got together and visited the Tabasco plant on Avery Island. We picked up several items at the store. We rode with Andy and Joanna, the chapter leaders. After the Tabasco visit, we stopped for lunch at Pizza Hut and also stopped by WalMart to pick up a few things. On Friday evening, the RV park hosted trick-or-treating for the children. Several of us sat out near the road and handed out candy.

Saturday the 31st: It rained all day Saturday. We drove out to Lowes to get a new kitchen faucet since the one that came with the trailer wasn’t working well. Malcolm had to run back out to get more plumbing supplies to finish the installation. Dinner on Saturday evening was sponsored by the club. There were door prizes given out and everyone had a great time. We headed back to the trailer to start packing up in case the weather was favorable to leave on Sunday.

Sunday the 1st: The weather looked favorable for heading on out towards Alabama. We planned on going as far as Biloxi again, which makes a nice halfway point. We stayed in the Mazalea RV Park along with friends John and Rana Krussow and Rana’s mother, Melba. They were out for a few days’ vacation before heading back to the Montgomery, Alabama area where they’ve been staying. Lou and Bette Dick were also in Biloxi, so the seven of us got together at one of the local casinos and had a buffet dinner and visited for a couple hours.

Today: This morning we got going early and headed on up to Wetumpka, arriving here about noon. We got the trailer set up, loaded the truck with a bunch of laundry and headed down to Montgomery. We had lunch at San Marcos, one of our favorites in town, then did laundry and stopped by Costco and Target before heading back to the trailer. We put away groceries and laundry, had dinner and Malcolm took on a project of looking into why the bedroom slide was not extending completely. He fixed that and we put everything back together.

Tomorrow we have dentist appointments and Callie has a vet appointment. The rest of the week we will be volunteering for Frontier Days – a re-enactment event they hold every year about this time. Should be a busy and tiring rest of the week.

On the Way to the Bayous

Current Location: Cajun RV Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

After a couple days in Wetumpka, we managed to get the trailer organized, most all of our “new trailer mods” complete and things taken to our storage unit. We also paid up the storage unit through next summer.

This morning we hooked up, dumped tanks and hit the road around 8:15 AM. We’re heading to New Iberia, Louisiana for a Heartland Owners Club chapter rally. We decided to take two days to get there and Biloxi, Mississippi is about halfway between. We’ve stayed at this campground a few times before, including when David was stationed at nearby Keesler AFB for training.

Malcolm and his new friend, the dolphin

Malcolm and his new friend, the dolphin

After getting set up, Malcolm took care of a couple remaining little touches to the trailer. Also, we went to the local beach shop to get a pool noodle. Malcolm conked his head on the bedroom slide while hooking up the water. The corners are covered to keep from poking holes in our heads on the slide.

We went out to dinner at a new Tex-Mex restaurant nearby then stopped by to top off the tank on the truck before heading back to the trailer to relax.

Today’s license plates – 19 of 51 found.

License plates

License plates

Another Day Another Few Miles

Current Location: Cajun RV Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

We had figured that the halfway point from Lake Charles, Louisiana and Wetumpka, Alabama was approximately the Gulfport/Biloxi area. With that in mind, and a short-ish drive ahead of us, we were looking forward to an early afternoon arrival. Construction backups on I-10 east of Hammond took care of that for us, adding more than an hour and a half to our drive. We got here around 4:00 PM.

Our site, complete with palm tree

Our site, complete with palm tree

Once set up, we wandered next door to Slap Ya Momma’s BBQ. It was pretty good food in an interesting atmosphere. Blues music was playing and the interior decor was an eclectic mix of old doors. Prices were reasonable and the service was top notch. For a bit of a hole in the wall, it was pretty good eatin’.

BBQ place

BBQ place

Tomorrow, we’ll head on into Wetumpka to raid some of our dwindling belongings from our storage unit. Then, it’s on to Kentucky.

In Biloxi

Current Location: Cajun RV Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

Yesterday, we went to Christ Church PCA in Katy, Texas for Easter services. Afterwards, we ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant nearby (really good food and plenty of it), then headed back to the trailer. It was a lazy day the rest of the day. Malcolm spent most of it scanning more pictures, plowing through about 900 of them. We also did our pre-trip packing inside the trailer.

This morning, we left just before 9:00 AM (to get past the rush hour traffic in Houston) and headed east. We encountered a backup in Lake Charles, Louisiana that slowed us down a bit, but we made it to Biloxi, Mississippi (about 450 miles) around 6:30 PM. We had stopped about 4:00 and called ahead to the campground here and made reservations.

The after-hours security person met us at the office and led us to our site, which is the first site you encounter when you come into the park. We have great views of the Gulf of Mexico.

View out the rear kitchen window

View out the rear kitchen window

View out the side living room window

View out the side living room window

Val is talking to David right now to see if he can find out if we can visit him on base. We’re just 3 miles from Keesler where we are camped now. David cannot leave base, so we’ll see if we can come in and visit with him for a bit tomorrow, as well as drop off a few things for him. Malcolm is set up to scan more pictures this evening.