A post card we bought in May 2005, the last time we were in Gulfport.
Just before the hurricane Katrina in August.
The town near by on the Gulf of Mexico is called Long Beach.
There is also a Long Beach, Calif. so that time we called son Scott to say we were in Long Beach, "hey, I thought you were in Mississippi". We said, yes, Long Beach, Mississippi.
Beautiful mansions lined the Gulf, with fantastic views.
We thought we would be shocked to see many of the houses and the trees gone.
But all is gone except for a few trees.
Some people are brave and a few of the lots have been sold, but many have very large signs,
The land has been cleared except for some of the stairs, and pads from the previous home owners.
Homes that have been built by brave souls are now on very high pillars.
The Casinos have come back along the water front, and a beautiful new boat arena has been built.
We did not have time to explore more.
It saddens me to see all the old historic homes have disappeared. I am glad I made a real album that year when we returned home.. My older computer crashed and I lost all the photos. I scanned the one into my newer computer.. Remember to back up!
Just could not leave the area with out an Alligator snack.
Ralph's cousins have invited him back for the big Alligator hunt in Sept.
I think I will pass on that trip!
We took this photo with his Aunt, ( the other Aunt is the one in Texas he has many more, but these are the two we visited on this trip) who really did not want her photo taken, but since she does not have a computer, I think I will take the risk and post it..
We spent Fathers Day there, and the whole family in the area turned up.. Babies, small kids and all.
Great fun, delicious food, but no photos, everyone moved too fast.
On the road toward Mississippi, yes, water and trees below us!
We were in Denham Springs to visit Ralph's Aunt. We had the opportunity to wander the Historic Antique area for a little while,, I say little while, because it was soooo hot and humid.
There were many antique places, one next to the other, for several blocks all tempting.
I had decided that this trip we would not go from Quilt store to quilt store, as we have in the past. This time I was in search of some bead stores. So I asked if they had one close by. I ususally was pointed at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.. and that was not what I was looking for.
This time the owner of the Theater Antiques directed us to an exhibition of BEAD ART at City Hall.
City Hall was near by and we made it before we totally melted onto the side walk.
Stephan Wanger's art is amazing, each one of those beads are the Mardi Gras beads, salvaged from New Orleans. We took tons of photos,
but I will not show all of them, just a few to wet your appetite. If you ever have the opportunity to see his art in person.. GO, click on his name above and visit his site..
This is one whole wall, I might guess about 10 ft. long.
Sometimes one gets really lucky on a trip. Seeing the unplanned is what makes a trip so memorable in so many ways.
We drove over many swamps, lakes and water areas. Seems like the road to eternity here is raised and two lanes on either direction over the water ways.
All I could think of was the show we happened upon on T.V. that night about Gator Hunting.
As we drove off the highway into Denham Springs, dry land, we saw the Bass Pro Shop. I have never been and next to it is the Islanorda Fish Company Restaurant... and being hungry we ordered one of their specialties.
Alligator, as you see it above. The sauce was delicious, Ralph said, sort of a pesto, with jalapeno.
And yes alligator tastes like chicken,, very good.
Ralph ordered a Fish taco, also very good.
I enjoyed grilled shrimp, and Caesar Salad, one of my favorites.
We stopped at the Hampton Inn, and I thought what a nice little addition, to add different black and white photos with the room numbers in the hall.
How about this, A work tray,, sorry I forgot to turn it clock wise. One of the items we found we looked for first in a room, were electrical outlets. Ralph usually got the desk and I went for writing while sitting on the bed . This worked perfectly.
I have not spoken about the weather. These look like beautiful cool clouds.
We did not do any camping on this trip, even though we had a mattress to pump up in the Honda Odyssey. We had taken the back, up right seats out, just in case. We also had a cooler, and some provisions.
Front porch at a Best Western, just in time for a down pour.
80 - 90 degrees and most of the time humid or wet.
Wet most afternoons.
I just had to show this photo.. We seldom called ahead for a room, and just took our chances, but if we were going to be staying near a larger city I would call ahead. I made good use of my handy I phone and a Best Western Book. This time on the way to Alexander, I just had a feeling to call ahead.. They only had one room left, and it was a suite.. Price was about the same as most places we had stayed.
Thinking a suite was a room and maybe living room, it was fine with us. When we entered the room this is what we found. Surprise!
All of the States we entered had Welcome buildings with flyers and information on that state.
Most of the buildings are amazing architecture and have friendly
people to answer questions about their State.
You can see my reflection taking a photo of this plaque telling about the Longleaf Pine.
As a quilter and photographer the texture and the age of this tree inspired me.
They had a variety of stuffed animals that live in their woodlands.
It would be amazing to see these in real life.
However, it would depend on the circumstances.
We have racoons at home, and they are probably feasting on my fruit trees as I take photos. I have some I would like to stuff when we get home.
Just kidding, but if all my fruit is gone, hummmm.
Now, this guy is about the size of my cat! No way, do I want to meet him! or her!
Most of you know I hate, am chicken, of high bridges, well let me tell you, I would not be driving in Dallas area. I would need someone to driving me or look down at my feet the whole time and that is hard if I were the driver. Well impossible.
I will probably make this statement again, Ralph has patience. Because every time we came to a curve on one of these, I said "please slow down". I was the navigator maps in hand, he the pilot etc.
I have to tell you about staying at another cousin near Dallas. She is a delightful young women, with one baby girl and one due in September. She has a very informative food blog called Crunchy Hot Mama. Love the name. Look it up you will be surprised by the topics, especially if you have kids and or Celiac Disease. We had a delicious healthy meal, love the mashed cauliflower on top of the meal. They gave us the guest room, and we were off the next day. Mostly our driving in the Southern states was in rolling land or very flat.
This is why coming from such a flat area, our mountains in Calif., Yosemite to be exact are so awe inspiring. It is such a great extreme.
Our Amazing Military Men on the move. We saw military vehicles periodically along our drive.
The roads in this area are a long ribbon of concrete, mostly great flat extensions with farms, or trees on the sides.
Some areas had been devastated and the trees downed or stripped of their leaves.
I need to make some adjustments.. the theme has changed at the gallery while we are gone and this is the piece that is hanging at the gallery for the Zen Theme.. If you are in the area be sure to stop in and check out the amazing art, and there are lots of gift items available also.. One of a kind made locally is a lovely gift to give.
"Joy" is just that whimsical piece, with stitching going in all directions in a variety of sizes and strips.
My hand dyes as well as bits of commercial fabrics are sewn together in all directions.
Next back to the trip!
I am a mixed media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds,and jewelry. I am easily distracted with the next project, and have many going at one time. I have been teaching Fabric Dyeing and Beginning gourd art for many years. I am blessed with my own home studio. We live in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park, in central Calif. U.S.A. This is a place of Inspiration, Blue Skies and Great Friends. I volunteer with several organizations,and have memberships in P.E.O., Coarsegold Historical So., Sierra Art Trails, Madera Circle Gallery, Yosemite Western Artist, Timberline Gallery and Sierra Mountain Quilters. I teach at my home studio and at local quilt gatherings.
My web site is: www.vivianhelena.com,