Blue People, Red State - Winter 2010 travel blog


Before we left Biloxi we took a drive east past the towns we had heard so much about during Hurricane Katrina - Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. Very sad. We could have taken lots of photos of building foundations or brick stairs leading to nowhere, but it was all just such a bummer. Occasionally, we could see some rebuilding in process, but mostly it was green and empty. Sometimes it was hard to imagine what we weren't seeing, since we were unfamiliar with this particular spot. If you are interested, they are plenty of good websites with before and after photos of this area. Mississippi has always been one of our poorer states and now with the hurricane damage to the north, the oil slick approaching, and the bad economy we are all suffering from, you have to wonder how much more they can handle. Every direction we drove from Biloxi, we crossed large bridges over huge rivers and inlets and they all had clearly been rebuilt or were totally new. Right after Katrina folks living here must have been totally isolated.

As we drove toward our final destination for this journey, our route took us through Alabama almost the entire day. We looked for reasons to stop and sight see, but couldn't find a good excuse to pause. It would have been interesting to see the Tuskegee Institute where George Washington Carver invented 500 uses for the peanut, but there were no campgrounds nearby. Most of the campground were in the Auburn area and seemed devoted to their illustrious football team. We went on. According to the GPS the drive was going to take about an hour longer than we had planned. Then we figured out that this GPS knew we were changing time zones. Pretty cool! By the time I lose my mind altogether, machines will stand ready to compensate for all my inadequacies.

We're in an Army Corps of Engineers campground on a lake for $11/night. Such a deal. However, the area is heavily treed and it took our satellite dish all night to get connected. It feels good to be back on the grid.

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