|when you are having fun and are busy. The last few weeks have been full of fun, change in travel plans and an unexpected visit. Sorry to be away so long but will try to catch you up in the next few post. We are a live and well and back on the road.
Back a few weeks ago we continued our trek a long the Gulf Coast. We traveled through the tunnel under the Mobil River 80 some miles to Shepherd State Park in Gautier, MS. This is a small state park made up mostly of marsh....or maybe they call it bayou's. They have a right nice campground. Our site was #4, a pull thur...another one that gave us pause but we finally got parked. Tom sat out our bird feeder and with in minutes we had cardinals, titmouse, chickadees, blue jays, Rufus sided-towhee, red headed woodpecker, downy woodpecker and brown thrashers. We were also visited by a swamp rabbit and raccoons.....a really neat site with a trail down to the marsh and deep wood cover.
While in this area we crossed several things off our bucket list. One was to eat at The Shed BBQ. We were not disappointed....the food was excellent and the decor "different". If you are near Ocean Springs, MS be sure to stop and enjoy....there is a campground right next door.
Next on our list was a visit to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR. I read a blog called Travels with Emma.....www.travels-with-emma.blogspot.com. Emma is the dog owned by Judy, a solo fulltimer(we got to meet her a few weeks later) who spends much of her time volunteering in NWR. She has spend several winters at Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR and I have enjoyed reading her blogs. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane is a non-migratory bird and only lives in this one area of Mississippi. There are only about 130 of the birds in existence. Our visit was in the spring during their nesting season so we were not able to take a tour. However, we did visit the well done visitors center and as always learned so much that we didn't know. And the haunting call of these birds is unbelievable....we were only listening to a recording....cannot imagine what they sound like in real life. The area they nest is in a pine savanna....or prairie....loaded with many wildflowers. There are several hiking trails. The day we were there it was humid and near 90* so we didn't walk the trails. We enjoyed our visit and plan to return in the winter so we can take a tour and hopefully see the Mississippi Sandhill Crane in person.
Next our travels from Ocean Springs, MS to Bay Saint Louis.