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A DAY ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST

East to West; Ocean Springs, Biloxi, and Gulfport

semi-overcast 97 °F

Sunday, a day of rest.

Today, after a nice jaunt in the early morning coolness along the beachwalk I returned to the RV for a shave and shower. Waffles were on my mind so I took my jug of northern Pure 100% Maple Syrup from the pantry, put it in a bag and sought out a breakfast place. My choice of 'America's Most Dangerous Restaurant', Waffle House, was where I stopped to eat. I say, 'dangerous', for more robberies are committed at Waffle Houses than any other eatery! My sweet tooth satisfied, I left to do a little gambling at the largest of 12 Biloxi casinos, Beau Rivarge Casino & Hotel, on Beach Blvd. It is a spectacular facility with seemingly acres of flowers throughout the lobby which must have a 6 story atrium. Long story short--my winnings equaled my losses so I left unscathed, but still poor! By then it was 'high noon' and very hot and humid (90+ degrees with humidity of the same measure) so an air-conditioned car ride seemed sensible. I drove east to Ocean Springs across the causeway bridge to check that community out. Then, turned around and headed west about 20 miles to Gulfport. Located there is Mississippi's Marine Terminal Port which can accommodate large commercial vessels. Parked along the docks were dozens, perhaps a few hundred, 'Dole' brand refrigerated trailers. I would judge that fresh fruits and vegetables are imported through here from South American countries. The State of Mississippi has but 62 miles of coastline, 26 of which are a swath of sugar-sand beaches making the coast a popular destination for vacationers. The MS gulf waters are 'murkier' however, than FL's blue water, although its beaches rival FL's, in my opinion.

Now a little 'Br&Ba'--At the Waffle House my server was a young lady, perhaps late teens or early twenties. A nice personality, but someone who had never visited a dentist. She did not have a pretty smile. I noticed that her hands and forearms were red and swollen so I asked if she had an allergy. She said, "No, I have kidney failure". I asked if she had seen a doctor and she said just recently. Poor thing, she probably has no health insurance, and she will probably have a short life span. I had to leave her a generous tip.

While at the casino I was approached by a community promoter who invited me to a birthday party. I thought, how nice. Yes, tradition runs deep here in the South. At "Beauvoir", a museum/mansion facing the Gulf, they are celebrating the 210th year of Confederate President Jefferson Davis' birth! I am not making this up! After the Civil War ended in 1865 Davis escaped the Confederate Capitol of Richmond, VA, was pursued by the Union Army and apprehended in Georgia enroute to Cuba. Returned north for sentencing, he spent 2 yrs. in prison on charges of treason. He was released on bail in 1867 and later lived at "Beauvoir" from 1876-1889, his last residence before death. However, it was not until 1978 that his US Citizenship was restored post-humously, by then President Jimmy Carter. Last year while visiting Richmond, I toured the Confederate White House where Davis, his wife and family lived from 1861 until being evacuated in 1865 with Union soldiers in hot pursuit. Interesting story.

Posted by dixter 05:10 Archived in USA Tagged experience biloxi

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