The day is bright and muggy. My eyeglasses fog up just from going outside. Yet, despite the heat and the humidity, the sky is clear, the clouds are beautiful and the day has just begun. The road, with its bends and turns, with its open call to adventure, screams to anyone to get off the couch and set out on the weekend. Shouts of exuberating exclamations reach the area around the potential traveler! The workweek has disappeared, and the chance for a ‘mini-vacation’ has just arrived! It is sunny Florida and travel has just appeared on the menu!
The trip to Biloxi, MS, was a bit interesting this time. A previous journey had led to the expected Biloxi experience: a gambling strip, hotels and casinos overlooking the water, and a brightly lit area of town. This interesting trip, in contrast, was almost an entirely different experience. The feel of the trip was as a never-ending boardwalk: biking, skateboarding, rollerblading available sidewalk, multiple jet-ski rentals across the water (waves were not high enough or even existent enough for bogeyboard/surfing), kids were making sand castles and capturing sand crabs, and sunbathing or swimming not to be ignored as well. The 90, or beach blvd, was taken from Biloxi to Gulfport to Pass Christian and all the way to Bay St. Louis before returning to the Intestate-10. After reviewing the map, it seems the author may have travelled the east side the first trip, and the west side of town the second trip. All of the casinos on the waterfront are on the east side of town.
Places of interest while travelling to the west side of town include: Keesler Air Force Base (the author accidentally arrived at this Air Force Base, and the person at the gate was kind enough to point in the correct direction of where to travel), Bay Breeze Golf Course, Southern Memorial Park, Mississippi Coast Coliseum (a huge general meeting area for concerts, etc), and a mall. I am unsure, but I remember seeing a VA hospital somewhere around there too, but I’m not sure that would add quite the tourist value of the other locations. The housing along the drive was quite unique. Some houses were quite impressive; others I would be embarrassed to even being seen standing next to. I’m certain in both cases the cost for land and housing would be out of reach for many persons. While driving along this area, a land for sale of 1 acre was ‘on sale’ for 1 million dollars!
The shopping led to some unique discoveries. In the shop visited, there were a wide variety of t-shirts with funny sayings on them; it was amusing enough simply to browse around and chuckle at each of the sayings. To be incredibly unique, this shop also had painted hermit crabs for sale. The intricate designs on such small creatures were definitely an attention grabbing portion of the trip. Imagine watching a painting stand up, walk across the room, and then sit back down. This oddity was exactly how it felt to witness these hermit crabs in action. The other gadgets, trinkets, summer clothing, and sports to toss around in the sand rounded out a satisfying shopping experience.
This is your call to ‘cruise the beach’, put the top down, drive 5 miles under the speed limit, and experience the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the sights and views of the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico as you drive off ‘into the sunset’ on your own journey! This is your call to ‘get out there’ and experience what this area has to offer; this is your chance to make your vacation destination of Florida the best it can be! After all, we only have a limited time on a short tour of duty, and then Big Navy will send us on friendly sails to what is next, so let’s make the best of what we have now and here before it is all gone! As always, enjoy your ‘mini-vacations’ responsibly and I look forward to us all occasionally bumping into each other because we are all getting outside away from the video games and experiencing what our area has to offer!