Again, it’s been a while since I have posted on this ol’ blog but I haven’t quit.
Nancy and I got back from our first trip together to see relatives in over 2 years. We arrived home last Thursday after seeing my parents, Nancy’s parents, my grandmother and Nancy’s sister. Not all in that order. Most of the trip was spent staying with my in-laws in Gulfport, Mississippi but we broke up the driving by staying overnight in a Pensacola motel and each time had dinner with my parents.
One quick sidenote, it’s been several months since Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast but you can still see a lot of damage from just along Interstate 10. While we were visiting my parents, my Dad showed me pictures he took of their house, the neighborhood they live in and a couple of nearby roads. The devastation was just heartbreaking. My folks were fortunate that the damage to home and property was minimal but there are plenty of people still awaiting repairs on their homes. You can still see tarps on countless roofs just from the roadside. The I-10 Escambia Bay bridge still is only a single lane eastbound with some of the sections temporary metal grating.
We stopped in Mobile on our way from Pensacola to Gulfort in order to visit my paternal Grandmother who resides is a nice nursing home. She’s now confined to a wheelchair but still gets around. They seem to be taking good care of her and Daddy visits her frequently and takes care of things for her. This was the first time in over 2 years that I had the chance to visit. In recent years, it’s been very difficult for Nancy and I to be able to get time off from work at the same times.
While we were in Gulfport, Nancy had to get her Po’Boy “fix” at a little place called Pirate’s Cove which is in Long Beach, Mississippi. They have a delicious albeit extremely messy roast beef with gravy Po’Boy. It’s tradition with Nancy and I to each get one with a bottle of Barq’s root beer each. Good but oh so messy.
We also drove around Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi along the beach road to Waveland, Mississippi and then came back along U.S. Highway 90. At the point where we got back on U.S. 90 we saw a huge sign in the shape of an alligator pulling the arm on a slot machine and standing on a pair of dice. This was an old information sign for a long-defunct casino that I don’t even remember. I will put the pictures I took online soon. It was a strange sight…this huge sign just in the middle of nowhere no casino or remnants of a casino in sight anywhere. In fact, this sign was in the countryside. A sort of a Twilight Zone moment so to speak.
Nancy’s biggest moment was when her Mom took her clothes shopping. Well actually I took them to the clothes shop and waited in the car for over two hours while they shopped. Turned out they managed to accidentally hit it when a storewide sale had just begun. Needless to say Nancy came out a double armload of stuff.
And what did I get to do for fun on that day while chaperoning the ladies?
I got to spend 10 minutes in a guitar shop drooling over guitars that I can’t afford.
Still, it was a good trip. It was nice seeing most of my family and my inlaws but as with most vacations, it ended far too early.