Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Making Our Way To Florida

We left San Marcos on December 28th staying one night at the Thousand Trails in Columbus and then one night in a Passport America Campground in Beaumont.

On December 29th, we arrived at Betty's RV Park in Abbeville, Louisiana.  This little rv park is mentioned quite often in rving blogs as a not to be missed spot.  We had reservations here for 4 nights through New Year's Day.

Everything we had heard about Betty's was correct.  Betty greeted us showing us where we would park the fifth wheel.  She made sure we knew about the 4:30 happy hour and that there were some men making bologna and egg sandwiches this afternoon.  I didn't partake in those, but Jim did and said they were tasty.

We went to the 4:30 happy hour and arrived back home a couple of hours later.  Plans were made for the ladies to go the next day for pedicures and lunch out which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The weather did not cooperate with us as it was cloudy the entire time, raining most of the time and cold.  We didn't get to go to several places we had planned on, guess we'll have to come back. :)

New Year's Eve was filled with laughter, food, and karaoke.   I can't explain how quickly you are made to be a part of this place.  It is an atmosphere that Betty has developed and I have never experienced it at any other place.  We had a woderful time starting with happy hour at 4:30 and almost made it to midnight, leaving at 11:30.

New Year's Day was a potluck and more visiting.  We were leaving the next day as well as two other couples so goodbyes were said this evening.

Betty came out the next day as we were heading out for hugs and to wish us safe journeys.  It was truly a wonderful place to stay.

Our next stop was in Pass Christian, Mississippi which is not too far from Biloxi.

It was cloudy and cold here too, but we had one day with sun and temperatures in the low 60's.

We decided to take a Volksmarch that started at the Biloxi Visitor's Center.  Directly in front of the Visitor's Center was the Biloxi Lighthouse which was erected in 1848 and is now the only lighthouse to stand in the middle of a highway, Highway 90.

We went inside the Visitor's Center to look around and get the directions for the Volksmarch.  We admired some of the "Katrina Sculptures" inside. These were two of my favorites.

After Hurricane Katrina hit, many of the giant trees that lined Beach Boulevard were destroyed.  Chainsaw sculptures can now be seen all the way down the highway.

The Volksmarch Trail was well marked with signs.

We passed some of the historic landmarks in Biloxi.  Here is the Magnolia Hotel built in 1847 as a lodging establishment.  After Hurricane Camille, the city of Biloxi purchased the historic landmark and moved it to higher ground approximately 100 yards north.  That probably saved it from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

Directly across from the hotel was Mary Mahoney's Old French House which was built by Louis Frasier, a French colonist, in 1737.  It was purchased in 1962 to become the restaurant it is now.

This wall was part of the Biloxi Tricentennial Mosaic made in 1999.

There were some reminders of the damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted on this city in 2005.  We had driven down Highway 90 a couple of years before the storm and remembered seeing the majestic old homes lining the highway.

Now,  there are still many empty lots with majestic trees and some reminders of the homes that were once there.

It was great to get out and enjoy some of sights in Biloxi.

1 comment:

  1. That's a very interesting Volksmarch . We'll put it on our list!