Week 37 - Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia - 04-29-2007
Warm Greetings from the Southeast,
We left New Orleans and headed eastward on the way to Uncle Ron and
Aunt Ann's farm in Moultrie GA. On the way out of the city we toured
the 9th ward, the area that got all the attention on the news after
hurricane Katrina. The 9th ward is a poor neighborhood and was in bad
shape prior to Katrina.
However, Biloxi Beach, Mississippi was hit much harder. Nine out of
ten of the hotels, shops and homes on the beach are gone! Unlike New
Orleans, the folks in Biloxi removed their demolished buildings,
leaving only swimming pools, sign posts and other items attached to the
ground. In New Orleans, the damaged buildings, boats and even trash
are still there.
We left Biloxi and passed through Pensacola on the way to Carrabelle
Beach, Florida. We like to drive the highways, not freeways. Our GPS
led us down Pensacola Beach island to return to the mainland later.
Unfortunately the road to the mainland has been washed out by the
hurricanes and does not go through. We drove down a road being worked
on and saw a sign that we thought said, "Road work ends in four
miles". However, after we drove five miles, we realized the sign said
ends in four miles". We had to back up
the motorhome for over a quarter mile before we dared to try an
At the Carrabelle Beach RV park, we met Hank and Ann from Canada.
Their toad (car you
pull) is the European Smart Car. We wanted to get one of these cars
and carry it sideways on the back of our motorhome. But the US version
will be extended a few inches making it too wide to carry legally.
We reached Ron and Ann's farm in Moultrie on Thursday. They had been
smoke-cooking a pig for 12 hours. We had a fabulous meal and heard
great stories. They live in the house that Ann was born in, where her
grandparents lived when she grew up. Ron took us on a tour of the
Tyson Steel Company. James Tyson started the company in 1976 and was
very profitable manufacturing steel buildings in the Southeast. In
1996 James left the company to his sons and began hunting. He has a
collection of hundreds of game from around the world.
On Sunday we went to Ron's church and then headed off toward Daytona
Beach, Florida to meet up with our granddaughter Kalonie and her family.
New Orleans home and new sign put up after the hurricane.
This boat has been sitting on the side of the road for two years!
The next two buildings are in Biloxi. The damaged buildings next door
have been hauled off to the dump.
This was the end of the road on Pensacola Beach Island.
This was the view out our front window at the Elks RV site in Panama
A smart lady in a Smart Car!
Brian, Sissy and daughter Stephanie
Uncle Ron and Ellen and a grizzly bear at the James Tyson wildlife
Love, Pete and Ellen
P.S. Sorry for the delay, Aunt Glo, but Pete caught the flu in Georgia.
Photos from Apr 2007