Archive for April, 2014

April 27 – Home Sweet Home

Monday, April 28th, 2014

We got back to Bend April 25 and discovered some winter damage. The water line to the trailer must have frozen because when Robert turned the water on, it started bubbling up through the ground, and it wasn’t “bubblin’ crude, oil that is, black gold, Texas tea”. Robert spent a few days replacing the line and putting it deeper while I put up the canopy and curtains on the deck.

Ditch digging.

Ditch digging.

April 23 – Go West

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Heading home to Bend. We stopped along the Platte river at Louisville State Recreation Area in Louisville, Nebraska.

Sunset on the Platte.

Sunset on the Platte.

April 20 – Cowboy Cookin’

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A one day stop in Chicago turned out to be the best day of Spring so far! We were treated to Cowboy Cookin’ in the backyard.

Steaks on the grill! Better than Fire Walking!

Steaks on the grill! Better than Fire Walking!

 

April 16 – Lake Cora

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We headed to the great white north, as in still white with snow, to Aunt Tootie’s in Michigan.

The trees are still bereft of leaves or even buds!

The trees are still bereft of leaves or even buds!

There was no snow on the ground, but we drove through a snow and sleet storm in Indiana on the way up!

 

April 13 – Moving On

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our last look at the historic, iconic features of BSL.

The 100 Men DBA, on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The 100 Men DBA, on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church.

St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church.

"Christ in the Oaks" was painted by Armenian artist Auseklis Ozols, founder of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.  The mural is in St. Rose de Lima Church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  The church was founded in 1926 as an African-American Roman Catholic church. Today, it is a racially mixed parish, heavily influenced by the African-American culture, and is known for its full gospel choir which performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

“Christ in the Oaks”, the mural in St. Rose de Lima Church. The church was founded in 1926 as an African-American Roman Catholic church. Today, it is a racially mixed parish, heavily influenced by the African-American culture.

Our favorite Live Oak to sit under.

Our favorite Live Oak to sit under.

"I'll fly away".

“I’ll fly away”.

 

April 12 – Putt-Putt Championship

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

We meandered around town observing the Inaugural Seahorse Open Putt-Putt Championship put on by the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse. Venues around town hosted the putt-putt holes, as well as serving snacks and drinks! We had to sample the local fare!

Oysters on the half shell!

Oysters on the half shell!

Soft shell crab display at the 16th hole.

Soft shell crab display at the 16th hole.

April 12 – BSL Tour Part Two

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A Walking Tour of BSL is de rigueur!

Historic L & N Railroad Depot.

Historic L & N Railroad Depot.

 

The Mardi Gras Museum inside the depot. Fantastic costumes are manufactured just up the street.

The Mardi Gras Museum inside the depot. Fantastic costumes are manufactured just up the street.

The "Starr Boarding House" featured in the 1966 movie "This Property Condemned" starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood.

The “Starr Boarding House” featured in the 1966 movie “This Property Condemned” starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood.

The Blue House, home of Alice Moseley, folk artist.

The Blue House, home of Alice Moseley, folk artist.

April 11 – Walking Tour of BSL

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

That’s “Walking Tour of Bay Saint Louis”! Several days of meandering around this picturesque town.

A marketing mural.

A marketing mural.

Colorful store front.

Colorful store front.

A comfortable place to sit!

A comfortable place to sit!

Funky artwork.

Funky artwork.

April 10 – Fort Pike

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

We decided to stay for several days to relax and enjoy the Gulf Coast and Southern Hospitality! We usually have motorcycles, or this winter the jeepster, to sightsee with. Not so on this trip, so we dropped the camper to travel more lightly with the truck.

Uncoupling the truck and camper, something we've never done before!

Uncoupling the truck and camper, something we’ve never done before!

We drove west towards New Orleans through the bayous of west Mississippi and across a bridge into Louisiana where we turned into an old fort we saw from the bridge. This is Fort Pike, built in 1819, finished in 1827 and finally abandoned in 1890 and according to Wikipedia, “Despite having changed hands multiple times in a history spanning at least two major wars, no cannon was ever fired in battle at Fort Pike.” Nature however almost finished the fort off when the Hurricane Katrina storm surge completely submerged it. It was reopened in 2009 but is still badly damaged.

Entering the Fort after crossing the 'moat'.

Entering the Fort after crossing the ‘moat’.

Up on the ramparts looking into the interior parade ground.

Up on the ramparts looking into the interior parade ground.

The circular interior where the gun ports and ammunition batteries were.

The circular interior where the gun ports and ammunition batteries were.

April 9 – The Gulf Coast of MS

Friday, April 11th, 2014

We took a meandering route across southern Mississippi and south to the Gulf shore of the state, finally settling down at Buccaneer State Park near Waveland, MS. We headed east on Beach Boulevard to historic Old Town Bay Saint Louis to explore the town. We were impressed with the beautiful houses along Beach Boulevard, but noticed they were all new, with lots of empty lots between them, many with old foundations, pilings or just concrete steps to nowhere. We realized this was Ground Zero for Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are opposite the new homes and vacant lots. Along the beach are the remains of huge old Live Oaks that were killed by the salt water storm surge of Hurricane Katrina. The trunks of the trees have been carved into beautiful images of land, sea and air creatures and protective angels.

One of the carved Live Oaks.

One of the carved Live Oaks.

We heard the story that three survivors clung to one of the oak trees throughout the storm and felt that the tree was their guardian angel!

We heard the story that three survivors clung to one of the oak trees throughout the storm and felt that the tree was their guardian angel!

For a personal account of the destruction of the storm in the area here is a website to visit;

http://4christe.tripod.com/WavelandDamage

For before and after pictures of towns along the coast visit this website;

http://www.louisianaphotos.com/Katrina/B_A/Bay-St-Louis.html

For more images and info on the sculptures visit this website;

http://thanks-katrina.blogspot.com/2009/03/update-on-highway-90-sculptures.html

Just as the dead trees have been revived into beautiful works of art, the communities of the Gulf are revitalized, inviting and beautiful!