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.
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.