M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

welcome to mississippi

We knew we wouldn’t have much time in Mississippi (thank goodness I learned how to spell that in fourth grade… it’s really coming in handy!) since we had to be in Florida by Christmas Day to pick up Chris’s parents. When I look at a map to pick out our route I always try to find places along the way that I’ve heard of or wanted to visit for one reason or another. When I saw Biloxi was in Mississippi, and on our route, I knew we had to stop there. One of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs is named after this city and I could just feel that the entrance to Buffett territory was going to start in Biloxi.

We drove into Mississippi from whichever state was before it (only kidding – Louisiana) and pulled off at the Visitor’s Center because there was a NASA space museum right there too! I’d never been to any sort of space museum before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Chris, who says he’s that boy that wanted to be an astronaut when he was a kid and begged his parents to let him go to Space Camp, was raring to go!
zeph the spaceman
We could tell by the vast open spaces on the museum floor that this place was still a work in progress, there was tons of room for growth but it was still neat to check out. The downstairs portion of the museum consisted of one space flight simulator (we did not test this out), a cardboard cutout of a mini astronaut and a full sized replica spacesuit with the back of the helmet cut out so you could stick your face in for photo ops (our pics of this turned out crap), and a kiddo table full of Duplo Legos, which is where Zeph spent most of his time. He would have stayed there forever I think if he’d had his way. Upstairs in the museum there was an actual space pod type thing that was about twenty feet long, and you could walk inside to see the different stations where the astronauts would work and sleep.

These are some pretty tight living quarters... one of the little compartments in the space pod thing where an astronaut would work and sleep... standing up!

These are some pretty tight living quarters… one of the little compartments in the space pod thing where an astronaut would work and sleep… standing up!

There was another cardboard display where you could smile out from the window of the Discovery and tell all your friends you were in space. Chris took the opportunity to throw Zeph into space…
out the spaceship window

After we’d had our fill of the space museum (spent maybe an hour there, there really wasn’t all that much to look at) we headed down the freeway a bit to Biloxi. We posted up at Cajun RV park, which is right across the street from the beach and in a pretty sweet location. We had a nice spot (space 81, I believe) toward the back of the park by the office, the playground, and most importantly the laundry and showers. I have found so far on our trip that most RV parks have a laundry room, prices ranging from $1.50 -$2.50 for a wash, and same price for a dry. This adds up quick, especially when most of the dryers don’t seem to work too well and I’ve had to run the dryer twice on almost every load. But hey, that’s part of the lifestyle we’ve chosen for now so I’m “makin’ it work” (thanks, Tim Gunn).

Biloxi is a charming little beach town. We mainly stayed on the road that runs along the beach, so I can’t say what the town is like behind that, but I loved the southern beach charm of this place.

Biloxi Lighthouse in the middle of the main street running parallel to the beach

Biloxi Lighthouse in the middle of the main street running parallel to the beach

One of the many awesome beachfront houses on the main drag in town

One of the many awesome beachfront houses on the main drag in town

Chris and Zeph went for a bike ride while I did laundry, and called me to meet them for lunch and give them a lift back home (it was almost nap time). We ate at a nice diner on the beach called Snapper’s, where our waitress RayRay told us all about life in Biloxi.
beach bikeride

Lunch at Snapper's

Lunch at Snapper’s

After two nights in Biloxi we knew we had to hightail it to Pensacola to pick up the in-laws, so we drove straight through Alabama (such a small part of the state was on our route) into Florida. We’ve been here since Christmas Eve, and are heading east again tomorrow. I’ll post about our Florida adventures soon… Happy New Year!

Biloxi by Jimmy Buffett

Down around Biloxi
Pretty girls are dancing in the sea
They all look like sisters in the ocean
Boy will fill his pale with salty water
And the storms will blow from off towards New Orleans

The Sun shines on Biloxi
The air is filled with vapors from the sea
The boy will dig a pool beside the ocean
He sees creatures from his dreams underwater
And the Sun will set from off towards New Orleans

Stars can see Biloxi
Stars can find their faces in the sea
We are walking down beside the ocean
We are splashing naked in the water
And the sky is red from off towards New Orleans

Down around Biloxi
Pretty girls are swiming in the sea
They all look like sisters in the ocean
Boy will fill his pale with salty water
And the storms will blow from off towards New Orleans

two states in one day

two states in one day

On the Road

On the Road

This is what I have been waiting for! Sugar sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters!

This is what I have been waiting for! Sugar sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters!

  • Allie

    It’s true- growing up we watched the movie Space Camp quite a bit- probably inspiring Chris’s desire to go! Rad movie. Lol