Sunday, May 19, 2013
Katrina, Angels, and Blow Flies
The first stop after crossing the dreaded Mississippi River was Gulfport, MS. I scored a terrific parking place right along the Gulf at a casino.
It's a great town. The Mardi Gras museum is inside the Visitors Center. I'm not big on museums, but this one was quick, easy, and fascinating.
The detail on the costumes is amazing!
This area was hit hard by Hurrican Katrina back in 2005. It was one of the strongest storms to hit the US in the last 100 years. There is still a lot of damage here.
The homes along the waterfront that have been rebuilt are now on stilts.
There are many, many vacant lots for sale. If you are looking for waterfront property, this is the place to come.
It is no laughing matter, but these Laughing Gulls were really whooping it up.
One of the coolest things around are the "Katrina Angels," carved out of the dead trees left by the storm. This one was in a cemetery -
Where even the angel statues wear Mardi Gras beads.
The carvings are located all over town.
This was my favorite, done by wood carver, Dayle Lewis.
It consists of 3 dual-colored angels -
And a bunch of different birds and other critters.
The detail is amazing -
Even down to little lady bugs.
But the best thing we did here was meet up with Erin and Mui of Two To Travel's Phaeton Journeys. Erin is a terrific photographer, and Mui is not too shabby either. If you go over to their blog, you will have to go back a ways, because Erin is actually up-to-date, unlike yours-truly.
We met at the Blow Fly Inn. The food was great, in spite of the name. Whoa - is that an actual blow fly? Oh no - it's plastic. Good one!