11/07/18 Ocean Springs, MS

DAY #20

First full day on the ‘Gulf Coast’ and decided to do a bit of meandering around Ocean Springs.  Nothing serious, just thought I’d get the “lay of the land”, so to speak.  Davis Bayou campground is located within the Gulf Islands National Seashore which itself is tucked into a corner of Ocean Springs. The city is located on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay.

I dressed light since the weather continued to be warm (upper 70s) and humid, and rain was still in the forecast. The humidity has been one of the biggest changes for me.  It’s been 70 degree dew points and man oh man, that can really make a warm day hot.  Last night I had to put the A/C on in the trailer because the humidity was so high.

In perusing around this little city, I found it to be a charming area with a very upscale and laid back feel to it.  Lots of small, independently & locally owned shops set up along narrow, tree-lined streets.  Man, some of the streets were so narrow that two cars passing each other had to be done ever so cautiously.DSC_0108.JPGDSC_0110 (2).JPGDSC_0113 (2).JPGDSC_0146.JPG

The architecture of the houses are so different from what I’m familiar with up north (uff da), and I do find them charming and very livable.DSC_0111.JPGDSC_0112 (2).JPG

No, it’s not the house that’s slanted, It’s the photographer who’s tilting a bit to the left.DSC_0114 (2).JPGDSC_0169 (2).JPGDSC_0168 (2).JPGDSC_0170 (2).JPGDSC_0171 (2).JPGDSC_0167 (2).JPG

Getting away from the city center and towards the bay saw the size and stature of the home increase.DSC_0158 (2).JPGDSC_0156 (2).JPGDSC_0165 (2).JPG

Hurricane Katrina hit this area in 2005 and Ocean Springs wasn’t spared.  A lot of “high end” homes near the bay suffered heavy damage and destruction along with the yacht club and fishing/walking piers on the beach.  You can still see remnants of Katrina by the empty lots that dot the bay area. the level of devastation in other areas of the city isn’t as apparent, it looks to have healed quite well.

Another good day in the life…

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