A Cool, Quiet Day

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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James' Place

Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Well it IS cool here.  It's all relative, as you well know.  A few warm days spoil us a bit.  After getting pretty well acclimated to the warmer weather, we were again hit with a cold night for the area.  Folks have been talking about what a cold winter they're having down here.  I usually don't leave the furnace on at night.  It got down to forty nine degrees in the coach, as a result.  I get up earlier than Lynnie, usually by six or so.  I did turn on the heat then and appreciated the convenience of it.  In no time it got up to about seventy and that was good.  It doesn't take too long to warm up a home that's only two hundred and fifty six square feet in size.  Another good thing...

After breakfast, at the suggestion of my old friend Pete, we drove to Davis Bayou.  It's only about ten miles from James'.  There's a beautiful federal campground there too.  With the "Geezer Ticket", it's only eight dollars a night.  I suggested that we stop for a night or two after we leave here.  Could happen you know.  Time will tell.  We parked in a shady area and with our map which we got from the ranger station, we went on a short tour of the area.  There's a walkway adjacent to the road over the bayou.  I gives a good overview of what bayou life is for the wildlife.  We continued on to a nature trail about a half mile in length.  Very few birds were in the area and none on the trail.  We had a small guide for the trail.  It showed the highlights and posed questions at various points on the trail.  The area is composed of an ancient sand dune which is now covered with loblolly pines, saw palmetto and various other flora.  Since it's not spring yet, the trees etc. were leafed out, but not flowering.  There were also magnolia trees with their large, shiny leaves.  At one bayou overlook, we met two young travelers from München, or Munich, Germany.  We visited a bit auf Deutsch and English both.  They're here for about three weeks touring the southeast.  It's always good to speak the language with someone and get a feel for where they're from and what they're up to.  They told us where they had spotted an alligator.  We had some idea of where it was and proceeded to return to that area.

We re-crossed the bridge and just a short distance from the placard explaining the nature of alligators, we spotted him.  He was about twenty five or thirty yards away, across a section of bayou.  He appeared to be at least seven or eight feet long!  They sun themselves during the day, collecting the heat in the small bones of their backs, according to what we learned.  Then they hunt at night, eating birds, turtles and fish among other things.  When they capture something, they throw it in the air and catch it in such a way that it goes down their throats.  Saves wear and tear on their teeth, I assume.  Great to finally see one... especially close enough to get a good shot. 

  I also took a short video of another area of the bayou.  As I said before, I've increased the definition of the video, in hopes that it shows clearer when you look at it.  Please do.  That's what they're there for.

This evening we're dining at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi.  It's about ten miles from here.  I'm looking forward to winning enough to brag about, but usually it works the other way.  More to follow latah...

We met James at the casino at about five thirty.  It's a huge place with over seventeen hundred rooms.  We at at the buffet and the food was truly grand.  James had the prime rib and I had a stuffed pork chop, Guinness stew and a few shrimp along with a large green salad.  Lynnie outdid herself and had the paella, mussels, fried catfish, dungeness crablegs, asparagus, marinated mushrooms and a cucumber salad.  She got FULL!

James left and Lynnie proceeded to the gaming room and went about paying for our meals via the wizardry of electronics.  I'm a slot fan and Lynnie made her contribution by means of the poker machine.  I was hot at first, turning my one dollar bill into fifteen dollars in a flash.  Then, I gradually re-invested it.  Fun it was, however.  It's now a cool evening and I'm here at the Mac and Lynnie is playing solitaire.  See y'all on the morrow. 
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