June 6, 2008
On Friday morning I headed into New Orleans. It was 8.30 am and 92’. And of course humid.
My main goal of the day was to go to the D Day Museum in New Orleans. Actually, they have re-named it the National World War II Museum. I will write this up later, since it will take me a little time, and I want to get this out.
After the Museum, I headed east along I-10 then onto hiway 90, to go along the coast of MS and view the hurricane damage.
I must say, that coming into and out of New Orleans, I drove over more bridges than I ever have. I guess it is all swamp, so the interstate is up over the swamp and officially a bridge. I guess that is what they would be called. No matter what, it’s quite some infrastructure they had to build. East of New Orleans toward Slidell they are building new roads/bridges [apparently to replace existing ones] and it was quite an impressive sight with hundreds of …can’t think of what they are called besides “legs”…in place for as far as I could see. It just went on and on and on.
Just after this, I-10 is called the Stephen Ambrose Memorial Highway.
I stopped in Bay St Louis, MS. I pulled over so I could check the water out. It was what most people would consider way too warm, but I thought it was just right. So, I put my bathing suit on and went it. I then got my low lawn chair and rosemary triscuits [sp?] out and sat under a huge old tree that took a pounding and just watched the world go by while eating my triscuits.
Along the water, about half the houses have been fixed back up. Same for their little downtown area. I saw one house, which was, let’s say, 10 blocks from the water…so no water view. It was a big house and zero has been done to it – it needs to be demolished. For sale for $395k.
Then I drove along 90 towards Biloxi. I saw one corner lot across the road from 90 [unobstructive view of the water], for sale for $595k.
It looks like 75% the area along the coast has been rebuilt. And when they rebuild, they are building the big, fancy homes and condos. So, it is the 2 extremes…fancy vs nothing done yet. The trees def look weather beaten, but unsure if that is due to the hurricanes vs constant, daily pounding by the wind. The trees all seem “short”…probably 30’ tall. I don’t know my trees, so can’t tell you what kind they are. They are also planting a lot of palm trees along 90.
There seems to be a Waffle House every 2 miles.
I decided to stay in Biloxi, in a hotel on the water. At dusk I went out to the beach. There was only one other woman there. It’s Friday nite, finding a room was tough, and NO ONE is on the beach. So, I went over to ask her …what’s the deal? Am I missing something?
She was wondering the same thing. We got to talking and really hit it off. Her name is Sylvia, and her hubby Kevin, and daughters Caroline and Laura were in the water. I look out, and about 200m out, there is a man walking with water up to mid calf. And there are 2 little heads coming out of the water. They are walking in, and he looks like a giant walking on water. I asked her what in the world is he standing on. She said he’s not, the water is that shallow. Then how old – and tall – are your daughters? Come to find out, there were on boogey boards lying down, which is why I could only see their heads. When they stood, they too looked like they were walking on water.
So, we all hit is off and I spent the evening talking and hanging out with them. They were very delightful.