Last week, Bebe and I drove through the Wild Horse desert and pushed our little SUV through major cities and country towns to arrive, as darkness fell, in my home state, Mississippi. We called my sister on the way and told her we were coming. She was happy we waited so she wouldn't have to go to a lot of trouble preparing for our arrival. We arrived to find her standing at the stove preparing a traveler's meal. This week we'll try and get back on the program again.
We traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoyed the scenery of a sparser, but recovering, post Katrina area. The shrimp Po-Boys were as delicious as any I ever remember. The light crude that leaked into the gulf didn't seem to affect the flavor in the least.
We met with some of Bebe's cousins who own a river camp and rode on their pontoon boat into the beautiful backwaters of the Pascagoola river. The weather was beautiful and the gators were enjoying the sunshine. The picture shows house boats lining the bank of Sumrall bayou. Every stop included seeking out more food. A family reunion on Saturday provided more opportunities to eat.
After our meal on Saturday, we loaded the SUV and headed west once again. We drove for four hours and stopped at the home of some old friends in central Louisiana for, you guessed it, more food and fellowship. After a long evening of talking we fell into bed to grab a few winks before pushing on toward the tip of Texas.
The weather for the entire trip was outstanding. We followed the familiar roads back and arrived as darkness was falling on the valley. Thanks to all the family and friends who made the trip a memorable experience.
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