Buccaneer State Park and Bay St.Louis MS

Our site at Buccaneer State Park
One of the many wooden sculptures
along the Gulf Coast as a memorial
to Katrina victims. 

It has been a relaxing kind of week. We had great weather the first two days then rain for three but today the sun came out and though a little chilly it was great. After our Fat Tuesday in the rain, we laid low through the rainy days and then today we knew we wanted to get out and about. We drove back into Bay St. Louis and wandered through the downtown. Found a great kitchen shop with a few things I may need to return to get.   In one gift shop we struck up a conversation with an older gentleman who was manning the shop. I’m not sure how the conversation turned to Ram trucks but it did. His son is the art director for an Ad agency in Houston and he is the one that put together the Superbowl 2013 ad for Ram. It was over a year ago but I knew right away which one it was, because it was a favorite of mine. The ad was a testament to the American Farmers. It was a rather long ad but I thought it was amazing. In the shop he had a coffee table book that was published by National Geographic that developed from that ad. The proceeds from the book were to benefit 4H groups. We really enjoyed chatting with him. It’s the people you meet along the road that make this journey so wonderful.
Downtown Bay St. Louis

We are enjoying our time in the park. The craziness of the last week of Mardi Gras calmed down by Ash Wednesday and by Thursday the park was relatively empty. It filled back up today but not even close to the previous weekend. This is very much a family park. It has a huge wading pool, game room (not open yet), and a water park that not only has all the slides but also a wave pool. The water park isn’t open yet either but you can certainly see the appeal to family campers. We really enjoy seeing the kids. I like that they are out running around, riding bikes, making friends and not in front of the TV or video games. It makes me wish we had done a lot more camping with our kids. Neither John nor I came from families who camped so though we did give tent camping a few tries when the kids were little, it wasn’t a big part of their lives. My youngest son Mitch does love camping in spite of us which is good since I plan on taking Evie (the granddaughter) camping every chance we get.  
One of three new shower houses in the campground

This building has a laundry, camp store and game room.
It is next to the wading pool.

Isn't this an amazing wading pool
On Wednesday we also stopped by to meet fellow bloggers Faye and Dave who we found out were also in the park. They are from Vermont and have a new Grand Design fifth wheel. This is a relatively new company that was started by a group that used to be with Keystone. It was a beautiful rig. He is still working but able to take the winter off and get away from Vermont.  It was fun to get to know another couple out on this crazy journey and we hope to run into them again somewhere done the road. 

We are leaving here on Sunday and headed into Louisiana for part of the week. We are still toying with the idea of seeing if Betty has a spot next week for a few days, who knows. Our next big stop will be at Lake Livingston State Park in Texas where my BFF Trudy and her family are going to meet us for a few days. Can’t wait to see her.

I also want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers for my brother. He had his bypass surgery on Wednesday and all went well. He is already out of the ICU and in a regular room on the cardiac floor. My niece tells me the nurses are surprised at how well he had done. Now it is on to recovery and rehab, but I have confidence in him and his desire to get well.

So until later,
Happy Trails......................................


  1. So glad your brother is doing so well!! We have found some wonderful state parks in our travels too. If you plan on spending any amount of time in Texas state parks, you might want to buy their annual pass. Otherwise they charge a daily fee per person plus the camping which can be a bit pricey. If you buy the pass you get some 1/2 price camping nights. Worth checking into. Have fun with Trudy. It's always fun catching up with old friends.

  2. What a great looking park. Nice you could meet up with Faye & Dave! Safe travels on to Louisiana. Love Betty's too, hopefully you can get in.

  3. Was nice to meet you both too, sorry we didn't have time for a longer visit, hopefully someday. Glad to hear your brother is doing better. Safe travels westward.

  4. Time to color more states on your map.

  5. It is a nice town and does not take long to see it:)


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