Knock, knock! Hello Baton Rouge. Is anybody home?
This is the Mississippi River for goodness sake. Don't you think it would have been polite and possibly educational to put up a sign on your bridge to say "you are now crossing the Mississippi River"? No?!? I had to check the GPS as we were about to go over this huge bridge to see what river it was. So this is my disappointing quick shot of the mighty Miss and one barge. The folks along I90 westbound made a big deal out of this. There was even a rest area where we could stop and admire the river. Phffffft!!!!!
The Mississippi Welcome Center was very nice. The inside of the building was done up like a mansion and they gave everybody free coffee. There were historic exhibits with plenty of paintings of Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.
This is downtown Mobile, AL. See all the yellow arrow signs? We'd been warned of a tunnel and the need to slow down through here.
40 mph didn't feel quite slow enough and we had the vague sensation of being flushed down a toilet.
Signs of the day:
- "Do You Know Jesus?" was printed on small white signs and we saw several of these posted on trees by the roadside.
- "Why drive to Florida?" Brett's response was "because it would be really hard to get this thing airborne".
- "Nobama." I thought we might be finished with political commentary as we had been seeing only signs that said "Conservative". I was wrong.
- And at Exit 35 we have "Baptist Pumpkin Center". This is not a place for Baptist pumpkins. It is advising you that you must exit here to go to the towns of Baptist and Pumpkin Center. Still it made for an amusing few moments.
We will be spending the next 4 nights at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, FL. There is sand and there is beach. That is all I know so far. We did have to study the campsite selections rather closely. Some are too narrow for slides, some are too short and some are too sandy to support big rigs. Site #40 seems to be just right. Brett had the idea of talking to each other on our phones while we got the whale parked. This worked out very well and we were settled in no time at all. We have a nice buffer of trees around us and it should be nice and quiet except for the planes coming and going from the Naval Air Station. There are probably some Orions from the old BNAS flying over us too. It will be just like home.