03 November 2007

Weekend of Fun in the South

Before the real weekend started...Thursday night was interesting. Heading to Jackson MS (about 3 hours away) for the Casting Crowns concert....with Brian DeCicco from my weather class. He drove...and on the way there we stopped at Arbys for dinner.

We got to the concert and found that our seats were directly on the side of the stage..so even though we could see the screen showing us the artists, we couldn't see them head on. But we were talking about the seats...and this guy in front of us (who I thought was gonna tell us to be quiet) said he had two tickets on the floor and we could have them...for free! So we took them and got to sit next to some of his youth group kids.

What a miracle.
Woot!




This artist did a painting during two of their songs...can you see it?


Starting on Friday -- Leah and I had marvelous plans of driving to Pensacola FL to hang out on the beach, then head back to Mississippi, and the next day head to New Orleans and explore for the day. Returning Saturday and able to be at church on Sunday to say goodbye.


It turns out that our scheduled pickup for the rental car was 10am, but we didn't actually drive away with it until noon. We headed to Pensacola with plans to stop by the Olive Garden in Mobile (about 45 min away from Biloxi) to grind...and because we ate so much we needed to walk some of it off...so we took about a 2 hour pit stop. By the time we got to Pensacola, it was around 430 at least...and it was chilly outside and the sun was preparing to set. Not the best time to head to the beach. Thankfully our classmate (Nursing student with Leah, ROTC with both of us) Tiv McMann is stationed at Eglin AFB and lives about 20 min or so out of Pensacola...so we drove to see her. (Another blessing--otherwise both Leah and I would have broken down because of a waste of a whole day). So we played with Gavin, and her newest one Everett (9 months and incredibly adorable!) and saw Tiv popping out and due in a lil bit.

We finally got home around 1am...and crashed...getting ready for a new day and off to New Orleans.

I can't remember if this was on the way to New Orleans...or Florida...Anyway- Diamondhead Hawaii.....NOT. =)


Once we got to New Orleans we headed straight to "Cafe Du Monde" to check out some French donuts...or beignettes (sp?) Anyway...check me out eating one...


For the highlight of the afternoon, we thought a swamp tour would be a good way to check out the south...we just didn't know we'd be so up close and personal...


The Swamp--is amazingly pretty.
Living in one of these...might not be so pretty. But this one survived Katrina..notice the trees fell around it...

They had two alligators on board, a little itty bitty one, and a bigger one (hence the electric tape). Either way, they were fun to touch and play with...



Itty bitty one

Big one...




Bigger one...this one doesn't have electrical tape on it...
Bigger one ready to eat a marshmallow

After the tour ended we headed back to Bourbon street area for some dinner and finishing up tourist shopping...and...I got to see the Mississippi river!!
TA DA....

Gotta love the crazy pics with the statues....
Helloooooo....


All in all...it was adventurous and fun. SOOO glad we had GPS...more later...