The rain predicted for Sunday lifted with patches of fog to be expected. A warm front was coming up from the Gulf. Oh, and I decided we were so close to Louisiana, why not? Neither one of us had never been!
Cruising along 1-90 towards Louisiana, I had no idea a mixed bag of emotions was headed my way.
We did a nice side trek (still in MS) along the coast through Bay St. Louis and Waveland... up towards the I-10 that leads to Louisiana.
|I love this shot my mom took on the way!|
|Me and LA and trash in the far left corner. |
Trust me, there was way more than what is showing in the photo!
|Visitor's Center for LA|
...but I have to be honest for every moment I said or thought, "Oh, this is totally what I pictured!" I had a twist of "Oh, this is so sad..."
A lot of things I saw made my heart ache.
|My mom clicked this in a residential area. Loved the houses!|
|Just how I had "pictured" NOLA to be. Love this one by my mom, too.|
On a Sunday afternoon, I saw people passed out in filth and trash amidst beautiful buildings and historical features. I noticed a sign in a residential area encouraging people to walk in groups to be safe because as much as NOLA loves their police force, there just isn't enough of them.
|Found this image online (there are many of signs like these) of what I saw in NOLA.|
I would love to give NOLA another chance and perhaps take a guided tour or two, but the bit I saw (and smelled and heard) from "Betty" on Sunday destroyed the "Let the Good Times Roll" vibe I thought the city held... or maybe my idea of a good time is not the same as their view? That's always a possibility, too.
As we left NOLA and headed along a road (not the I-10) that went through LA towns and spaces that included wildlife refuges and marshes, I was still saddened by the amount of trash on the roads. Even out of the city in areas that are supposed to be protected people are dumping trash, and I still didn't see any signage or efforts for roadside cleanups.
Getting back into Mississippi was so good.
|Back in Pass Christian, just a hop from Bay St. Louis.|
Once the light was gone, we decided to go look at some shops, hit up a Wal-Mart for local fare, and then settle in at our house for one last night, before heading back north Monday... which will be part three of this little tale!
|My gift to myself from MS! :-)|
M of MK Designs (Michelle!)
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