And that’s just the beginning of our trip! We are on our way to Gulf State Park in Alabama, and our first night’s stop was in Pope, Mississippi. We stayed at Wallace Creek, a Corps of Engineer campground. We paid $10 (National Parks Pass rate) for a pull through site with full hook ups.
The campground was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The sites were generously spaced, and the lake was beautiful. Our concrete picnic table even had a smooth, shiny top finish where we ate dinner and played Scrabble. The beauty and peacefulness of this place felt so very refreshing. We only stayed one night, but one morning was all I needed to get up before the sunrise, walk over to this nearby bench and see the miracle that happens every morning.
Once the day was underway, we left Pope and traveled to Waynesboro, Mississippi. We planned two nights in this area. Originally, we had reservations at Big Creek Park which is part of the Pat Harrison Waterway District. Big Creek had excellent reviews online, but our reservation was cancelled a couple weeks before our arrival. The campground had been damaged by a tornado on Easter Sunday, and it was not yet ready for business.
The folks at Big Creek recommended we stay at Maynor Creek, another campground in the Pat Harrison Waterway District. Maynor Creek wasn’t too far away, and its location would work well for the activities we had planned for the area. While there were no reviews in Campendium for Maynor Creek, we changed our reservation to stay there.
The day we spent in the area, while at Maynor Creek, was fantastic, and it will be the subject of my next blog post. The details will remain a mystery until my next post is published. That way, the suspense can build, and y’all can get real excited about it!
Even though there were no reviews, I was hoping Maynor Creek would be a hidden gem. After all, Big Creek had 5 stars. But in reality, the no reviews should have been a red flag. Now, there were some good things. The people running the campground were very nice. The sites were spacious. Each site had a trash can, and they picked up trash every morning.
But as a warning to fellow campers, the sites were far from level. That I can live with, but the shower houses were in need of much repair, and at times were gross. The bathrooms did not have any soap, and the hand dryers did not work. Our site had litter by the camper area, trash in the fire pit and cigarette butts on the ground by it. The sewer stank. The roads need repaving. Our friendly camper neighbor said the campground had received a grant and would be addressing these issues soon. So, hopefully things will be much better in the future. Sorry, but we don’t intend to find out.
So, this morning we pulled out of Maynor Creek on our way to two glorious weeks at Gulf State Park. Then my sister texted me. She updated us about Hurricane Sally, and we promptly changed our reservation. We delayed our arrival at Gulf State Park until Friday. We will spend the next 5 nights at Paul B Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. We believe we will have lots of rain and wind, with the worst days being Tuesday and Wednesday. We plan to stay right here in our cozy camper. We’ve got plenty of food to eat, books to read, tv shows and movies to watch and Scrabble games to play.
Plus, I’ve got a post to write about a really great day in . . . oh, hold on a minute there. Good thing I stopped myself. You are just going to have to wait!
And while you are waiting, maybe you could say a little prayer for us – and all those who are in the storm’s path. Cuz I’m just a little bit scared.
Monday morning update: We’ve decided to go further north and back to Wallace Creek in Pope. We will stay there until Friday morning. I will still say a prayer for those in the path. Stay safe!