We had such big plans. We had 2 whole weeks in Gulf State Park. We had our bikes, our swimming suits, our paddle ball, our sun screen. We were ready for fun.
Yep. We had a real nice time driving around Mississippi. We spent our first night at Wallace Creek in Pope. Then we spent 2 nights near Laurel which was great. On the morning of the day we were to arrive at Gulf State Park, we changed our plans. Instead of Gulf State Park, we went to Paul B. Johnson State Park in Hattiesburg. We thought this would be far enough north to be out of the hurricane’s path. However, after one night, the forecast was updated to include Hattiesburg in the hurricane’s path. Yikes! So, we headed back to Wallace Creek in Pope for the next 4 nights. We made a nice big circle, just not the same one we routed out so many months ago.
The longer we were at Wallace Creek, the less likely it seemed we’d be going to the Gulf. We planned to leave there on Friday and head south, but Thursday, Gulf State Park notified us that they were giving us our money back. The Park was closing for the next 10 days to recover from the hurricane.
We did enjoy our days at Wallace Creek. It is a beautiful Corps of Engineer campground. I enjoyed that pretty bench most every morning at sunrise. We walked the different loops, giving us 10,000 steps for 3 of the days. We watched Jeopardy every day. Our camper neighbor brought over a bag of tomatoes from her garden at home. The weather was beautiful, much cooler than the first part of our week, and we never did see a drop of rain.
With our plans definitely given the kabosh on Thursday, we decided we’d head back home a week early. But we did decide to stop in and visit Dan’s brother in Dyersburg, Tennessee on Friday as we headed home. Bill had lost his wife of 40+ years about six months ago. We spent a couple hours with him and had a nice visit.
We ended our trip by staying at Perryville campground for 2 nights. While this campground is kind of like a typical KOA, it did allow us to have a leisurely visit with Bill. This campground has a walking trail connection to the Perry County Community Lake which is a Missouri Department of Conservation area. The trail is 4.4 miles, and we walked it on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The campground also had a rock/country music band in the pavilion on Saturday night. It was a very nice place, and we enjoyed our time there. You can read my review here.
We’re back home now. Glad to be safe, but to be honest, a bit disappointed. I do know others have suffered so much more. I say my prayers for them, and remind myself to focus on all that I have and to be grateful. In the grand scheme of things, changing our trip plans is nothing!
We will reschedule. We are thinking maybe in the Spring, God willing.
We bought a travel trailer, so we could see this beautiful country and have adventures. And that is exactly what we did. Safe travels to all!