Mayhem and Madness while Meandering to Mississippi

March 6, 2015 (by Angela)

Have you ever had a day that was filled with stress, family drama, getting news that was not so good, and yet, when you look back at the day, it was really a wonderful one?  That was our day today.

Jim and I meandered across the bulk of the Alabama Gulf Coast counties and most of the Mississippi Gulf Coast counties until we arrived at Buccaneer State Park. The entrance to the park is simply across the road from the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the entrance to our home for the next month.

This is the entrance to our home for the next month.

This is what is directly across the road from the park entrance: the Gulf of Mexico

This is what is directly across the road from the park entrance: the Gulf of Mexico.

Quite a bit happened between getting up this morning and finally settling in to have dinner in the RV this evening. I think I’ll try to explain the day using words and phrases with bullet points. See if you can follow along.

  • Had to put air in all of the trailer and truck tires
  • Got a call from our storage unit to come check for water damage – kind of hard to do when about 600 miles away
  • Combo of cold weather and hard-headed hubby equaled a broken latch to hold underneath door up
  • Didn’t get the antennae down all the way – pulled over on side of I-10 to address
  • Had to extend our lunch break at a rest stop for Jim to take a work call for the job he starts on Monday
  • Stress of the first back-in RV site and getting into it
  • Discovered that either while going over a very steep railroad crossing or while backing into the site, the outside light under the front of the 5th wheel was broken
  • Our 25-foot water hose is 3 feet too short – must go to town and get another 25 feet of potable hose
  • Discovering that we’ve missed 6 family phone calls and 3 text messages while getting the RV parked and set up
  • Family drama initiated by my mother over a TV, drama that was not worth the hours of stress and numbers of phone calls and text messages it generated, finally resolved
  • To tired for anything else but Taco Bell for dinner
  • Hubby too tired to do a couple of work-related tasks without a nap

Now, despite these nuggets that give a bit of insight into the stresses and challenges of the day, it was a great day. Jim and I were together, and we worked through all of this together. I’d bought an air compressor, so we were able to air up the tires. Because I usually follow, we caught the antennae issue before it was really a problem. If there is water damage in our storage unit, which houses those few things we deemed too important and dear to sell or give away, there is nothing we can do about it now. What’s done, is done; when we get back up to Tennessee, we’ll deal with it then.  Jim and I learned lessons about backing into sites, and we are thankful for the beautiful park we get to live in for a month or so. Those things broken today can be replaced. The issue of the not enough water hose is already resolved. Taco Bell was good enough, and Jim is getting a bit of nap to aid in getting his second wind.

It was a great day because everyone in our family is well; our travels were safe, and the drive through Mississippi was amazing with sunshine and no rain.  We have a lovely place to live for now, and Jim has work to go to on Monday. Jim and I enjoyed our travel today; we even had an impromptu picnic at a rest area off I-10 east of the Pascagoula River bridge, and he and I get to enjoy a beautiful day together tomorrow.

Picnic near Pascagoula Bridge, MS - on our way to our campground

Picnic near Pascagoula Bridge, MS – on our way to our campground

Chewie enjoying being out of the car at the rest area

Chewie enjoying being out of the car at the rest area

Life is good, and we are blessed. Mayhem and madness didn’t leave an ugly mark on our day as we meandered to Mississippi and Buccaneer State Park.

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