Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS & Bayou Segnette State Park, LA

A few days back we left the wonderful Bay Breeze RV park in Alabama, with more than one of the seasonal residents taking the time to come say good-bye, though they had known us less than three days.  One couple even brought us a departing gift of local gouda cheese Sweet Home Farm.  This gesture reinforced our belief that Bay Breeze is one of those truly special RV parks that we simply must come back to when our travels take us to the region.  We swung north towards Mobile in order to cross the bay and then west a couple of hours into Mississippi for a two night stop.

Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS:  $22 night for a spacious site with 50 amp electric and water hook ups, clean bath houses, fire pits, a very nice welcome/nature center and walking paths.  The ride in on wide well paved roads is quite easy, even for the big rigs, and all of the sites were paved.  That said, a number of the RV spots were oddly uneven, particularly in front to back pitch if not side to side roll.  We saw one motorhome that had gone through a bit of difficulty to achieve a level floor, having had to put their front leveling jacks up on a series of 4″x4″ blocks and then extend them all out.  While biking and easy trail hiking was nice, this was little more than a stopover for us, particularly since without a tow vehicle nothing was close enough to visit outside of the park.

Our spacious site, fire pit and picnic table below and behind, near the trail to the water

Our spacious site, fire pit and picnic table below and behind, near the trail to the water

Marsh gator pond, sans visible gators

Marsh gator pond, sans visible gators

A bit less foliage in the winter, but still beautiful

A bit less foliage in the winter, but still beautiful

Bayou Segnette State Park, LA:  Simply fantastic.  Just like the Mississippi park above, this one was only $22 a night, but also included free laundry machines (very rare) and sometimes sorta working park wide wifi.  If you have transport, this is an ideal location to visit NOLA, as you can take your ride up to Algiers Point, park in public transportation there, and for $2 a person take the ferry across right to the French Quarter landing.  This will save you untold misery trying to drive and park in downtown New Orleans.  If you don’t have a tow vehicle or friends to drive you around, this is still a very nice park and one of the best values we have come across, and in the summer includes a pool and water park as well.

Our very large spot

Our very large spot

Nice short boardwalk trails

Nice short boardwalk trails

We didn't see a lot of wildlife, just evidence of their stay

We didn’t see a lot of wildlife, just evidence of their stay

Bad Kitty Sold!

I mentioned some months back that we had made great initial progress in selling off our major items (condo, reef aquarium, etc) but had been stymied in our ability to sell our cars. My white hatchback Saab sold in December, but Bad Kitty, Rosie’s electric blue convertible Saab 9-3 Aero was getting lots of queries but no legit buyer.  After months of slowly lowering the price, week by week, we were forced to dump off the car and all paperwork with Xavier, who agreed to show it and act as our selling agent.  Through January and part of February we had plenty of flirtations, including three potential buyers maintaining frequent contact after they had taken it for a test drive, but we still had no actual offers.  I had just made arrangements for my son Jackson to come down to Miami and bring Bad Kitty back to Central Florida, which would alleviate the burden on Xavier and expose the car to a new market, when it sold a day before he was scheduled to pick her up. Top down driver

Hard lesson learned: You may get a great price on a salvage/rebuilt title car, as I feel we did, but when it is time to resell it you have a very narrow market of people willing to purchase a rebuilt titled car.  It’s a bit of shame that Bad Kitty is not a suitable tow vehicle, as she would require a tow dolly to get the drive wheels off the ground.  Ah well… time to hunt down a Jeep!  Any advice on that appreciated…