April 19, 2022 Pensacola, FL to Bay St. Louis, MS

The temps got down as low as 49 last night so when we woke up we were quick to turn on the heat and the fireplace to warm things up a bit. That’s also when the heated floors come in handy. Bob called a special board meeting before we left Palmetto that he would attend by phone at 8:30 AM our time, so I hung out and prepared the bus to leave when the meeting was over. It lasted about 30 minutes and then we got ready to go. Our drive today was only 144 miles, so we didn’t have to be on the road too early. We left Florida and crossed over into Alabama for about 70 miles.

We went about 9 miles from the campground before stopping at a Rest Area so Bob could make a phone call regarding Co-op business. We were back on the road in less than 10 minutes. We had sun, 64 degrees, and traffic wasn’t very heavy. It was still a little chilly as we drove west toward Mobile, Alabama. We had to pass through a tunnel that runs under the Mobile River as we neared the city. Imagine driving a 40′ motorhome through this tunnel.

When we exited the tunnel, we could see the Mobile skyline in the distance from the bridge.

We could also see the USS Alabama sitting at the dock along the shore. We have taken a tour of the ship on a previous trip and it is an impressive sight.

We crossed the border into Mississippi around noon.

We noticed the price of gas was going down the farther west we traveled, but the cost of diesel stayed around $5/gal.

We have been checking our gas app to find cheap diesel in the area because we need to pick up fuel on Thursday. (What did we do before the Internet?) We turned off of I-10 onto Hwy 90 south which brought us into Bay St. Louis, a city along the coast.

We arrived at our destination for the next two nights, Hollywood Casino RV Park, at around 1:30.

The driveway brought us into a large parking lot where the casino was located. The RV Park is on the same grounds as the casino, but off to the side in a nice wooded area.

We pulled into the RV Park and stopped near the Office to check in.

Bob went up to the Office and found a note that said we had to call a number to check in. We called and were put on hold as the 25th call. While we were waiting, Bob waved down a security guard driving through the park who picked him up and took him to the casino to check in. Auggie and I stayed behind to take a walk while we waited for Bob to return. Auggie made friends with a cute little tan and white French Bulldog on our walk. When Bob returned, we disconnected the Jeep and drove the short distance to site #72. We had a pull-thru site even though we had planned to disconnect anyway because we wanted to explore the beach and the area around Bay St. Louis tomorrow.

We got settled in and relaxed a little while sitting in the sun with Auggie. We enjoyed the beautiful weather all afternoon. A few more RVs arrived before dinner, but the campground never filled up. We took our evening walk with Auggie and then relaxed with a little TV. Tomorrow would be our first day of sight-seeing on this trip. We are looking forward to checking out the area.

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