I could tell you a million things I love about Biloxi!
McElroy’s! BEST place to eat! Order the crab claws, trust me!!
The amazing beach…
Oh, and there’s a lighthouse! In the middle of the street!!
So, why entitle this Disaster Biloxi? It all happened last year. My planned on a budget trip broke me! It was a well planned trip to start with. My gps says 11 hours, but I can easily make it in 9. Darla has been so many times, she pretty much drives herself, but once she got there, she got sick.
It was my birthday trip. I’d saved a little more than normal and my daughter had never been before. There were a number of things I couldn’t wait to show her! I found a good deal (I thought) at Harrah’s casino hotel. I’m not a gambler, but the pool area was amazing and I’d worked hard on my bikini body. I didn’t want to do anything, but relax! I booked my hotel online. It was my first and last time ever using Travelocity.
So, no issues down. We were welcomed by a stunning Gulfport sunrise. I always try to plan to be on 90 just as the sun is coming up. Everything glows with a soft yellow hue… It’s breathtaking!
We had breakfast at a Waffle House, our servers name was Hollie. I don’t see my name spelled like that very often, so we had a nice talk about that. We laughed about how there’s a Waffle House on almost every corner. We left there and headed to the hotel. Went in, changed, and were out! We messed around a bit, I showed her some sites and we went to lunch at McElroy’s. All was great! We were pretty sleepy and had big plans to take a boat ride out to Ship Island the next day, so it was an early evening.
The next day, just as we were leaving to get on the boat, it happened. Darla wouldn’t start! My husband’s a mechanic and while he doesn’t always get to things right when I ask, he usually keeps her running pretty good. Conveniently, there was a garage right across the street.
I walked down and the guy said he’d be up to help. He brought an old beater truck and a tow rope. Should’ve been my first clue. He’d have to check it out, blah blah might be this, might be that. Took forever!!! Long story short, day pretty much ruined by having to stay at the hotel and miss Ship Island and $293 to change my battery!!!
This was NOT in my budget!!! We tried to make the best of our trip after that and did for the most part until I checked out. “That’ll be $160.” Excuse me??? “I think you’re confused, I paid online.” “No, you made a deposit online.” Holy crap!!
After that, we decided to head home. I stopped to fill up in Hattiesburg. The gas was really cheap and Darla’s pretty particular, so when she started to stutter, I assumed it was the gas. About a block away, she lost power. I managed to get her going and found an AutoZone.
I don’t know what you think of the residents of Hattiesburg, but I’ll tell you, they are my angels!! Bless their gentle southern hearts!! For 4 hours, various men tried to figure out what was wrong. One of them offered to let me drive his truck home, another offered the dinner his wife had made. “She’ll bake you a cake, too. Nobody deserves to be in tears on their birthday!”
The final diagnosis was she was reading about 20 codes. After they were cleared she was “fine”. She wasn’t! Somehow God and my backseat angel got me home only to find out my battery cables were never tightened down. That probably explains why the garage owner gave me 5 business cards. He most likely never expected me to get out of Biloxi.
So, here I sit wondering where I’ll go for my birthday this year. I’ll always love the Gulf! It’s like home to me! I consider last year as nothing more than a bad experience, but pretty sure I’ll not go south this time! I know I’m truly blessed to have had as many great travels as I have… Guess they can’t all be wonderful.