Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Biloxi Bulletin

We finally arrived in Biloxi around 4 pm yesterday afternoon. I have to say, it is not what I expected. I knew the beaches were not going to be covered in sugar-white sand, with blue-green ocean water like the Gulf in Florida, but I did not expect to see so much damage still left over from Hurricane Katrina. It is crazy to see what Katrina did to Biloxi. And, it looks like many of the restaurants, attractions, and etc. that were standing when Katrina hit, are still being re-built and/or renovated. You can tell that Biloxi lost a lot when the disaster hit (almost) four years ago. There are some parts of Biloxi that remind me of Savannah, and I can definitely see this place being a huge tourist attraction in the next 2-3 years with all of the beautiful and new condominium towers and casinos being built. With all of that being said, I am still so happy to be here on vacation with my family. It's like my mom said last night, "We're here to make the best out of a bad situation." So true. I'm just trying to treasure every minute I spend with my dad before we say goodbye to him Saturday. Sunday will be a long and depressing ride home, but in the meantime, we are planning a trip to the Beau Rivage either tomorrow or Friday night. I absolutely cannot wait! I have never gambled before, so I'm sure I will be spending plenty of time at the slot machines. Oh well. As long as I have a Mai Thai in my hand I will be a happy girl. Let the bank-rolling begin!

About to head to the beach. I have my ipod loaded up, and a new book, Firefly Lane, in hand. Ahhhhh.....I love vacay.