Day Seventeen: Getting to the gulf

We left Vicksburg fairly early for us out of a hotel… we knew we had some driving to do but it wasn’t going to be our longest day yet. We weren’t exactly sure how time would work out and if we were going to stay in Pensacola Beach or stay in Mobile so we just pointing the Mazda southeast and started surfing maps and websites.

We took a pit stop in Hattiesburg, MI after stopping through a visitor center – it’s actually a really nice old town. Apparently it was the first of it’s kind in the south to have a formal Police department and academy.. it is still well respected and accredited to this day making it a pretty safe place to hang your hat I suppose.

We walked the historic downtown area and got some lunch at Brownstone’s Cajun Bistro. They sat us on the 2nd floor balcony and we had the entire place to ourselves (it was 2:30.. lunch rush was gone). I ordered traditional jambalaya and loaded potatoes and Whitney had the crab cake sandwich. Both of which were the best examples of said dishes we’ve ever had. The crab cake was awesome. The server was a great conversation as well as we had time to kick back for a while. We learned of his living in Oregon for a while and what a change that was being indigenous to MI – he still loves OR, but MI has his calling for now.¬†The girls thought¬†he was hilarious too – which for Lily, is saying something!

Before we headed out, we checked out the owner’s personal collection of autographed guitars from a number of famous rockers from the 60s to now.

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On the way back to the car, we stopped into “Southern Fried Comics” as we know somebody who would have appreciated some cool local swag – but unfortunately, this store was all comic, no local.

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Back on the road, Whitney found a KOA in “Lillian” Alabama – wrong spelling, but we figured we had to stay there. It’s a good thing we did. When we arrived they said they had tent sites right on the water…. SOLD! After setting up camp, we still had time to take the girls to the salt water pool and enjoy the bay for a while.

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