After we left Texas, we crossed into much greener, and wetter, country. We spent one night in Baton Rouge, hosted by a family with four boys through Wycliffe Associates and I think that Hunter would have wanted to stay for a week. But we had more states to cross. In one day, we drove through four states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and into Florida.

Great Uncle Paul and cousin Brandon

Great Uncle Paul and cousin Brandon

We had the pleasure of visiting with my great uncle Paul Drummond in Biloxi, MS. It’s been 17 years since I have seen him, last time when we visited the South to attend the Olympics in Atlanta. But time doesn’t matter with family and it was great to see his garden and catch up.
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

We have enjoyed four relaxing days in Pensacola, FL with the most gracious hosts, Mickel & Kristel Ramsey. Phillip and Mickel have been best friends since they were kids in Sacramento. They took us to see the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, the Historic Pensacola Village, and the Naval Aviation Museum on the Navy base where Kristel serves as a nurse. Hunter has had fun splashing around in their pool and playing with their little dog Sasha. It is wonderful to relax in one place for awhile and spend time with our dear friends.

Homemade shrimp étouffée by chef Kristel.

Homemade shrimp étouffée by chef Kristel.

Being in these four states has definitely been all about the food. Right before we left Texas, we decided we had to eat Texas BBQ and we stopped at the last exit before driving into Mississippi and had delicious BBQ at Jim’s BBQ, a place right off the highway – beef, ribs, sausage, fried catfish and the beans were best we ever had. Then on to delicious shrimp, oysters, crab and fish in Mississippi along with one of Phillip’s favorites, fried pickles. We also ate at Cracker Barrel for the first time ever – I tried the true Southern breakfast but didn’t like grits or gravy on my biscuits. Now Kristel has been feeding us so well with homemade shrimp ettouffe, chicken with red beans and rice. We have definitely been enjoying the great Southern cooking, hospitability and friendliness with everyone waving to us from their cars or saying hello on the street.

Tomorrow we trek through Georgia to end our trip with one last visit with my friend from college, Vanessa and her husband David. We’ll be with them on Thursday and Friday night and then journey a mere 3 hours through South Carolina and North Carolina to get to our new home. Thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes on Facebook.
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