After Pensacola, we continued west to the Shields Park FAM Campground in Gulfport, Mississippi. We arrived 24 April and departed on the 1st of May. I’d not realized that such a large military installation existed in Gulfport. This installation is the home of the Navy SeaBees, it has a decent size Base Exchange and Commissary. They have two sections to their campground, the original section which is just inside the Pass Road Gate. The other recently opened section, with all back-in sites, is at the opposite end of the base a few miles away. We stayed in the older section in a pull-thru 50amp full hookup site.
We enjoyed our stay, there is a bit of noise as there is an active fire department and an active train crossing not too far from this location. The newer section is likely quieter.
While there we visited the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies, which is located near Gulfport. It was a worthwhile tour and you can book your visit on-line. They had various marine mammals including sea turtles, dolphins. Also some reptiles, such as alligators and snakes, as well as some exotic birds they had rescued.
We also went out on a shrimp boat trip, it was an educational short boat ride while dragging a shrimp net. The skippy then pulled up the net and explained the contents and provided a great deal of information on the shrimp industry.
We also visited the Hard Rock Casino in nearby Biloxi, it was Stephanie’s first visit to a casino and I’d not been in one since maybe 1979 in Las Vegas. So we wandered around a bit, decided to apply for Players Cards and received a $10 playing credit. They had a contest going where every hour they would draw a name at random, from the active player’s cards, and that person had 5 minutes to claim their prize. So naturally Stephanie inserted her player’s card in a penny slot machine, played about 12 cents worth and her name was announced! She drew a prize from a basket and it was a $100 playing credit! She is such a lucky lady!
So she played a bit more and we decided to come back, she had 24 hours to use the credit. So the next day we came back and she managed to walk away with $50 in winnings. I, on the other hand, had no luck and left a few dollars there.
We enjoyed our time in Gulfport, next stop River View Park Campground across the Mississippi from Natchez.