Monday, August 31, 2020

Driving for Sanity

In late March, we packed a few diabetic-friendly snacks and went for an extended drive, the first of regular "sanity" drives. Even though things have opened up a bit in our community, the old normal is evidently long gone.

Travel, whether near or far, is essential to our well being, especially now.

Castle on the beach 

The exotic looking structure above was on a Gulf of Mexico beachfront just east of our town. My curiosity about the new structure, its owners and its story has yet to be satisfied. Don't you think it looks empty and a bit unloved?

Hubby relishes being behind the wheel and lately we both have enjoyed exploring roads that we never or rarely navigate in our usual routines. 

Rural roads and small communities north of our community are rich with satisfying experiences.

"Y'all" was a sure sign we were still in the Deep South. 

A lengthy drive down a rural road with few houses and lots of wooded acreage took us to a dead-end with a gated drive. A warning sign  imparted a clear message with a dash of humor.

That buzzard looks ready to feast on anyone who ignores that sign.

On one drive with snacks gone and appetites calling for lunch, we found a Taco Bell in a small town and joined the long line for drive-through orders. 

We retreated to a shady parking spot and chowed down on our fast-food feast. Ah . . . guilty pleasures.

Hubby and I enjoy Front Beach.

In May, we got one more visit to our town's Front Beach beside the Mississippi Sound. It was just a few days before the mayor ordered the beaches closed. Beaches are back open now, but temperatures are soaring.

Mississippi heat and humidity are limiting our travel right now to destinations with air conditioning or locations at cooler elevations!



  1. The castle...I have never seen one like it! It almost looks like cardboard! But you saw some real fun sites! Glad you are both well and goin gon outings!

  2. That certainly is an interesting house, a definite one of a kind. I am glad that you are out and about so I assume you were lucky and the hurricanes missed your area. It has been a year of wild weather all over.

  3. That castle does not even look real...looks like a big doll house. I sure would like to see inside and know the story behind it.

    Your drives sounds like fun...

  4. My curiosity bumpers always killing me wanting to know who what where when why and how they built that castle on the beach. Glad you could get out and head to the beaches and do some fun things. It's amazing how getting out helps so much. The past three days we've taken big boy for a ride because he can no longer walk. Since the last you were at my blog big boy has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and is very sick. That said it's so much fun to get out of the house and ride. We park in the park and he watches the people walk by. Good to see you pop up and hope all is well

  5. That castle looked cardboard to me also.
    Isn't it amazing how just going for a drive makes everything briefly seem normal? Car trips are real sanity savers.
    Stay safe and well.

  6. Oh Linda, I am so glad to see you back on the blog. I have been so concerned, especially with the hurricane going through your neck of the woods. You make me happy to know that you are out and about. That's so important for all of us...(especially those of us that are "of a certain age" )haha...California is so locked up that we all feel like we are prisoners...Our Govenor doesn't make a whole lot of us happy. politics!!
    Driving with our son and family next week to Las Vegas. Our Granddaughter is getting married..she has lived there and works as a desk mgr in a posh hotel. We are so excited to be there and we love the wonderful guy she is marrying. He's in prison ministry called God Behind Bars.
    Will post photos when we return.

  7. Going for a drive from time to time, helps keep me sane, even during our long cold winters.

  8. What an interesting structure. It looks as though it was made of cardboard. And I got a chuckle out of that sign with the buzzard on it.