Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Biloxi, Mississippi Trip, 2016 -- Day Three

Excitement!! Today I got to do something I've never done before! We're going for a ride on an air-boat!
The day started with a nice, light breakfast at the Hard Rock Grill. Ugh...I've had too much food in the last couple of days. We both needed something light.

After breakfast we were off to find Moss Point, Mississippi, which was pretty easy since all these little towns just run into each other along Hwy. 90.  It took about 30 minutes to get to the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and Tours. 
 If you want to see alligators, this is the place to go.  They have 105 acres here, and there are a bunch of grown alligators living right up near their building.  Some really big ones, too!
 They have about 5 different cages with babies in different stages of growth. They try to save them when they hatch because the older gators will eat the babies, so they move them along in these cages until they are old enough to fend for themselves.
There's a protected walkway through part of the swamp to the boat ramp, with plenty of gators on each side.  You can feed them along the way, and John did. 

 Some of the teenage gators getting ready to be released to their swamp soon.
Then we boarded the airboat! The ride was a little over 30 minutes, and we had a ball. Some fast speeding through the swamp and some slow trolling to feed gators. They give the gators marshmallows (can that be good for them?) to get them to come out - they seemed to love them!

That was so much fun! After our tour, we got in the car and took a ride along Highway 90 back up toward Pass Christian, just leisurely taking in the sites. Then we stopped for lunch at Pelican's Wharf. Good seafood again!
 Back at the hotel, we walked along the pool area by the bay to enjoy the sunset.  Just gorgeous!  There's a pelican on the top of each of those dock posts, but it's hard to see here.  The dock is roped off because it's in really bad shape.  I guess they don't use it anymore, but the birds sure do.

 Then we walked out front so I could get a picture of the big, neon Hard Rock sign!
 We had supper at the Hard Rock Cafe, but I forgot to take pictures.  Instagram fail!  Tomorrow we're off to Louisiana!

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