Waveland, MS

I am not sure if Waveland has made the national news as a result of the oil spill but it certainly did after Hurricane Katrina.  Waveland was ground zero for the hurricane in MS.  We live about 5 miles north of Waveland and decided to take a trip down there to see the effects of the oil spill.

We were extremely shocked on one hand and pleasantly surprised on another.

As we drove down the beach road we were shocked at how much recovery still remained to be accomplished almost 5 years after the hurricane.

The road we drove on would have been exciting for a 4-wheeler but in our SUV we had to go very slowly.  This is a photo of the GOOD part of the road, most of it did not have concrete or asphalt at all and was very bumpy.

It was also disheartening to see how many houses had been washed away and all that still remains are the pilings.

However, right across the street is the Gulf of Mexico and the beautiful sand beach.

The crews had been out early today scraping and raking the sand trying to keep up with the daily deposits of oil patties.  They had done a fantastic job and the beach was pristine.

There were a couple of new additions to the beach front-a memorial honoring those serving in the military and a beautiful pier that stretches a quarter mile into the Gulf.

This is the memorial for the military.  Each side displays a plaque for a different branch of the service.

Behind the memorial is a place for disposal of old American flags.

The pier is absolutely stunning.  You can drive a vehicle on it for about a tenth of a mile and then walk the rest of the way.

The house in the background is where you pay to walk all the way to the end of the pier.  It is a beautiful sight to behold.

It was a very interesting trip and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, however, I hope the road is complete when we go down there again!

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