What the Gulf Coast means to me
I spent the past few days visiting the gulf coast of Mississippi, right next to Bay Saint Louis. This place is significant for my family in that my grandmother and all five of her siblings live within three square blocks of each other. My grandfather grew up down the road from my grandmother in the same town as well. We walked by his high school next to the town of Bay Saint Louis.
I began taking these pictures of my visit to the gulf coast of Mississippi just hoping to remember my stay with my grandma. Once I realized how many I had, and more importantly, how many I wanted to keep, I knew I would have to split this blog post into two. So, this part one is about Bay Saint Louis and the significance of this town to me. The second part will be about seeing my grandma for the first time since my wedding three years ago.
The Stairs Leading to Nowhere
If you ever visit the Mississippi gulf coast, you will see this. You will see certain lots that appear vacant, but then have a slab of cement, or stairs that lead to nowhere. This was everywhere after Hurricane Katrina. I remember walking along one slab and I could still see the tile they had on their floors. It’s chilling, really. The area has been rebuilt many times, but Katrina was particularly devastating. The new construction is truly magnificent, but there are still stairs leading to nowhere. After Hurricane Zeta passed through a few months ago, there are some missing screens on porches, roof shingles, and a few windows. Generally, it has fared well, and the new homes and buildings are truly stunning.
A day visiting Bay Saint Louis
My first day, I began with a run down the beach. It was flat, not too windy, and beautiful. I knew I would have to slow down to really capture it. So, then next day, we started off with a long walk along the beach. The sand is bright, soft, and there is no shortage of it. On one side of us was this beautiful, vast beach. On the other side, there was beautiful new southern style homes looking right out to it. Below, I’ll share with you some of my favorite homes we saw and what was special about them.