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Winter Wanderings Day #13, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL, Ocean Springs Beach, Davis Bayou Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs, MS

Saturday, it was rainy and 34 degrees in Gulf Shores. The weather on the Gulf Coast had, certainly, not been our friend, except for our one 60 degree day at Gulf State Park for which, we were so grateful. We left the park, making a stop at the fabulous Gulf Coast owned, Rouses Grocery, where we bought groceries for the week and a king cake, because we could not resist the festive display. We hit the road west toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mississippi would be our 20th state to have camped in. We were excited to be adding a state sticker to our travel map in the van.

We used bringfido.com, as we often do, to find a dog friendly beach near our campground destination in Ocean Springs, MS. We parked Happy right on Ocean Springs’ Front Beach Dr. close to the yacht club. There were beautiful historic and newer homes, overlooking the beach. There was heavy use along the really nice Front Beach Walking Path, used by walkers, runners, dogs, and cyclists, but we walked in the sand by the shore. We had great views of the Biloxi Bay Bridge, Deer Island, and the Mississippi Sound. There were fun, concrete, bonfire pits along the beach, every so often, as we walked. Halfway down the beach was a fishing pier. Across the street was Fort Marpaus Park with shade covered playground, splash pad, and nature preserve. The whole stretch of beach was an impressive, city enhancement project. What we saw of Ocean Springs, we liked. The charming, historic, beach downtown had quaint cottages, restaurants, galleries, and shops. I looked forward to exploring more in the next few days.

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