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Old 11-26-2016, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I will be on base in Gulfport next summer (beginning of August) for about 2 months. I know it's not until next summer, but is there any hiking or adventurous stuff to do in/near Gulfport? Or any outdoor recreation stores? I see Desoto National Forest is relatively close. How far is it? Being that I won't have a car, how long of a taxi ride is it? Reasonable?
Any other recommendations on cool outdoor things to do would be helpful! Thanks!
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:55 PM
 
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Gulfport is on the coast. Not a lot of hiking going on there
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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I really don't think you have a CLUE as to where you're headed. Maybe you should 'drive' around, on GoogleMap, a bit.

The climate is brutal. The beginning of August is the absolute worst time, too. You may not feel like doing anything. Frankly, people die from the heat, down there. Right along the coast (and I'm talking about yards, here - not miles), there's a nice breeze, which keeps things bearable. Rich people from the rest of the state used to build houses right on the coast, to take advantage of that breeze. But then, electric fans came along, and screening became commonplace for windows, and people no longer had to make it to that microclimate, in order to survive Mississippi's horrible summers. And anyway, organized crime took over the coast, and so nice people found other places for summering.

The countryside's not a safe area, either. Lots of druggies cooking meth, out in the woods, and no-telling-what-else. The people are scroungy-at-best, except for a very few elite Catholics and Episcopalians, whom you'll NEVER get a chance to meet.

Gulfport IS near Louisiana's Lake Ponchartrain, which is a great place for boating. The Northshore is where the nice people of the New Orleans metro area live. They're kind and polite (people in 'Da City' are mean and rude: Miami-rude, even, which is ruder than New Yorkers ever thought about being). Mandeville is right on the water, and has nice bars and restaurants serving nice clientele. There are two nudist camps on the Northshore. I've never been, but Mississippi swingers who've tried to 'recruit' us, have been telling us tales, for decades.

Floating the Tangipahoah is a big thing, in August. Tangipahoa River Kayaks | Tangipahoa River Tubing | Outdoor Activities Louisiana

And deep sea boat excursions are popular, both from Mississippi's coast, and from the southernmost extremity of South Louisiana. https://www.google.com/search?q=sout...i:2,lf_pqs:EAE

You can take boats out the barrier islands off Mississippi's coast. Supposedly, they're beautiful. But they're uninhabited, and so that's only a day-trip.

Me, I'd rent a car (Enterprise will come pick you up...). Cabs, in Mississippi, are expensive, and awful. Uber may be better... Then, I'd head for Florida's Santa Rosa Island, which has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

And whatever you do, don't TOUCH the nasty water along Mississippi's coast - particularly if you're immunocompromised (from heat stress, lack of sleep, too much sugar, meds, booze, sunburn...). Flesh-eating bacteria could cause you to lose your extremities (it happens, all too often).

Closer to the base, people hang out by the pool, in August, or hit the gym. Scummy types ride around the woods on ATVs, which they consider to be 'recreation'. There are bicycle clubs in Mississippi, which appeal to the top 1% of the population. Cycling alone, is hazardous to your health, as the 99% may use you for hit-and-run target practice.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:03 PM
 
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The coolest outdoor adventure-oriented activities would be kayaking out to Horn Island or along the various rivers that feed into the gulf.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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You said "on base" and "Gulfport", so I'm assuming NCBC and not Keesler.

Unfortunately, with no car I'm afraid you'll be in for a miserable two months.

Heat: GvG's post is somewhat of an exaggeration, but it has basis in reality. The Mississippi coast is abysmally hot and humid unless you are within a few hundred yards of the beach. And the beaches are inside the barrier islands which trap sediment and block waves, so don't expect any clear blue waters or surfing.

Travel: Welcome to Conservative Mississippi, where the car is king and public transportation is seen as a form of welfare. There is a bus system (https://coasttransit.com/), but it's basically a way to travel east-west along the coastline. There are taxis, but I don't know how expensive. If you won't have a car I suggest getting a bicycle and learning some serious defensive peddling techniques to avoid cars. If you've got time off and want to explore I suggest researching the best deals at rental car locations. Some have really inexpensive options for weekend rentals; much less than a cab.

Hiking: The MS coast, and especially Gulfport, is all about industry (shipbuilding and imports) and Casinos. Eco-tourists generally go elsewhere. There are a few parks and natural areas here and there, but nothing very close to Gulfport. There are canoe/kayak rentals on the Wolf River with a shuttle (you'll still have to drive to the start point). There are a few pleasant longer trails in Desoto, but again getting there is a problem. Renting a car for the weekend would be the best option.

Water: If you want to experience clear water and waves you'll have to take the ferry out to Ship Island (BRING SUNSCREEN AND WATER!!!), or else drive to Alabama to Dauphin Island. Driving a little farther (or taking the ferry) will get you to Gulf Shores, aka the "Redneck Riviera". Here you will also find more natural areas with hiking opportunities.
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Old 11-28-2016, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
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GvG's post is somewhat of an exaggeration,



Do yourself a favor kid, don't believe anything this flake from tree hugging, backwoods, mentally deprived OR says. Trust me, she is probably her only fan, and is the only one that believes the quasi eloquently written diatribe crap she try's to peddle in MS posts. She actually thinks she's smart and wise, and knows just about everything when it comes to the subject of MS, but she's nothing more than a troll annoyance that cant contribute anything to the OR forum so she spreads her cancer here...of course, what of anything worth talking about is happening in that cloud of cannabis called OR. What a weird state with weird inhabitants...when CA falls in the ocean, I hope it takes OR with it.
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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GvG's post is somewhat of an exaggeration,



Do yourself a favor kid, don't believe anything this flake from tree hugging, backwoods, mentally deprived OR says. Trust me, she is probably her only fan, and is the only one that believes the quasi eloquently written diatribe crap she try's to peddle in MS posts. She actually thinks she's smart and wise, and knows just about everything when it comes to the subject of MS, but she's nothing more than a troll annoyance that cant contribute anything to the OR forum so she spreads her cancer here...of course, what of anything worth talking about is happening in that cloud of cannabis called OR. What a weird state with weird inhabitants...when CA falls in the ocean, I hope it takes OR with it.
Indeed, "kid", why should you choose to believe someone who'd move to this terrible place (https://www.pinterest.com/lamaisonet...oswego-oregon/), when we could have remained in Mississippi?

I don't want to be bossy or condescending, mibiloxi, but possibly, you should learn when it's appropriate to use the word, 'that', and when to use the word, 'who'. Also, when you wrote, 'try's', did you mean 'tries'? Too, please note that there's an apostrophe in the word, 'can't'. I hope you'll appreciate the spirit of kindhearted helpfulness with which these suggestions were written!

But thank you for your critique. It led me to realize that I was remiss, in not linking to information which a visitor to the Coast might find enlightening.

To get in that 'Miss'ippi Gulf Coast Mood', nothing could be better than Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth', set in fictional St. Cloud, Mississippi, around 1960: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybbP_21wes The '62 version has Paul Newman, the great Geraldine Page, and the incomparable Madeleine Sherwood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIJG_mSmYAo, while Broadway productions, and later film versions, are free to hint at what really happened to Chance Wayne. And yes: there really were 'bosses', who ran everything, mostly with a brutality and ruthlessness which dwarfs what's shown in the film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OEP37sgxH0

And that leads me to a couple of must-read books: https://www.amazon.com/Mississippi-M.../dp/1439186650 and https://www.amazon.com/Fall-House-Ze...XZWCFRCCBPRMV6

Then, there are the health concerns: Raw oysters can harbor flesh eating bacteria - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi Raw oysters can harbor flesh eating bacteria - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi But don't worry. There are hospitals: Jackson Jambalaya: Judges accused of misconduct in Singing River case. This is a BIG scandal, mostly because, while the money is gone, nobody is really doing anything about it.
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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Plan to rent a car for some of the weekends. It would be miserable to be stuck on the Seabee base for two months. Being stuck on the CRTC or Keesler would be slightly better as you would be in walking distance of a few off base establishments.

Best option, drive your POV or try to talk your unit into putting a rental car on your orders (I know, a hard sale).
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:15 AM
 
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Now hold on here. I'm an old reefer smoker from way back (not now, but don't mind if others have a toke). I've tripped 100's of times, eat a basically vegan diet, never saw a tree that didn't deserve a hug, and consider myself more liberal than anyone on the planet. I'm also from Mississippi and still have all of my marbles (138 IQ last time I was tested), thank you very much. The comments on this member could be construed as a personal attack, or simply pointing out the obvious. Depends on which side of the fence someone is on. I won't get on either side, but will say that in the South, civility and manners are highly prized, and when we stray from them we're no better than the Yankees. I understand that sometimes one just has to tell it like it is, but let's not drag a whole lot of other people down into the dirt when objecting to one individual. No one likes a know it all smart a** either, especially when they actually know nothing. Not hard to figure out to whom (who?) that is in reference to either.

The only thing I agreed with on the person of question's post was that the op wasn't very familiar with the area they were going to. I don't understand that either, because if they had a computer to get on this forum, then they had access to web searches and could see that their scheme wasn't going to work.

Yep, rent a car, or do more things that the area allows, given the heat, the geography, and the almost total lack of public transportation. There's always Uber for getting on and off the base cheaply, and the coastline is nice. There's a mall, restaurants, stuff like that that, and you can get to them on the bus. Greyhound will take you over to New Orleans for little money (pretty scary over there now w/ the crazy out of control crime, but if you're careful, the French Quarter is a neat place to visit) and the Dirty Dawg will get you over to where I am in St Pete, Fl, which is a fun place too. So invest a little money in some fun excursions to see some areas that actually have public transportation to get you around. If you go North from the Mississippi coast, in my opinion, you are going into the woods and all that goes w/ that. Best to hang w/ stuff that's on the coast. You're going to meet a completely different type of people.

Not knowing any better, we swam in that water on the coast all the time and ate plenty of raw oysters, and at 65 I'm healthy as a horse.

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Old 11-30-2016, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
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Indeed, "kid", why should you choose to believe someone who'd move to this terrible place (https://www.pinterest.com/lamaisonet...oswego-oregon/), when we could have remained in Mississippi?

I don't want to be bossy or condescending, mibiloxi, but possibly, you should learn when it's appropriate to use the word, 'that', and when to use the word, 'who'. Also, when you wrote, 'try's', did you mean 'tries'? Too, please note that there's an apostrophe in the word, 'can't'. I hope you'll appreciate the spirit of kindhearted helpfulness with which these suggestions were written!

But thank you for your critique. It led me to realize that I was remiss, in not linking to information which a visitor to the Coast might find enlightening.

To get in that 'Miss'ippi Gulf Coast Mood', nothing could be better than Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth', set in fictional St. Cloud, Mississippi, around 1960:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybbP_21wes The '62 version has Paul Newman, the great Geraldine Page, and the incomparable Madeleine Sherwood.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIJG_mSmYAo, while Broadway productions, and later film versions, are free to hint at what really happened to Chance Wayne. And yes: there really were 'bosses', who ran everything, mostly with a brutality and ruthlessness which dwarfs what's shown in the film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OEP37sgxH0

And that leads me to a couple of must-read books: https://www.amazon.com/Mississippi-M.../dp/1439186650 and https://www.amazon.com/Fall-House-Ze...XZWCFRCCBPRMV6

Then, there are the health concerns: Raw oysters can harbor flesh eating bacteria - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi Raw oysters can harbor flesh eating bacteria - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi But don't worry. There are hospitals: Jackson Jambalaya: Judges accused of misconduct in Singing River case. This is a BIG scandal, mostly because, while the money is gone, nobody is really doing anything about it.


I can't thank you enough for the grammar corrections, how embarrassing, especially coming from myself who resides in such a literary genius state.
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