I am not so good at participating in monthly challenges. I really like the idea of them, but while I generally start strong, I do not finish strong. Actually, by start strong, I mean I usually make it a couple of days and then I fall off the wagon. Generally because I forget what the prompts are. Now, I don’t want to jinx things or such, but lately I’ve been doing pretty well with at the very least thinking about the prompts from A.L.M. Writes, and I think that is because I had this major brain fart, which kind of went along the lines of, “Hey – print that list of prompts out and paste it in your Writer’s Notebook. That’s what it is for. Duh.” And since I’ve done that, every morning when I sit down to write, I am at the very least thinking about the prompt that is provided each day. Sometimes the prompt works for me and gives me a lot to think about. Sometimes I write what the prompt is and note that it isn’t doing anything for me. And other days, like when we were on the beach in Florida last week, I write for pages on the topic.
This morning’s topic was “Explore,” and it didn’t really do much for me to begin with. Then I started thinking about the fact that I had this very focused post to write tonight and that I needed to pull a rabbit out of the hat.
Then it hit me: Sweet Husband and I have lived here on the coast for almost exactly two and a half years. We have barely scratched the surface on all there is to do here. We spent a whole lot of time during our first year here attending concerts. I worked with a woman who gambled a lot at one of the local casinos and as a perk, she got free concert tickets. She wasn’t interested in the concerts, so she passed the tickets along to us. We’ve started attending things like Second Saturday in downtown Bay St. Louis (next weekend, yay!) and there are festivals that we never miss (Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival beginning tomorrow, anyone?) but beyond that, there is so much here that we have yet to know and do.
We have a ton of things here in our backyard to explore.
For instance, I have yet to make it to Beauvoir, the home of General Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. We’ve not been to the Walter Anderson Museum together. We haven’t made it to First Fridays either in Biloxi or at the brewery in the Kiln. I want to go to the Ohr Museum. And the Sandhill Crane Refuge. And the Gator Ranch (don’t laugh – it’s here. I wanna go). I am positive that there are a ton of things here to keep us busy for two and a half more years if we begin working our way through them now.
That’s what I’d like to do. I want to create a little Coastal Passport – something that lists the attraction, what it has going for it, why we want to see it, and the details about when it’s open, admission fees, etc. I’m sure that our local Chamber of Commerce can help me pull this together. I foresee this being something of say a monthly date opportunity for Sweet Husband and me.
And if we find that we are bored with the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there are plenty of places close to here for us to explore. We’ve just now begun to dip our toes into the wonder that is New Orleans – branching out beyond the typical and learning a bit more about her and her history. We were talking just the other day, due to noticing a Groupon for a Haunted History tour of Mobile, that neither one of us really knows much about Mobile…and we aren’t that far away from there. This afternoon I pinned an Alabama roadtrip pin, and I’m sure that I can find ones for Mississippi and Louisiana (heck – we’re members of AAA! I can request guidebooks!)
When you are looking to explore your local place, where do you turn for information? Have any places that you can think of that I need to make sure Sweet Husband and I scope out? Let me know in the comments!