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Cruisin’ Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi Lighthouse

Cruisin’ Biloxi, Mississippi

Cruisin’ the Coast has hit Biloxi, Mississippi!  This weekend has been so much fun because of it too!  This is such a big event for the area, and all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is packed with beautiful fun cars every October.  If you are a motor head, this is the place for you!  So what did I do for Cruisin’ the Coast?  Well, I like cars but not that much.   There is so much more to do here in Biloxi, Mississippi than Cruisin’ the Coast.    So even though I have lived here most of my life, there are still landmarks I haven’t seen.   With the impending move, I’ve started to take my final tour of the Biloxi landmarks.

There's a cruiser right there!

There’s a cruiser right there!

A friend of mine sells Cigar Box Guitars that he hand makes.  He set up a booth at the Biloxi Visitors Center while they were having a craft fair.  Check him out!  He’s very talented, and his business has picked up in the short time he’s had it.  It’s so awesome to know talented people like him.

Fish Cigar Box Guitars

Fish Cigar Box Guitars

After a quick chat, I moved to my goal.  The Biloxi Lighthouse.  They were giving free tours for the events this week, and it was great to get to finally go up.  This building has weathered every hurricane that has hit it.  Unlike typical lighthouses, it’s made of solid iron!  It was not as cramped as I thought it would be going up.  Just a spiral staircase up and, boom, an awesome view.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse, Biloxi Mississippi. Isn’t she a beaut!

Tours typically happen in the morning due to the heat in the lighthouse.

Tours typically happen in the morning due to the heat in the lighthouse.

You can see all the way to Gulfport, Mississippi up here.  The view is awesome on a clear day.  You can also learn about how lighthouses work.  This one has a beautiful Fresnel Lens.

The view to the east towards Gulfport, MS

The view to the east towards Gulfport, MS

The Lighthouse guts. Powered by a small 60 watt bulb.

The Lighthouse guts. Powered by a small 250 watt bulb.

Back at the bottom of the Lighthouse, you can see the waterlines for the initial storm surge of the hurricanes that have it this landmark.

This was a tight picture to get, but an important one for me.

This was a tight picture to get, but an important one for me.

After a tour of the lighthouse, I decided to go to the visitor’s center and peek inside.  There were some more awesome vendors to include local painters, potters and sketch artists.  Also inside is a museum featuring local artists and the history of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Biloxi Visitors Center

Biloxi Visitors Center

Local Art on display. I love the energy and movement of coastal southern art.

Local Art on display. I love the energy and movement of coastal southern art.

The Visitor Center was closing soon, so I headed on over to the Biloxi small craft harbor for some photos.  The light was great, and I love getting this inspiration for paintings I may make.  If you want to get some fresh coastal shrimp, this is the place.  It is literally right off the boat.

Fresh shrimp right here!

Fresh shrimp right here!

shrimp boats

Aren’t the boats beautiful?

That was it!  All of this can all be found within walking distance of the Casinos and the beach, right here in Biloxi, Mississippi.  It was a lovely afternoon, and I enjoyed my time getting to know my home town better.  P.S. After the small craft harbor, check out McElroy’s.  Hands down, it has the best Shrimp and Grits outside of my kitchen.

Updated 21 Oct 2015: I stand corrected!  It is a 250 watt bulb in the lighthouse.  Still pretty dang amazing!  Thanks Brian!

 

Becca S