So I have a lot to unpack so bear with me. I just got home from vacation and boy am I glad. I love vacations don’t get me wrong but it’s always so good to be home. If you know me you know that I am more of a homebody myself. I think it’s because my mom didn’t want to be home during the last year of her life.
Anyway, last weekend I went to Biloxi Beach and New Orleans for a vacation. The drive was only four hours to Biloxi beach, so it was not too bad. We left around 5:30-6 that morning and got to the beach around 10:30-11. When we got there Kelly already had been there for a day so we went to their hotel room to wait on the rest of our group to get there. In total there were 12 or so of us on our trip. Once everyone got there and we all changed into our bathing suits we headed to the beach!
We used the Access Trax to be able to pull me right up to the water. When I say it was hot, it was so hot under the scalding sun and sand. The wind helped keep me cool but we had to put an umbrella over me once my skin got too hot from the sun. I looked funny with all my gear but it worked to help me stay out with everyone else. We played in the sand for a while before everyone started going into the ocean. It was Tanner’s first time to see the ocean and experience the beach. It was awesome to get to experience that with him and to see the look on his face. It’s something that I will never forget. Later that day we ended up having difficulties with my chair and had to travel around Biloxi to find a bolt to be able to fix what broke. We tried three different stores before we found what we needed. We had plans to meet back with the group for dinner but we ended up going our separate ways from there.
Friday night we traveled back to New Orleans where we had a hotel waiting for us. It was only an hour and a half drive from Biloxi beach. When we arrived at our hotel, I can’t even get inside the lobby to check in because there’s no ramp. So before we check-in, we go check out another hotel. This one wasn’t on the best part of town. After a failed attempt to move hotels, we check-in and get in our room. The room was clean for the most part but smelled horrible. We try to settle down as much as we can and go to bed. At about two that morning someone yanked hard on the door handle and scared me. I watched the person walk away under the door. I was already up doing some schoolwork but didn’t go back to sleep until around 6 or so. When I told Tanner about the door handle being yanked on he checked the door and the handle was almost off the front of the door. So we rushed to check out by eleven so we didn’t have to stay there anymore.
We moved hotels to be in the same hotel that Jessica was staying at and ended up reserving the last room at that hotel. We warned Kelly who was going to stay at our first hotel with us about our experience, who canceled her reservations and needed a room. So we called all over New Orleans trying to find her a room that was on her budget and ended up booking her at the sister hotel to ours. It took us all day just about to get them a room. We then were going to meet up at the aquarium but we ended up waiting on Kelly while Jessica’s group went ahead through the aquarium.
The aquarium was pretty cool but I remember it being amazing so I was a little bit disappointed. Once our groups left the aquarium we needed food so we took a walk down the boardwalk to find something that’s gluten-free. Kelly has a food sensitivity to gluten so everything she eats needs to be gluten-free otherwise she would get sick. Let me tell you one thing, finding gluten-free food is difficult! We came across a cool Holocaust memorial that changes as you walk around to it and some other statues that I don’t know what they were about. It wasn’t until later that night that we were able to find something to eat but Tanner had to talk our way to let us inside. After dinner everyone went their separate ways for the night, by then it was after eleven o’clock. The night didn’t technically end there for Tanner and me, we met with Jessica and Shane after the kids were asleep to watch nightlife in New Orleans. We also snuck out of the hotel and went around a few blocks of New Orleans at 1 in the morning.
Sunday we checked out of our hotel in New Orleans and headed to the zoo by 10 AM. The zoo was awesome. The animals were beautiful and looked to be in better health than most zoo animals. Jessica and her group started the zoo before everyone else but we waited on Kelly before we started. We took some pictures in front of the big fountain at the entrance of the zoo. It wasn’t too long before it started to pour down rain. I got under a canopy just in time and one by one visitors started to pile in with me until it was crowded. When the rain slowed down I ran to the cafe where everyone was currently getting food. It was so warm which I loved because I was cold from the raindrops. The entire group met in the cafe to eat and wait for the rain to stop. After about an hour we all started back at the zoo, our group splitting off into two groups.
I had to do something in the Louisiana swamp part of the zoo that is out of my character. Everyone that knows me knows I hate confrontation but when someone just nags at you and nags at you then it’s only a matter of time before you explode. I exploded on someone that had been making not only a person that I care about miserable but two kids. Hell, Tanner and I were miserable too because of the actions of this person. I won’t name names or blast this person because it’s not my situation to handle. I had to call this person out of a gift shop, where again he was blocking me from even entering the building. I got loud and I used words that were not appropriate for where I was; in public at the zoo. I was trying to calmly tell him to drop whatever in the hell was his deal so that we could get through more than three minutes of the zoo without stopping over personal stuff that had no business being discussed and the other people had repeatedly told him to drop it and he wouldn’t. Well, the moment I called him out of the gift shop I watched his whole demeanor change. He straightened his back and practically charged at me knowing he was about to get called out on his shit. The moment he stepped in front of me he tried to make excuses and wouldn’t even let me talk to know why I’m upset. So I repeatedly said shut the fuck up and listen. Still, he wouldn’t, excuses excuses. They’re like assholes, everyone has one. I was continuing to get even angrier at the fact that he wouldn’t shut up that I had to tell him to walk the fuck away from me. He goes two feet from me and crosses his arms. I am crying I’m so mad and I storm off. Momma didn’t raise any bitch. I calm down a bit and someone had to come to help me calm down. After twenty minutes the asshole tries to come to apologize and I don’t believe a word he says. He is bent down to my face and I can’t even look at him. I let words go in one ear and out the other before I turn my head to look at him and say as calmly as I can “I don’t believe a word coming from your fucking mouth. You want to apologize then fine. I won’t believe a word you say till you show me.” He responds “It’s not my place to show you anything.” To which I snap, “No but showing her and those kids is about as good as you can get.”
The rest of the trip was okay, I didn’t even talk to him for the rest of the zoo trip. At the end of the zoo is a water park that everyone else went to play in while I wandered the zoo by myself. It was awesome to be able to explore alone. I miss being able to do things on my own. I got to see the whole park over again and spend more time where I wanted instead of keeping up with a group. By the time we got out of the zoo, it was around 5:30 or six.
Tanner and I had had enough of New Orleans since we got there so we wanted to go back to the beach. We talked with Kelly who felt the same way and we made a plan to go back to Biloxi. We got a hotel suite with two bedrooms in the same hotel that Kelly stayed at in Biloxi. We got back on the road and drove the hour and a half back to Biloxi. We had to make a stop at the welcome center to take a bathroom break. It was at least 9 or so before we got checked in and went to find food. Of course, everything that served gluten-free was either closed or not taking any more people. So I had the brilliant idea of the whole kitchen back in our room, we could go to Walmart and just get something to cook. Kelly and Tommy agreed and headed towards Walmart while Tanner, myself, and the two older boys stayed and hung out at the beach. The beach at night is so beautiful and peaceful. I love hearing the waves splashing on the shore. On the way to Walmart Kelly saw an IHOP that was open all night and that’s what we had for dinner at like midnight. I was already tired and Tanner was too. When he put my food in my lap he didn’t even cut up my pancakes or my chicken fried steak. I cried as I eat until Kelly came to check on me and saw me crying. She helped me and then went to find Tanner. He felt like an ass but I told him I understood that we were all tired.
The next day, Monday, we all skipped breakfast and slept in. We all had plans of getting breakfast on the terrace and then going swimming and stuff. Well, no one was awake. We were finally moved by 9 or so just after breakfast was over. We started packing up to check out. The kids were begging to swim in the pool so tanner and I kept them entertained while everyone else packed up. Kelly asked if I wanted to go to the Sharkheads gift shop and so we walked across the street to the big shop. Of course, we had to get pictures under the big shark head. Guys, the gift shop is huge with everything and anything you could want in it. After the gift shop, we went to an outside amusement park where there were race cars, bumper cars, bowling, an arcade, and an outdoor carnival. We had a blast! We stayed there till around five when I told my group we needed to leave so it wasn’t so late getting home.
On our way home we tried to stop at a memorial for a rock band Tanner likes but instead got us lost. We finally made it home around 11 and tanner still had to change my but and get ready for bed. He had to work the next morning and I had school.