March 1, 2014 Moving Day

Red shouldered hawks
Red shouldered hawks

Red-shouldered Hawks at Bayou Segnette S.P.

Waking up early, I started packing stuff away in the Rv for today’s move on to Florida for my “citizenship” run. As soon as the sun broke the horizon, I hopped in the car and took a last run around the park hoping to still get some decent wood duck shots and to follow up on the red shouldered hawks I found yesterday.

Woodies hanging around the house
Woodies hanging around the house

As always, just click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Once again, the woodies are just too darn alert and finicky to get anything decent, I have to find some place where I can get a little closer to these colorful guys.

Red shouldered hawks
Red shouldered hawks

It went a little better with the nesting, and mating, red shouldered hawks.

Red shouldered hawks
Red shouldered hawks

 

Making little hawks
Making little hawks
Red shouldered hawk ready for takeoff
Red shouldered hawk
Red shouldered hawk ready for takeoff
Ready for takeoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I probably spent another hour or more watching them come and go with nesting twigs, hunt for lizards, survey their territory from the treetops, and, yes, even do what it takes to produce little red shouldered hawks.

New Orleans to Milton, Florida

Reluctantly, around 10 AM I forced myself to leave the hawks and go back to the campsite and load the Prius on the dolly and depart Bayou Segnette State Park for Florida.

Mardi Gras Floats
Mardi Gras Floats

As I was heading east on Business Route 90 just outside the park, I could see traffic backed up forever in the opposite direction. The cause…. several floats making their way towards the city to have their finishing touches applied for Mardi Gras, just the thing I wanted to avoid. The traffic was backed up solid in all three lanes for almost two miles, glad I am heading east, not west.

Crossed over the Mississippi River and joined up with I-10 East which will take me all the way to my Florida destination, the KOA in Milton, Florida, located right at Exit 31 on I-10. Clear sailing, all the way, or so I thought!

Mississippi Mardi Gras floats
Mississippi Mardi Gras floats

 

Mississippi Mardi Gras floats
Mississippi Mardi Gras floats

Turns out, apparently a lot of other towns around here have their own Mardi Gras celebrations. as I discovered just as I approached the Louisiana and Mississippi border on I-10 and suddenly traffic stopped with no reason visible ahead as far as I could see. From a dead stop, we slowly started crawling forward at about 10 MPH…for miles!

Mississippi Mardi Gras floats
Mississippi Mardi Gras floats

 

Mississippi Mardi Gras floats
Mississippi Mardi Gras floats

 

Mississippi Mardi Gras floats
Mississippi Mardi Gras floats

After about half an hour of this, I could finally see the reason for the backup, not an accident or construction as I assumed, but a line of Mardi Gras floats heading east on the interstate. Colorful and certainly unusual, but kind of frustrating on an Interstate.

Mobile Alabama
Mobile Alabama

Once past them, it really was clear sailing all the way to Mobile, Alabama and it’s surprising, to me anyway, skyline. From there, just a short run and I arrived at the Milton KOA around 3 PM. This is definitely a nicely kept, well run campground, mostly full of seasonal units and located directly next to I-10, also a little pricey to me, as all KOA’s seem to be, $44/night for a grass site with water and 50 amp electric. I chose this campground for the convenience of it’s location and also because everything else anywhere around here was full!

 

Woodies hanging around the house
Woodies hanging around the house
Red shouldered hawk
Red shouldered hawk
Red shouldered hawks
Red shouldered hawks

 

 

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