Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Quick Roadtrip to Biloxi and the Circus

Usually we wouldn't have gone away when a major storm was heading for Pensacola, but Tropical Storm Fay was moving so slowly we decided we could drive to Biloxi for just one night. We headed over on Thursday morning.

We were off to see Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey's one-ring circus -- Boom A Ring.

Felix's Fish Camp Grill logoWe stopped for lunch at a favorite restaurant, the locally-owned Felix's Fish Camp Grill in Spanish Fort, Alabama. It is on the bay across from Mobile with great views of battleships at Battleship Park.

Felix's looks like a fish camp -- old, battered, falling down -- but inside it is a fine restaurant with excellent service and wonderful food. Have the crab soup, it's worth the trip.

Isle of Capri Casino logoFrom Felix's we continued on to Biloxi and checked in at the Isle of Capri Casino. We hadn't stayed there for a couple of years and we were pleased to find the rooms had been nicely refurbished.

Boom A Ring! in Biloxi

Early in the evening we drove west along the beach road to the circus. It was playing at Biloxi's Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The show had some very good acts and lots of classic circus elements such as juggling, tumbling and acrobatics. The dog act was unique with its cast of five trained Daschunds. Los Scolas' high wire act was as exciting as ever and this year they added a high energy double wheel as well. Opening the second act was Vicenta Pages presenting her white tigers immediately followed by her aerial act.

In the morning we drove home to wait for Tropical Storm Fay and by Sunday evening it still had not arrived in Pensacola.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay Update

Weather map; TS Fay
Tropical Storm Fay is heading toward Pensacola. This map from shows the storm's path at 10:30 a.m. this morning.

As you can see from the previous post none of the computer projections was even close. Lucky for us it never made it to hurricane level.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where is Tropical Storm Fay going?

North Atlantic TS Fay landed in Florida again. This morning it came ashore just south of Fort Myers. Yesterday it passed through Key West. From the computer models below you'll see that there are several very different outcomes possible. These seem to be more varied than usual especially for computer models after landfall.

Looks like it is not heading toward Pensacola.

The map is from Weather Underground's Tropical Weather pages.
TS Fay's computer models, Tuesday morning, August 19, 2008
I'll keep you posted.