I only had a brief taste of the Gulf Coast two years ago, in Perdido Key and Mobile. I have wanted to come back for some time but realize the hurricanes did a tremendous amount of damager. I've been thinking of trying a Christmas trip. Basing myself in the Guldport area (there are a few B and B's open) and then being able to go to New Orleans, Mobile or Pensacola if I want as long daytrips. But is the area ready? Are the coast roads open now? Is there gas? I don't want to make a trip if there's still too much devestation, I'd rather come back when folks are ready for visitors---I know there's plenty of work yet to be done. But the sugar sand beaches are kind of calling me, so I know it's just a matter of time.