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Fort Pickens

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  • Day35

    Fort-Weary McClearys [Pensacola]

    January 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    More coastal forts. Fort Pickens, built by slaves and, briefly, prison-home to the Apache chief, Geronimo. Ft McRee, which we fortunately didn't have to see because it was swept into the ocean decades ago. Fort Barrancas, which seems to have been occupied and modified by everyone from the Spanish in 1800 through little kids in the 1950s. [We joke about the slew of forts but we were lucky to have a personal tour of Ft Barrancas by a very knowledgeable volunteer tour guide.]

    Also got in a couple good bike rides, including one on the Blackwater Heritage State rail-trail. Sixteen miles through semi-rural Florida. And a shorter one on Perdido Key, summer nesting refuge to many sea turtles and winter home of some yellow rumped warblers.
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  • Day10

    You are welcome und viel Strand

    September 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Heute war mal ein Tag ohne Programm. Doch wer uns kennt weiss, dass es garantiert nicht beim Faulenzen bleibt.

    Heute frühs sah das Wetter doch noch echt klasse aus, zwar kein strahlend blauer Himmel, aber kein Regen! Und wenn man uns heute Abend so sieht hat wohl die Sonne viel Kraft gehabt 😎 Die Wellen waren heute wieder recht hoch und wir mussten uns schon echt anstrengen nicht unterzugehen. Aber es macht Spaß!

    Über Mittag sind wir mal ganz ans Ende der Insel gefahren zu den Ruinen vom Fort Pickens. Bis auf die nervigen Ameisen die so anhänglich waren wie ein Kleinkind war der Ausflug eine super Sache. Eine sehr tolle Kulisse für spezielle Fotos. Die Anfahrt war schon extrem lustig, zum Glück haben wir so ein hohes Auto, denn durch die Niederschläge von gestern sind die Strassen überflutet.

    Am Nachmittag sah dann der Himmel bedrohlich dunkel aus, aber was juckts uns, wir gehen nochmals an Strand. Die Wolken sind wohl von unserer störrischen Art erschrocken und machten einen Bogen um uns 😂

    Für den Abend wählten wir das Lokal "Papa's Pizza" , zum Anfang mal was gesundes mit 2 Salaten. Die Pizza hat einen tollen Umfang und reicht für uns alle. Ok, vielleicht hätten wir noch etwas mehr geschafft aber es war ok. Zum Abschluss gönnen wir uns noch einen Slushy mit Schuss und laufen am Strand entlang zurück. Ein Traum!

    Ach so, was wir ja noch erläutern müssen, ich wählte den Titel "you are welcome" weil Domi das seit Natchez zu jeder Gelegenheit sagt. Unsere lustigsten Gedanken heute waren zum Beispiel: wenn wir im Restaurant sind und die Rechnung bekommen, legen wir ein Zettel rein und schreiben drauf "61$ you are welcome".... Mal schauen was passiert 😅

    Nein, denkt bitte nichts falsches von uns, wir bezahlen natürlich immer alles und sogar mehr 😘
    In diesem Sinne: guats nächtle
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    Simone Wachsmuth

    Flauschig 😂

  • Day20

    Gulf Islands National Seashore

    May 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    What a beautiful place. We love the panhandle beaches! It was a two days drive for us from SC. Great campsite complete with an Armadillo. Birds are plentiful too. Four night is not enough, we hope to add another day, but it is a holiday weekend!Read more

    Alice Corey

    Looks like a good time for a couple of ol' farts😘Love, Jim and Alice

    Alice Corey

    Love you both! Miss you😍

  • Day97

    National Naval Aviation Museum

    February 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Gordon and I enjoyed this wonderful museum quite a bit, and dad would have approved heartily as entrance was FREE. We were sad to have missed the Blue Angels twice-weekly practice as they are out of town for January and February, But there was a tremendous amount to see and Gordon was in Hardware Heaven. I am imagining that the 2nd photo shows what dad's working conditions on the planes were as a navigator in WWII. We also enjoyed being around the sailors, young and old, who were all around in both official and unofficial capacities. It was a very positive place, showing a proud tradition and honoring those who have served.Read more

    Bonnie Benedict

    Very good! There's also a Lighthouse somewhere nearby where you can climb to the top and get a grey panoramic view.

    Bonnie Benedict


    Geezers in Paradise

    Yes, we passed right by the lighthouse. Apparently when the Blue Angels are in town, you can get tickets to watch them from up there. Whoo! That would be quite a trip in itself!

  • Day97

    Historic Pensacola

    February 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Pensacola turns out to have quite a charming historic area. Our photo-taking skills seem to have seriously taken a turn for the worse, however, so we have resorted to a few "canned" photos from the web for you to get the general idea.

    The perfect cap to the day was on the ride home when we passed the "Ever'man Cooperative Cafe and Grocery." Gordon screeched into a U-turn and we found a lovely, large food coop inside which we agreed was even better than Fresh Market. And to make it even better, this coop shares a policy with a lot of other coops we've visited of honoring our membership in the Olympia Coop. We stocked up, and continued back to the campground munching a couple of delicious cookies to tide us over.
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  • Day80

    Pensacola, United States

    March 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 72 °F

    We took Kuma for a walk on the beach this morning... boy was he a happy pooch! That is until he got a bath afterwards.
    We spent the afternoon at the National Naval Aviation Museum. What a fantastic place! The Blue Angel's are based next door and we got to see the end of their training session as we drove in.
    A storm blew in just as we left the museum so more RAIN, lightening and thunder. On the way home we stopped at Joe Patti's, a wonderful fish market that Deb and Greg told us about, for some fresh gulf shrimp.
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    I think these are the first picturestep of Kuma I've seen in a while

    Debra Giltz

    He usually chills out in the moho when we're sightseeing.

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