20-22 Feb 2015; Back to the Museum, Downtown Pensacola, Around the Neighborhood

Well, we said we would go back to the Naval Museum and we did.  I could still spend another day there, as there is so much to see.  I got a nice note from one of my work colleagues yesterday stating that he had his wings pinned at the museum…thanks Noel…nice to know that piece of history!

The displays go on and on, and I was amazed at some of tnhe displays from the 40’s, where they had created an entire small town, and life aboard ship during WW-II.  The ships stores and the town markets had products from the actual era.  I talked to one of the volunteers about this, and she said they have volunteers that canvass the country to get authentic items from the era…everything form cereal boxes, to cigarette packs, candy bars…you name it.  A lot of the companies have chipped in as well, providing the museum with the original art work so they can recreate the lables.

Looking into the recreated ships store.

Looking into the recreated ships store.

Terri and I have usually had good luck at just finding places and things going on as we drive, and we hit the jack pot again on Friday night.  We decided to drive into the historic town of Pensacola just to check it out.  We saw a micro brewery advertised and thought we would stop there, as there are a lot of locals at those places, and you can get some good info.  As we were pulling into the parking lot, I looked down the street and saw numerous tents being set up, and noted that several streets had been blocked off.  So…we headed into the brewery to learn what we could.

Besides some pretty good beer, we learned that Pensacola has a night each month that they close the streets down and have an art/music/food street party.

Besides some pretty good beer, we learned that Pensacola has a night each month that they close the streets down and have an art/music/food street party.

We had a blast…several street performers, excellent food (and most for free…samples of the local restaurants) and plenty of food to buy.  There were several local bands performing as well, and they were very good.

The streets were really crowded as the night wore on.  This is a very quaint little town.

The streets were really crowded as the night wore on. This is a very quaint little town.

What a way to spend a Friday night!

Our new best friend Josh, and his older little brother to his right.  Josh is a monster!

Our new best friend Josh, and his older little brother to his right. Josh is a monster!  I’m about 6’2″, and Josh’s little brother is my height.

I was intrigued by their smoker, and engaged in conversation with Josh for quite a while.  Seems they moved down here from Rhode Island last year with nothing but the clothes on their back, and were quite accomplished “smokers.”  They bought the smoker you see in the background in AL, and started their own business.  We had just eaten, so I really didn’t want to get anything, but Josh insisted we try his pulled pork…was definitely some of the best I have had!  We have met the most interesting and entrepreneurial folks in our travels, and just about anyone wants to chat and tell you about their life experiences if you let them.

We got back to the Coach at an early hour, and Terri was off exploring early in the morning before I got up.  When she got back on Sat morning…about 8 or 9 I think, I was ready to roll and we took a bike ride around the area we are staying.

They have so much to offer here.  Paint ball course, Boy Scout Camps, Frisbee Golf, Kayak and Boat Rentals, hiking and biking trails...this is one of the showers at one of the scout camps.

They have so much to offer here. Paint ball course, primitive camps, Frisbee Golf, Kayak and Boat Rentals, hiking and biking trails…this is one of the many picnic areas that you can rent out….complete with your own smokers so you don’t have to hire Josh!

This is a shower for one of the scout camps.  This used to be a Naval training facility, and there are all kinds of surprises as you hike or bike through the woods...old bunkers, water processing facilities, etc.

This is a shower for one of the primitive camps. This used to be a Naval training facility, and there are all kinds of surprises as you hike or bike through the woods…old bunkers, water processing facilities, etc.

We went back into Pensacola in the late morning near the area we were on Friday night, as they have a farmers market there each Saturday.  What a great time.  We ran into some of our neighbors from the park as well.  We loaded up on bread, and got some awesome cookies at 50% off…pays to show up at the end sometimes.  We are really impressed by the amount of people who are getting back into farming.  There were several farmers marketing their wares.  The usual vegetable farmers were there, but the one’s I had not noted at other markets of late are the organic dairy farms.  Being brought up in America’s Dairy Land causes one to pause when you see this.  I was pleased to see one of the farmers, selling his milk in half-gallon milk jars, explaining the cream at the top of the jar to several people…telling them what it was, and what they could do with it.  It is funny, as this was second nature to us growing up, but it is really neat seeing the next “generations” getting back in touch with the land so to speak.

Saturday night is a night Terri will soon forget, but I won’t.  I kicked her but at cribbage…finally!  (Payback will not be pleasant) We finished the night off with some grilled chicken thighs.  I don’t know what she used for a marinade, but it was awesome…so good in fact, we did the same thing tonight!

Tech Tip:  Oh yea…we also fixed some stuff on Saturday!  Our water pump has continually cycled on and off for the past couple of weeks.  I think it was my previous Dumb Ron move of completely draining the fresh water tank while we were at Wickham Park in Melbourne.  I had called my mechanic to ask why he thought things were not right, and his first question was to ask when I had last changed the filter, and that was in November, so he said that couldn’t be the problem.  So for the past week, we have been tearing the faucets apart to check the screens, etc. etc.  Well, we decided to buy a new filter (just in case) and check our current filter.  What I love about this lifestyle, is that we are doing things as much as possible as a team, and Terri never ever shies away from trying anything.  I’ve mentioned before what a pain it is to get into the area where the water filter is, and she climbed right in, and I handed her the wrenches, and she got the filter apart…it is a bear to do!  Her little finger will be quite swollen for a while, but she got he job done.  Long story short, come to find out, the filter was pretty clogged.  We put the new one in, and now the pump runs great!  So well in fact, that when taking a shower with our new and improved Oxygenics shower head, there is a lot more cleaning up to do!  I took a shower this morning and had to wipe down the sky light above the shower…wheww.  Life is good!  Bottom line…start with what is the obvious when trouble shooting.  I never thought the filter would have been bad already, but when I think back to the Wickham Park incident, it should have been obvious.

Also…the bleed on the heater seems to have worked, as the Hurricane has been performing on cue ever since.  It still means I have an air leak somewhere, but we will track that down.  The weather was great here the past couple of days, but we are headed for about four straight days of cold, rain and wind.  Yuck.  So…we are looking to leave for the west likely earlier than we had planned.  We have to wait for some mail to catch up with us first, then we will make our move.  We are looking at Shields Naval RV Park just west of Biloxi, MS right now.  We will call tomorrow and see if they have room.

We had a great day today as well.  The weather was perfect, contrary to the weather predictions.  We went to church at a nice place not too far from here, and had a late breakfast at a little hole in the wall.  We were stuffed, and the bill was only $11.

The sunset tonight was awesome!

Terri took a hike to the end of the peninsula that we are on and was scared half to death by this guy!

Terri took a hike to the end of the peninsula that we are on and was scared half to death by this guy!

No words!

No words!

I just caught the sun before it got wet!!

I just caught the sun before it got wet!!

OK…here is a challenge for all of you followers.  I put this challenge out to the kids, but have not had much response.  I clipped the beard off the other day.  Why?  Just because I guess.  However, I really liked it.  I am going to post two pictures below.  Let me know which one you prefer, and the one with the most votes will be the way I will stay “groomed” if you will for a year!  Pale face, or beard face???  The decision is yours…

Vote for Beard Face??

Vote for Beard Face??

Or will it be Pale Face???

Or will it be Pale Face???

Either e-mail, text me or comment on the site with your votes.  I will keep a tally, and let you all know what the decision is in one week.

As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!

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