|The Gulf Of Mexico around Pensacola|
It was almost a year ago that I left Holtville Calif, the free BLM camping & the hot springs with Florida in my GPS.... as place to go. I wanted to see the Naval Air Museum.
Lot's of changes for me in the last year....
We found a Whataburger on the way! It had been a long time since I'd had a Monterey Melt!
I'm here in Pensacola right now, at a friends house with the camper plugged in.
|Our van parked in Pensacola|
The plan right now (written in sand with a stick :-) is to hang out for a little while, check out the sites (and the naval Air Museum) & then head deeper into Florida. We need to be back in Georgia the middle of March.
|Naval Air Museum on NAS Pensacola|
In Pensacola we did a Mardi Gras parade, my first. WOW!
|Karen & I at the parade|
I can't believe the energy. It was from everywhere, all around me, the crowd AND the people on the floats. I couldn't believe it.
LOUD music from every float, always there & always different as the floats passed by.
And the beads, they throw them from the floats .. Good fun! A crowd of happy people ... even at the bar after the parade. Pensacola...who'd a thought?
I enjoyed it.
|A typical float|
|People throwing beads|
Too much to mention at the Naval Air Museum, a great collection of airplanes & aviation history!
A really nice section on Coast Guard Aviation.
I was a flight mechanic in the HU-16A, HH-52A & the HH-65A during my 21 years in the USCG so I do have a slight lean towards the CG.
|I think I worked on this HH-52A at some Air Station over the years|
|The start of Coast Guard aviation in 1917|
|This sign explains it all|
As a side note, remember the Wright Bros first flight? The guys helping out were from the Life Saving Service station there (early Coasties).