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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

~~~ We have rolled into Mississippi ~~~

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is our wonderful host for "Outdoor Wednesday". If you are interested in this event head on over to Susan's place....There is a link on the logo picture....go visit more Outdoor Wednesdays and learn what it is all about. Join in the fun.....


Thank you very much Susan

We have moved on, left Florida and we are now at Twiltley Branch COE Park … It is located on Okatibbee Lake in Collinsville, Mississippi which is about 8 miles north of Meridian, MS. There is so much you can do right here in the campground … boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, camping, picnicking, hunting, hiking, sightseeing & bird watching. Most of the sites are right on the water and the one we are staying at (30) is kind of isolated and has 50 amp electric & good water pressure… again no sewer hookup. Phone service, Internet & TV are all good reception. However a few of the sites have enough trees that you may not get TV in them. Most of the sites are BIG rig friendly but 29 would be really difficult for anything over 30 feet. After getting Tassie all set up on her new home for the next 6 days we headed into town to get something to eat…. We ate at Barnhills Buffet which was just ok… At least I didn’t have to cook or do dishes… RIGHT? After dinner when we returned to our campsite we sat outside to enjoy the late afternoon just watching the sun go down and the peacefulness of the lake. Soon this couple Pat & Harold walked up and welcomed us to the campground. They live not far from here and come camping about every other weekend… They just love this park so much… There are plenty of beautiful birds...We also saw a couple of deer here in the park but I didn't have my camera on me... Boo Hoo. Ralph saw a fox but it was in early evening while he was walking Tiffy. It was a great end to a great day!
Tassie has a beautiful new home with water everywhere

Here is a view from the left front and directly across the street


The next four pictures are views of Lake Okatibbee

My Grand daughter Alyssah has met several children at this campground and is having a great time playing, riding bikes & swimming with them

A few of my feathered friends


Hope you enjoyed the pictures... I'll be back with more

Until Later

Hugs And Kisses

Camp Fire

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

~~~ Trip from Pensacola to Meridian, Mississippi ~~~

When driving from Pensacola, Florida to Meridian, Mississippi we went through Mobile, Alabama. In Mobile there is an attraction that most men would like to visit. We went there many years ago and visited the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park where you can spend time touring the battleship and see other war type memorabilia. As we were driving by I was hanging out the side window trying to get a good picture to show you how big it is... Didn't have too much luck getting a good one. Also I wanted to show you a picture of the tunnel we went through entering Mobile. I think it was the first time Alyssah ever went under water in a vehicle. Mobil is where we got off of the Interstate system and took a US highway up into Mississippi...
I don't know what was going on but the traffic was very heavy through this area.
And here is the battleship USS Alabama
Skyline of Mobile, Alabama & Entering the tunnel
In the tunnel & the exit towards Mississippi
Just thought this ship was interesting & also a beautiful building in Mobile

Finally the road we traveled on for the next 150 miles. At least it was pretty scenery


I just thought you might enjoy these pictures taken on the road. These are just a few of the wonderful sites we see while heading down the road...


Until Later


Hugs And Kisses

Map

Sunday, July 26, 2009

~~~ Pensacola Navel Air Museum ~~~


We spent the day yesterday at the Pensacola Air Station. They have the Navel Air Museum, Fort Barrancas, an old lighthouse and a national cemetery. We spent hours here enjoying all they had to offer. Alyssah was so taken back with all the airplanes & jets that were in the museum... she had so much fun. Did I mention that this is all free to the public? What a great way to spend the day... I know this post is big but we took over 200 pictures and I had a hard time picking out what I wanted to share with you all. If you want to see a larger image just click on picture twice to open.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is devoted to the history of naval aviation and displays over 150 aircraft and spacecrafts. It has nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, including the restoration hanger with a flight line behind it displaying nearly 40 aircraft. When inside, one of the first and most awesome exhibits is that of the world famous Blue Angles; this aerial stunt team flies out of the base at Pensacola. The seven story glass and steel atrium features four A-4 Skyhawks in dive formation.


Here is Alyssah in front of the bronze salute to the Blue Angels & the actual Blue Angel full size jets hanging from the ceiling in formation...


Here are some of the plane exhibits




This was an exhibit on the Vietnam War... Very sad! Do you see the case with all the POW/MIA bracelets in it? I had one of those and to this day I remember the name of the young soldier on my bracelet... LT. Charles Boston. For years I wondered if he ever came home but when I visited the Veterans Memorial in Washington DC and saw his name on it I knew he didn't make it home... That was a very sad moment for me which brought tears to my eyes and also my husbands.



Here is the Apollo Space Craft



Here is an actual moon rock & my little darling in a space suit




Alyssah in a military helicopter and a fighter jet


More shots of the planes & jets inside of the museum



The picture on the right is a view of the Blue Angel Jets from the second floor. Look down into the first floor and you will see some young boys practicing with swords. They are getting ready for a change of command ceremony at that base.



After touring the inside of the museum we took a trolley out to the airfield where they work on and restore old aircraft. They also store some out there too. Our tour guide was a retired Marine who was just full of great information... This was very interesting! The plane on the right is an old boat plane that lands and takes off on water... It was not a huge success
The aircraft on the right has skis on it and is the only one left in existence... The jet on the right is the last jet that George W. Bush ever flew and landed on an aircraft carrier. If you enlarge the picture you will see his name on it.




This is the airfield where the Blue Angels practice... If you come here to visit be sure to look up their practice schedule on the Blue Angel web site so you can come and watch their show. (which is also for free) On Wednesdays when they are practicing they come into the museum and autograph pictures for you. We have never been lucky enough to see them... They were here the day before we visited... we saw them in the air but not the show


Fort Barrancas and the Old Lighthouse




Hope you enjoyed the pictures

Until Later

Hugs And Kisses

Navy

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