We stayed at Pelican Roost for 19 Days in April 2018 – $20 @ night. Arrival – The signage to get to the park is non existent, so make sure you ask the gate guards at the main gate for directions. There are two different streets that lead to the park entrance and either can accommodate larger rigs. Just FYI, there are two RV Parks (Pelican Roost and Osprey Cove) on the base so make sure they do not send you to the wrong park. We really enjoyed staying at Pelican Roost. It was a nicely maintained, quiet, peaceful park, except for the occasional helicopters and training gunfire off the […]
Near the National Naval Aviation Museum is the Pensacola Lighthouse and around the corner is Fort Barrancas. We visited these both on the same day. The lighthouse charges an admission as does Fort Barrancas. The lighthouse was interesting and the lighthouse keepers home and the lighthouse itself were open to visit. Some images from the Lighthouse: We then went to Fort Barrancas which is situated and visible from the roadway. If you wish to view all of our photos from the Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas click here to go to our Google Photos Album.
After a short drive from Panama City we found our way to the Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area near Pensacola. It was our first visit and we learned there are three different campground locations associated with the Pensacola NAS. One of the campgrounds is located near the National Naval Aviation Museum, it is Oak Grove Park, the other two are located about 10 miles west, they are referred to as Section A & B, and as Anchor Cove & Battleship Row respectively. Anchor Cove has only 30amp power, water and a dump station, Battleship Row has full 50amp hookups all paved streets and large size concrete pad sites. Both sites are located […]
We attended two sessions, the first on Tuesday was well attended however the Wednesday show was overflowing with viewers. As I recall their schedule is that during the Winter and Spring, normally Tuesday and Wednesday at 1100hrs the Blue Angels open their practice sessions to the public. The public accesses to the viewing area is behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. Admission is free, they do rent chairs for $3 and they have numerous bleachers available. During both sessions, there was a group of volunteers that narrated the shows and provided information about the various maneuvers. We took about 70+ images and videos during the two shows. If you’d […]
We can’t say enough good things about this museum, it has an IMAX theater (fee for viewing the movies in the IMAX), free guided tours, you can touch and explore most of the displayed aircraft and admission is free We spent the better part of two full days visiting the many exhibits and buildings housing an incredible array of Naval Aircraft and we still didn’t see everything. Both days we were at the museum the Blue Angels performed at 1100hrs.
After reading the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to drive north and see what it was all about. It was about 20 minutes north of Panama City. We arrived and learned that the tours were by appointment only. So we called and arranged for a 1500hrs tour the following day with some others who had already booked a tour. The three-hour tour was well worth the two trips and the $50 per person suggested donation, we even bought a t-shirt! LOL. We had a fantastic experience at the Bear Creek Feline Center. The husband and wife owners and volunteers are devoted feline advocates and they were our tour guides. Probably the rarest […]
We arrived at Raptor Ranch Fam Camp on Tyndall AFB, Sunday afternoon and left 8 days later on Monday. It was our first visit to the area. the campground is easily accessed directly off of Florida RT98. You do not need to go through any security gate, you just drive into the park entrance, the registration office is immediately on your left. We had reservation and the campground was almost full, while we were there they had units in the overflow area a couple times. Our site (#45) was right next to the Recreation Hall. The site concrete pads in most of the sites are short. This causes a problem for […]
We headed west after visiting our son‘s family, making a short 4-hour drive to Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort, near Mayo, Florida. We arrived on a Wednesday, afternoon and departed the following Sunday morning. The campground is located just above the Suwanee River. The word ‘Suwanee” is familiar from the song Way down upon the Suwanee River. Well, it turns out that isn’t the actual title of the song. The 1935 song title is actually Old Folks at Home and it is the State Song of Florida. Who knew? We did spend some time along the Suwanee River which was a short walk from the main camping […]
After some thumbnail planning of our Summer travels, we decided it was time to leave our Winter Torrey Oaks home. First stop was to visit our son’s family near Jacksonville, Fl. After a bit of prior coordination, we had a 50amp connection and water hookups waiting at their newly purchased home. The only question was, could we get all 43′ of Ike backed into their driveway. As suspected it was a bit of a challenge but after about 50 minutes, the removal of the mailbox & post, we successfully maneuvered Ike over their “not so wide” culvert, through the fence, down the freshly asphalt grindings laden driveway and connected into its […]
After a series of unusual events and errors involving our Magne Shade sunscreens, Ike’s windshield cracked down the driver’s side and needed to be replaced. The cracked developed on our journey south last November, however, we decided to wait till we were about to head out of Torrey Oaks to have the work completed, and we combined the trip with our tire replacement. Like most things involving motorhome repairs, you get a multitude of opinions on which dealers you should use and why, most of which turns out to be outdated or hearsay. We had received our check from the insurance company for the replacement of windshield, now we needed to […]