A little cooler today. 52ᵒF this morning
Another restfull day. Down to Miss Lucilles to do internet stuff
Email from our friends, the Warrens, from Thorhild, Alberta. They are unable to join us this year as they say that to include a flight from Belize to Texas increases the cost significantly, coupled with the security implications, as well as increased health Insurance costs, had to decide to abandon the joint trip.
Maybe next year !!
Went to Win Dixie for some groceries -- Man, if we would just stop eating, we could have a cheap vacation!!
Dec 24th - Rain, Rain, Rain. What can I say!!
Most of day this was the case and then it detioriated as the day wore on. By 6:00PM we had a tornado warning and watch until 1:00AM
Santa must not be having a very easy delivery night!
Dec 25th - Woke up this morning to a much improved weather picture. Sun was shining and temperature near 50ᵒF
Merry Christmas everyone!Went to Miss Lucilles and talked to kids at Shannons on SKYPE
Then had coffee and cinnimon bun at Miss Lucilles and returned home
Started cooking Christmas dinner at 1:00PM. Turkey breast in the oven, but had trouble keeping pilot light on
Delicious dinner by 5:00PM
Dec 26th - Out to the Waffle house for breakfast
Stop at Kitchen Outlet for some RV Supplies
I walked to Campbell Lake in afternoon
Dec 27th - Today drove to Panama City along the beach. Their beach accesses are not nearly as good as Destins are.
No parking at most places and houses line the seaside along the entire route, so you seldom even see the beaches.
Found a Marine Museum anlong the highway and found these old relics. The upper photo is of the Trieste II. It has dived as deep as 16,400 ft! Not for me, thanks!!Return home via highway 98 by 2:30PM.
Back to Win Dixies for a few necessary groceries, then to Miss Lucilles for internet
Denice takes a couple sunset pics
Returm home and Denice makes a turkey stew for supper. Ummmmmm!!!
Dec 28th - Planned on being up bright and early this morning and heading to Pensacola to see the Pinta and Nina, that sailed into the Palafox Pier, but as usual didn't get that early of a start but were still at the pier by 11:00AM.
Went aboard both the Pinta and Nina, and had a great self guided tour. The thing that struck me most about the two ships was there small size. The Nina is only 65 feet long with an 18 foot beam, and a displacement of 80 tons, while the Pinta was 85 feet long, a 24 foot beam, and a displacement of 101 tons. How these small vessels managed to navigate around the world in wild seas leaves a lot to the imagination. Although, of course, are only replicas of the original, but were built in Brazil to the exact specs of the original ships. These exact little vessels have in fact themselves sailed most oceans of the globe including both the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as the great Lakes and many inland waterways through out the world. Moored adjacent to these ships there were modern day Yachts of equal length, with all their sophisticated navigational equipment. I would be hesitant to head across the Atlantic in one of them. let alone one of those unpowered sail ships, with only a compass and a sextent.
Dec 29 - Clean up day in preparation for moving on tomorrow
Denice washes clothes at 7:00AM
Then we just get all the preparations done.
Late in afternoon run to Publix for a few necessary groceries, then to Miss Lucilles to get caught up on emails, then a few sunset pics.
Down to the beach and did a little sandcastle construction. Not too difficult when you have a construction backgound. You do believe I did that, don't you?Supper at Applebees, then some final stuff in ELTORO.