Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pensacola, and Lower Alabama

So much to see, so little time to see it.

So little time, in fact, that we are considering returning to this area on our way back and exploring some more. We only got to hit maybe 50% of the places that we originally planned to see.

A few highlights:

The drive into Pensacola along Rt. 98, the road that runs parallel to the coast, is a pleasant change from coming into town along the Interstate. Just be aware that it's VERY easy to get lost right after you get off the bridge and to get on small downtown streets if you miss your turn (ask me how I know - at the RV park the manager was telling me that a common error in most GPS routing programs was sending their cutomers down the wrong streets).

Dig the bridge across the bay. The old, abandoned bridge off to the right is so rusty that it's barely standing. Yikes!

From what we saw Pensacola has an interesting downtown that has been partially restored to it's previous glory, a la places like Savannah and Charleston. We simply weren't in a position to stop and sightsee as we meandered through those narrow streets in a bus pulling a trailer.

Pensacola is home of the National Museum of Naval Aviation, which must rank right up there with free government cheese as a bargain for those who get it. Because there is no cost to enter and view the exhibits. And if you are an old plane freak like myself (as opposed to just being a plain old freak like some folks that I know online) then you will feel like a kid in the proverbial candy store.

More of Pensacola and LA (Lower Alabama) in the next blog post, pholks!

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