Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pensacola, Florida ( Dec. 21, 2011- Jan.4, 2012)

These past 3 weeks have, literally, flown by for us. It always does when we are here. The Oak Grove RV Park on the Pensacola Naval Air Station is one of our favorite places. This is the reason we chose to spend our holidays here. We have done it in the past and, hopefully, we can do again in the future.

Having been here several times we know the area fairly well and have seen all of the sights more than once so we took this opportunity to kick back, relax and eat some good seafood. Good strategy and it paid off.

As mentioned before the park is almost on the beach and is teeming with many different kinds of birds. I was fortunate to get some great pictures of many of them. The most elusive was a pair of great horned owls. Usually by the time they came out it was too dark to photograph them. One day, however, they started hooting before the sun went down and I was able to catch one of them perched in a tree close to us. They, along with a great blue heron, were among the park's "permanent" residents.

Within walking distance from the RV park is the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Always a great place to spend the day rambling through the exhibits. It is one of the most visited places in Pensacola and is open to the public.  There is no admission. Close by is Ft. Barrancus. It is quite well preserved and is, also, free.  Another free attraction next to the museum is the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum.  All of these sights are within a half mile of each other.  If you are ever in the Pensacola area make sure you spend at least a day to see these great places.  Note: they are all on the Pensacola Naval Air Station so proper identification will be required to enter the base.

So the Holiday Season is now over and it is time to move on.  Next stop is the Okatoma RV Park and Resort in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Looking forward to the change in scenery.

1 comment:

Jean said...

Owls can be hard to get on film, but they're worth the effort. Great shot of the heron, too.