Styx River is off of I-10 at Hwy 64, not far from Pensacola, and on the way to Mobile. We also met up with a friend we met at Amazon in 2012, Lavon Greathouse, who lives in Summerhill, about 10 miles south of where we are.
We will be here for a week before moving onto Biloxi, MS to visit with Terry & Evelyn before heading to Abita Springs for a week; then to Texas.
Walking the dogs down by the lake every day I keep watching for a picture opportunity. I especially like reflections and this one popped up the other day.
On Wednesday we drove to Gulf Islands National Seashore to buy my Senior Pass to the National Parks (I also bought a Passport to keep a record of them.) The white pristine sand and dunes are wonderful scenes. Funny story about me getting my Senior Pass ~~ Jim said you better take your passport and driver's license to prove that you are 62 and eligible for a senior pass. When we got to the Visitor Center to purchase the pass, the Ranger assisting us was blind! He asked me if I was being honest about being 62; Jim and I had a good laugh about that.
On Thursday we went to Perdido Vineyards in Perdido, Alabama (www.perdidovineyards.net). Great wine tasting, none like we have ever experienced. Usually you get to taste 3-4 wines but this place we got to taste whatever we wanted, and the lady who poured was very generous. We had to stand for the wine tasting as they did not have a table for guests to sit at. They also make their own vinegars, which I thought was fascinating - the lady just talked and talked about how to use all of them (www.casperdido.com). Jim got to talking with the owner (Jim Eddins) and ended up going into the back warehouse where he brewed other beverages. They were in there for over an hour so I took the girls and walked the grounds and then sat in the sun.
The next day we met up with Lavon and went to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola on the Naval Air Station base. The museum has airplanes, helicopters, and other exhibits from WWI through the present. We experienced life on an aircraft carrier with a virtual carrier flight deck simulation. While we were there the base had a changing of the guard - one commander was retiring and another taking their place so there was a huge ceremony going on while we were there. I have a lot of pictures of the museum but I am not posting them here. If you are interesting in seeing them, please click on the "My Trip Journal" link at the top of the page.
On Saturday afternoon we went skeet shooting at the gun range, which is just down the road from our resort. Lavon joined us for the afternoon, and of course, Jim beat both of us. He got about 11 hits; Lavon about 4 and I got 2. Looks like we need more practice.)