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A rest area in the Florida Panhandle looks like a mountain forest.

First of all, fellow TravBuddies - I had no idea I had gotten the Writing Award!  I am absolutely blown away by the news.  Unfortunately I never learned of this until today.  I was unable to get a computer connection from September 28th to October 1st.  Thanks for all the congratulatory messages.  You cannot imagine how you have gladdened this old grandma's heart. 

 

Now ... today's entry ...

 

We got an early start, but Jag drove onto the freeway too quickly.  We wanted to go to a grocery store to pick up picnic salads.  Needless to say, we had to turn around (going 3 miles out of our way!) to return to the same street our motel was on. We made our purchases at Winn-Dixie, and then got back to I-10.  We spotted a sign for cheap (and that is, of course, relative in this day and age!) gas and joined the line-up of cars with the same idea.

The huge "flying bathtub" - 1917 first trans-Atlantic flight.
  At $3.39.9 per gallon, it was almost $.20 less than elsewhere.  People tried to jump the lines and I would not be surprised to learn that a fight broke out.  A couple of the pumps were working super-slowly and, in addition, those two did not automatically turn off when the tank was full. 

 

Traveling west on I-10 across Florida’s panhandle, I found a landscape completely different from the Florida peninsula.  Where the peninsula has palms, the panhandle has pines.  Where the peninsula is as flat as a pancake, the panhandle has hills and curving roads.    It is far more interesting than the sleep-inducing highways of peninsular Florida.  It is very beautiful indeed.

 

When we reached Pensacola we had decided to stop for a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum.

"Sam, Mira" and Ajja at Blue Angels exhibit
  Roada took us everywhere, but the place we wanted to see.  Dumb me: I decided to listen to her rather than follow the sign I saw pointing the way to the museum. Roada told us to turn left onto a road that was gated.  We turned back and she did everything her little transistors could think of to get us back to the dead-end road.  We finally ignored her and followed our instincts instead. 

 

The museum is very interesting, but so jammed with airplanes and other memorabilia; it becomes difficult to sort it out.  They have an airplane from 1917 to make the first trans-Atlantic crossing.  It is gigantic, but gets lost amidst all of the other aircraft on display.  The one exhibit that is truly awesome is one showing four jet aircraft formerly used by the famed Blue Angels precision-flying team  They are suspended at an angle in an atrium filled with sunlight.

"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie at Alabama Welcome Center
  Most impressive.

 

We had hoped to see the I-MAX film they were showing, but we did not want to arrive at our bed-and-breakfast in Mobile too late.  The timing was inconvenient.  We left via a much simpler and more direct route to the freeway, muttering to Roada that we might not trust her anymore!  Well, yes we will ... she is the trustworthiest director we could find (most of the time).  I think we are getting a bit museumed-out.

 

We made a short stop at … ta da … the Alabama Welcome Center.  Here we learned that we are now in the Central Time Zone.  There was no sign proclaiming this and the line was somewhere near Tallahassee!  We could have stayed to watch the movie after all.

Our pretty Berney/Fly B & B in Mobile, Alabama

 

Darling Roada followed the directions we had been given by the owner of the Berney-/Fly B&B.  We were so proud of her!  The house is a beautiful bright yellow color.  A portion of the house had been built in 1858.  Another section was from 1898 and another part was added on to the house in the early 1900’s.  The swimming pool is really gorgeous.  I hope we can make time to use it.  Our room is cozy, but not nearly as beautiful as the one we stayed at in Savannah.  Jag has declared that he does not really like staying at bed-and-breakfast inns.  He probably won’t admit it, but I suspect it is because they all cost more than $40 per night! 

 

We went to a terrific restaurant that was, happily, only three blocks away.

Front of National Naval Aviation Museum
  It is called the Bakery Café.  Jag and I split the main course and salads.  We had grilled pork chop and thought it would be one large one.  In fact, there were two large chops for the normal serving.  I cannot imagine how anyone could eat that much. 

 

It is early as I am typing this.  We plan to visit Bellingrath Gardens tomorrow.  The weather has been lovely and it should be perfect for visiting a beautiful garden.

yheleen says:
you earned the award well ;) congratulations again...
Posted on: Oct 05, 2008
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