On the way home from Texas, we decided to relax in Pensacola Beach for a few days. Also, it was a useful place to renew my military ID! We were only there a few days and spent most of one of those days at Ft Pickens. If you are not interested at all in old forts, you may want to skip the first 9! Image 1-1 is an outside window in which there were growing things. We took a tour with a wonderful guide/intern, whose name I can't recall. He told about the history of the place and its demise. Image 1-2 shows how they painted interior walls of the officer's quarters white to help it seem lighter as well as keep down the mildew. Much of the brick work is still original, but there have been many restorations to prevent the place from deteriorating into nothing. Image 1-4 clearly shows the drippings from the lime (like little stalactites) and chemicals in the mortar and cement. 1-5 is one of the stairways up to the battlements. Nice lines! Image 1-6 show more dripping but also the placements for the large guns...the semicircles on the ground. Image 1-7 is a fun zoom down one of the corridors full of what appear to be storage areas (1-8) for ammunition. 1-9 shows one of the old canons and a rack of accessories required to operate the canon.
After the fort, we went to the National Museum of Naval Aviation (1-11). We had been there years ago but love to see it. Blue Angels aren't practicing yet, but one of their retired planes is on display out front (1-10). Due to the shooting on the base on December 6, the base is only open to DOD people (military, retired, etc.) and family so the museum was NOT crowded at all. We weren't able to spend much time, but we did happen to encounter a gentleman who spent a good deal of time with us. He was Duane D. Thiessen, USMC retired and President and CEO of the Museum Foundation! 1-12 is a picture of the SBD Dauntless, a survivor of Pearl Harbor and the only known survivor of the Battle of Midway (I think). He showed us covered up bullet holes and the canvas covered vents that help make the dive bombing possible. What an opportunity!
Though weather was gray (as usual), we went over to the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, which wasn't open. Walked out the boardwalk to the beach and got a great look at the light from there (1-13). Got a couple of views of the light with an emphasis on Jeremiah, the Lightkeeper pelican (1-15). He is one of many art pelicans in the Pensacola area. On his wings are representations of the old light and the new. Just across the street is Germalican (1-17). He was donated by the 2nd German Air Force at Sherman Field at NAS Pensacola. We had seen some of the pelicans downtown, but not these two! Image 1-18 is painted on one of the hangars at Sherman Field and tells the whole story of a Naval Air Station: Fly-Fight-Win. Good advice.
That's it for this trip. Due to Covid19, we aren't going anywhere for awhile so we may have to just put up some favorites from other trip. Stay tuned....