We’re off again on our 2nd annual summer road trip.  Our first stop was Pensacola, FL, the new home of our beloved Moondance.  When I contacted Mark and Mary, the new owners, they graciously offered to meet up and have drinks on the boat.  I had mixed feelings about seeing the boat.  I still miss our sailing adventures and have great memories of living aboard.  In reality though, I don’t miss the maintenance and anxiety of dealing with the weather!

We originally planned to just stop for one night in Pensacola but when I did some research and discovered that the #1 attraction was the Naval Air Museum, I knew we had to extend our stay.  As a real treat, Mark offered to give us a tour of the museum.  He’s a former Naval pilot and gave us so much more insight to the museum.
Naval Flight Museum
The museum is loaded with planes from the earliest days of flight through modern times. The large plane in this photo is the first plane to fly over the Atlantic.

Naval Flight Museum
Flying Tiger

Home of the Blue Angels
This is the home base for the Blue Angels. They were having a show the day we left. Oh well, we just saw them last month when they flew over our house for the Vero Air show.

Mark shows the F14 - He used to fly them!
Mark shows us his ‘baby’ – the F14 – He used to fly them!

Painting the Pensacola Lighthouse
We also got to see the Pensacola Lighthouse getting a new paint job

Pensacola
And of course we had to see the beach!

Mark and Mary - New owners of Moondance
The highlight of our visit was having happy hour on Moondance with Mark and Mary. They plan to go cruising next year and I can’t wait to read her blog!

Bailey makes himself at home on Moondance
Bailey makes himself at home on Moondance. He even chased the birds away!

We left Pensacola this morning and ended up in Lake Charles, LA. It’s just a stop-over. Although we found a great restaurant and took a peek at the lake, it seems the highlight of this town is gambling (ugh!)

Tomorrow, we’re off to Austin, TX.

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