It Doesn't Get Any Better in Pensacola, Florida!

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
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Trip End Jun 28, 2008


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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

You might ask why Pensacola?  Our main reason to go there was to visit Susan's Aunt and Uncle, but we also discovered some great history there.  It is the first settlement in the continental United States, founded in 1559.  (you history buffs will want to know that St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the continental United States 1565) Pensacola is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags" due to the five governments that have flown flags over it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States.
 
Our first day spent in the historic district was mostly at the T.T. Wentworth Museum http://www.historicpensacola.org/ and the guided tour of several historic homes dating from 1805 to early1900 and archeological sites from the old fort.  On the third floor of the museum the kids really enjoyed role playing in the fort/port/village play area.  They were able to dress up like Indians, village folks, blue coats and sailors and run around acting out history in the play area.
 
Susan's Uncle John and Aunt Jeanette were our wonderful hosts while in Pensacola.  They have an official license to spoil you while you are there and that's exactly what they did.  They both work for Abeka Books http://www.abeka.com/ which is connected to Pensacola Christian College http://www.pcci.edu/ so we were very fortunate to utilize the facilities and Pensacola Christian College which included ice skating, put-put golf, running track, and tossing a basket ball or two on the arena floor.  The kids had a blast ice skating and it will probably be the only time in their lives they will ever have the whole rink to themselves.
 
As the best hosts in Florida, John and Jeanette took a personal day off and treated us to a day at the beach with jet skis.  We're sure we will have to get two jet skis for the Johnsons, it's a need now. J   As Oregonians, our skin isn't use to all this sun, so 50 spf sun screen was the order of the day and it still burnt Will and Caden a bit.  Spending time in part of God's creation always brings our thoughts to the creator and we were sure thankful God created such a beautiful beach and day for us to enjoy.
 
We made it back in time to attend the mid week campus church service at Pensacola Christian College.  The worship service had full orchestra and three harps, very nice.  We enjoyed worshiping God in a 6500 seat church that was full of college age students.
 
Thursday found us back again in the historic district visiting the remaining sites we were not able to get in on the first day.  That afternoon we visited the Naval Aviation Museum.  It was a high light for the boys but the girls would much prefer Little House on the Prairie stops.  The museum was free and was quite large.  We suggest if you plan on visiting this museum make sure you plan enough time to see everything (that is if you have boys in your group).
 
One of the nice things about this trip was to spend time with those who share a hope in Jesus Christ.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visit getting to know John and Jeanette better, eating their good food, playing with their toys, and great conversations.
 
Our last half day spent in Pensacola was spent on the beach of course.  Check out the pictures of us on the beach where we open the door to the RV and you step right out on the beach.  Does it get any better than this?
 
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