FullSizeRender-3So far … our favorite beach is where Gloria and Tony live … Satellite Beach! Not only because they are there but also has pristine sand, calm waves, shells and beach glass plus it is very private … you have the whole beach to yourself … none of those pesky tourists (ha, ha, ha).

Before going onto another beach scene … here’s a car commercial. Well, not really but here are some really cool cars.

Our cousin Ben invited us to a car show near Stuart, FL and we checked it out. His red corvette is pretty sweet! Good burgers and hot dogs too … thanks Ben. And congrats on winning the car washing/waxing package. Your corvette will outshine them all!

After leaving the Savannas area, we headed up to Melbourne to get our motorhome worked on. While driving down the road, two brake warning lights came on so we figured it would be good to have them looked at. After a couple of days at a nearby Ford dealer, they checked the brake system and reset the computer system. Now we are ready for the road again!

At our campground we met Fern and Dave during happy hour time. Wonderful people! Fern was very helpful when we accidentally ripped down a palm tree leaf with our awning while pulling out. She came to our rescue with her handy-dandy awning pole to help us unwind the leaf out. Thanks again Fern!

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Next we headed to Umatilla, FL and visited cousin Patricia. We exchanged having dinners together at our place and then her home (different nights not two dinners). Although we cheated and got pizza and calzones from a local restaurant. The next day we all went to a nearby flea market after seeing an open house with her. Great to catch up with you Patricia!

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Nearby we met Jenny, Todd and their dog Duke for a night out in The Villages. OK, the dog didn’t come out with us but only because we took golf carts. It was fun hanging out with you guys! Never a dull moment and nice meeting your neighbors too.

 

We squeezed in a trip to explore Alexander Springs in the Ocala National Forest. Beautiful swimming area with crystal clear water and nice walking trails.

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Now back to the beaches … travelled to the Pensacola area for more amazing sights! And free … Pensacola Beach has no admission or parking fees! It’s getting close to Spring Break so the college population is growing.

Pensacola is also known for its U.S. naval base which hosts the Blue Angels. We visited the lighthouse and the National Aviation Museum, which also has free admission, and got to see the angels flying overhead. It was the “Day without Women” so Bob was wearing his red shirt while viewing the “Women in Naval Aviation” exhibit.

Today’s journey was to a place we discovered last year … the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Perdido Key. We followed the beach road all the way into Alabama to have a bite to eat and cocktail at “The Gulf.” A very relaxed place which uses old metal shipping containers for the structure and reclaimed materials for decor.

Tomorrow we leave Pensacola and head towards New Orleans. We will miss this area, the friends and family we visited, and our picturesque campsite. Best view from our front window so far!