Happy New Year!

As the clock hit midnight, we watched the time change and rung in the New Year with the humming of our Sonicare toothbrushes and the all too common pitter pat of rain on the roof. Yes, we made it till midnight, not without some snacking, dozing off a couple times and the dogs pacing back and forth from the sound of fireworks.

We made the most of our last day of 2013, leaving the house at 8 a.m. on December 31 to experience Pensacola, Florida. What better way to spend the last day of the year than adding two more states to the list that we’ve visited this year? Alabama -√ , Florida-√ .

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Papa in Florida and Alabama at the same time

Michele told us about this famous location called The Flora~Bama Bar, that would be our first destination.  The writing was on the walls when we arrived.  Literally, everywhere there was writing on the walls!

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It would take days to read all the writing on the walls

There was also Bra’s hanging on a wire from end to end in this bar, Victoria’s Secret could probably start a store there with how many are hanging around.

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Who knew there were Bra-nners out there like this

Mitch and I went and walked on the beach for a few minutes, unable to truly enjoy the white soft sandy beach because it was so windy, and cold.

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We had the beach to ourselves, but didn’t partake of the lounging due to weather

Unfortunately, my theory about the south being warm for the winter has been way off. It has been rainy, cloudy and cool for 77% of the time.  Yes, I calculated it with hard data, charts and graphs to get that percentage (no I didn’t! I am guessing. But it seems like it.)

Our next destination of the day was the Pensacola Lighthouse.

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Pensacola Light House

Who knew it was on the Pensacola Naval Base?! To our surprise they have quite a few things on the base that civilians are allowed to visit.  The lighthouse history was fascinating and supposedly has its own ghost. Ghost hunters, the TV show did an episode about it.

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There are 177 steep, somewhat scary stairs to go up to reach the top, and once you are outside, on the catwalk the wind is howling.

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Papa went up one flight, to the little room they had off to the side and watched the video about Ghost Hunters

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Look who’s down below

When we made it back down, we had legs of jello for the next hour.

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Can you say STEEP!

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The inside of the “lamp”. It has to move continuously or will light things afire

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the few final steps to the top

The cost to tour the lighthouse ranges from 4-6 dollars.

my darlin husband waiting for me on the way down

my darlin husband waiting for me on the way down

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The guys in front of the lighthouse building

To our surprise it was free to go to the National Naval Aviation Museum that was across the street. There’s so much to see and learn about at the Museum.

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The Naval Museum in Pensacola

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The Blue Angels plane

It was massive.  I got lost twice trying to find Dad, who got lost and didn’t have his phone on him and Mitch was waiting for us both times.

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one of the many planes inside the huge hanger of the museum

We decided to have lunch at the deli they had inside.  It was good food, but not enough for what it cost.

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More planes!

The drive took 2 ½ hours one way, so we realized we had better start heading home since we had a party to get to at 7:30. Beautiful Bay Hide Away’s New Years Eve Bash!

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Yes, that’s are real fire, oh so warm and inviting

We had a great time getting to know some new folks, ate some yummy snacks and counted down to the New Year for other parts of the world, like Puerto Rico and San Juan.

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The happy cute couple from New York

It’s been established with years past that nobody makes it till midnight here, so the celebration and countdown is on each hour we’re all together.

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So adorable she is! Festive and fabulous Michele

We rang in the New Year at 8, 9 and 10 o’clock, and by 10:30 we were all heading home.

Our time’s up for us here at Bay Hide Away on the 3rd of January, and our plan is to head back to the desert, dryer and warmer weather.  We had initially planned to go further east, but based on weather, we are going to high tale it back west.  I don’t know if I can explain how wet it’s been around these parts.

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Water that won’t soak in

Did I tell you that my Milk duds are wet from this humidity?  It’s like someone took each dud, licked it and put it back in the box!  Papa’s camper is leaking again, and with all this rain and cool weather patching it is a challenge. It’s so wet here; there’s seaweed in the grass.

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Seaweed amuck in the grass

I ‘m grateful for the rain in the aspect that it slowed us down and we really relaxed!  Everyone needs nothing to do sometimes! We’re so thankful for this experience, and the wonderful people here! I feel as if we’ve made lifelong friends and are better people for having gotten to know these folks.

Joe and Michele served up a traditional southern New Year’s Day meal for everyone to enjoy today.  It’s meant to bring property, health and wealth! We ate everything on our plate, no point in passing up good fortune and it was delicious fixings! Thanks so much you two, for everything!

What will this New Year bring?

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Hey hey its a party!

Only time will tell. Our options are endless, as are yours.  The beginning of last year this idea of traveling the country was just a fleeting almost impossible dream, and then we made it happen.  It’s the action that’s taken to follow a  dream, to make it come true.  Don’t wait for it to come to you! Get out there and make it happen. We hope that whatever your dreams may be, you take yourself out of your way and seize the day, and don’t forget to pray!

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