Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pensacola Area, FL

The Pensacola area has many state parks and a national seashore among other things to check out and we have been busy trying to see as much as possible!  The weather has been mostly awesome so because today has been a rainy day, I'm getting a post out!

We met up with Mike's cousin, Dave, and Mary for this adventure and we'll be together for out next stop in Alabama:

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve
State Park

Big Lagoon
State Park

Great views of the
nice hiking and nature trails here!

the observation tower provides a very nice view of the waterway

this section of the national seashore is the "remote" Perdido Key Area
 Perdido Key is all about resorts, good food and plenty of drink;)  We had to check out the quirky Flora Bama beach bar and restaurant:

live music with a collection of discarded bras hanging over head

a half mile boardwalk takes you along the coast...

Mike, Mary and Dave (Mike's cousin) 

heading out on the boardwalk

nice little park!

Ended this day at
the Pensacola Bay

Pensacola does pelicans and we
saw them everywhere

these outdoor food trucks are actually air streams

a favorite in these parts,  a good Irish Red and good food!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ichetucknee Springs and Canoeing on the Santa Fe River, FL

While we were in High Springs we checked out a couple of beautiful clear springs in Ichetucknee Springs State Park.  Lovely setting and crystal clear water:

Bob, Jo and Mike on the trail to the springs

the dark hole in the middle of the water with the light halo is the spring

the cave under the spring is 580 feet long

a swimming area not far from the spring

couple of good brews here!
 Mike and I did a 4 hour canoe trip on the Santa Fe River.  What a peaceful way to spend the day!
Mike getting instructions on how to get into the canoe without ending up in the water;)

Hmmm, the ripples at the top of the pic give away the fact that this is a reflection!

Turtles are awesome!

Nice to get a shot of the back of
a red shoulder hawk

red shoulder in flight

blue heron keeping a low profile

saw 2 small gators on the river

ibis hanging out overhead

In 4 hours we saw only 2 other groups of people out on the water

nice day!

fresh mullet, swamp cabbage and fried chicken!  have I died and gone to heaven?!