|Our campsite at Fort Pickens, Gulf Shores National Sea Shore|
We rode our bikes to Fort Pickens to tour the old historic fort and watch the Blue Angels perform their practice runs from the Navel air bass across the bay in Pensacola, FL. We just happened to catch there performance as they only fly on a set schedule that can be influenced by weather conditions. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time. We felt blessed to have witnessed one of the finest precision air teams on the planet.
|Cannon on top of Fort Pickens where we watched the Blue Angles preform|
|Barbara near the large Cannon on top of Fort Pickens|
|Pensacola Lighthouse Museum, near the Naval Aviation Museum|
|Barbara getting ready to climb to the top of Pensacola Lighthouse|
|177 Steps to the top|
|View of the Navel Air Base from the top of the lighthouse, home of the Blue Angels|
|View of the National Navy Aviation Museum for the top of the lighthouse|
|Barbara climbing aboard the presidential helicopter used by Nixon at the National Navy Aviation Museum|
|Radar Equipped aircraft on exhibit at the National Navy Aviation Museum|
|The Concord flying amphibious aircraft that landed in Japan|
at the end of World War II to end the conflict with Japan,
General Sherman and General Nimitz were onboard.
|A vintage restored flying boat built in 1917, saw service during World War I|
|The Blue Angels exhibit at the National Navy Aviation Museum|
|A classic Lockheed L-10 Electra similar to the one Emelia Earhart|
attempted to fly around the world years ago.
She disappeared and her & the Electra were never found
I always like to include images of wildlife in my posts during our travels. I was fortunate to spot some of my favorite birds and a small mammal on our ventures through the trails here at the Gulf Shores National Sea Shore. Enjoy!
|Great Blue Heron|
|Red Winged Black Bird|
|A small field mouse enjoying a meal next to the Fort Pickens nature trail|