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Day 1-3

We began our 41 day Southern Exposure adventure with a wonderful lunch of ham and pulled chicken sliders, pasta and tossed salad, dessert, and a rum punch.

Our first tour day started at the National Naval Aviation Museum with an IMAX and a guided tour to learn about the Naval Aviation history.

“Sky King” was a name I haven’t heard in ages. The plane pictured below left is a plane just like the one in the show. The plane pictured below right is an L-10 Electra, the model Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world in 1937, when it disappeared during a leg of the flight between Lae, New Guinea and Howland Island – one of history’s unsolved mysteries.

My favorite part of the whole museum was the Blue Angels. Bill and I are so lucky that we live near Annapolis and are able to see them fly for the Naval Academy graduation every year.

They are amazing.

Next stop was Patti’s Seafood for a tour of their shipping center. Below left is an “ocean” shrimp boat that has been docked for quite a while since it has a fuel tank of 27,000 gallons for its long journeys out and it’s difficult to make a profit with today’s fuel prices. Below right is a “Gulf” shrimp boat, which is still in use.

The shrimp are usually flash frozen within 10 minutes after being caught, so the frozen shrimp that you buy is probably more fresh than any fresh shrimp that you can purchase. I found out that shrimp can actually be frozen, thawed and refrozen 3 or 4 times over. We also got a lesson in how to cook them. Start them in cold water, bring them to a boil and as soon as it foams, it’s done!

You can find all kinds of fish and shellfish at Patti’s. Below is a box of cooked crayfish ready for shipping. I never realized how small they were.

Before returning home, we enjoyed a guided tour around Pennsicola Beach. Below is probably one of the strangest houses I’ve ever seen. Looks like a UFO. As it happens, it is a rental, but you can only rent the bottom level. No one is permitted in the upstairs level. No, the owner does not live up there, but for some reason, they don’t allow anyone else up there. Hmmmmmm

Last stop was the Gulf Shores to see the white sand.

Our drive to the next stop proved just how white the sand is. As we were driving down the road, it looked like snow on the dunes.

Of course the fog didn’t help much. Except for the warmer climate, I felt like I was in the middle of a snowstorm.

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