Southern Exposure Day 1-2   Leave a comment

We began our 39 day Southern Exposure Adventure with orientation and a wonderful BBQ dinner at the local “Grover T’s” Restaurant.

After everyone soaked up all the information we bombarded them with;

They worked diligently at the task assigned to them.

Our group actually “gelled together” prior to our orientation. We had a few socials before orientation and found that this group LIKES TO PARTY.

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.

Check out these lobsters!

While driving around downtown Pensacola,

we saw the cutest little miniature house.

Upon returning to the RV Park, we found the next crew of Adventure Caravaners arriving at the park. Pat and Alice are the wagonmasters and Ken and Betty are the tailgunners. The biggest surprise of all was Kitty and BODADDY! What a great time we had.

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Posted February 24, 2014 by carolnbill in Travel

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