11/23/18 Pensacola, FL.

DAY #35

Spent the day wandering around historic Downtown Pensacola, and found it to be an interesting and vibrant area.  I like how Pensacola has embraced its history, and taken efforts to keep it alive.

So sit back and check out some photos from the historic district of Downtown Pensacola.

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This was the location of that F.W. Woolworth store.DSC_0056 (2).JPG

I have to confess, I took these photos on Thanksgiving which is why it’s so quiet.  Actually went into Pensacola on Thanksgiving and did the Mirror & Laundry thing on Friday.  (is this what they call literary licence?).DSC_0050 (2).JPGDSC_0044.JPGDSC_0048 (3).JPGDSC_0029 (2).JPG

What I like about downtown is it still is a functioning area.  Well no longer the center of Commerce for the city, it has become one of Pensacola’s go to entertainment sectors with its numerous bars and restaurants.DSC_0035 (1).JPGDSC_0031 (3).JPG

There seems to be kind of a french feel to a number of buildings.  DSC_0041 (3).JPGDSC_0021 (3).JPGDSC_0020 (1).JPGDSC_0033 (3).JPGDSC_0024 (4).JPG

The Downtown area has two squares.  Each are thick with old oak trees and man, the acorns covered the ground like grass.  At one of the plazas, ironically the one with the fewer acorns, were squirrels in the number I’ve not seen in such a small space.DSC_0032 (3).JPG

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Thought I’d take a picture of this before someone or some group gets up in arms and it’s removed.DSC_0028 (3).JPGDSC_0004 (3).JPG

Some other interesting buildings in the Historical Downtown area.DSC_0036 (2).JPGDSC_0037 (3).JPGDSC_0057 (2).JPG

Some of the old houses found within the historical district, all in very nice condition.DSC_0013 (1).JPGDSC_0014 (1).JPGDSC_0019.JPGDSC_0006 (4).JPGDSC_0011.JPGDSC_0008 (1).JPG

Next to this house was an orange tree full of ripe oranges.  So Cool…DSC_0009 (4).JPGDSC_0007 (3).JPGSeeing the style of architecture in the houses around here, I’ve come to really appreciate it.  Simple yet with a hint of grandiose.

Did a fair amount of walking around (which is good) and had a solid day in the city.  Drove back to camp and called it a day.

An example of what you would have seen driving down the road in the 1940s.DSC_0001 (2).JPG

11/22/18 Pensacola, FL

DAY #34

Thanksgiving 2018,

What am I thankful for? (Not all-inclusive)

  • For having been given the opportunity to take this journey.
  • For being in good health & mind (in spite of myself).
  • I’m thankful for the life I’ve been given to live.

Special Shout Outs:

Marcia.  She gave me life.  She took me from a world of mediocrity to one where “the sky’s the limit,” and she gave it with unconditional love.  I think of her as an angel sent by God to show me the way, and I am so thankful for that.  When Marcia came into my life (again, in spite of myself, I was such an idiot), everything changed, it was like the sun rose and it never set, not another day did I walk in the dark.  God, I miss her so much.  I’m thankful that the day will come when we’ll be together again.

Kathy, Roxanne, Margaret (Ed), Steve (Lee Ann), Nancy (Jeff).  Marcia’s siblings.  If you searched for a thousand years, you would not find more special, caring people.  To be able to be with them as family is like winning the World Series, Superbowl, Stanley Cup, Oscar, and Nobel Prize on the same day.

Sharon (Marc).  I’m blessed to have such a special sister.  I got to tell you, when you have a family like I do, you really do have everything!


The day was a low key affair.  Didn’t do much (gee there’s a shock), spent most of the day hanging around the trailer and watched some football.

Being alone on this day wasn’t a lonely one for me.  Sure the family and I were separated in body, but they were with me in thought (and spirit) and I’m thankful for that.  I feel so sad for people who have no one in their lives.  that’s a cold, hard and scary alone.

I did go out to Walmart in the late afternoon (4:30 pm), and bought some paint to touch up a few spots on the trailer ceiling, and a mirror which I stuck Velcro on the back and stuck to the bathroom wall.  Curious to see how long that stays up.  When I got to Walmart I noticed about five police vehicles outside and when I went into the store, there were employees everywhere.  Seems “Black Friday” was soon to start at Walmart (6:00 pm). and I was there a tad before.  After finding out what was going on, I felt like a minnow with the sharks beginning to gather outside.  Quickly found the paint & mirror and vamoosed out of there.  The other biggie for the day was to do some laundry.  This State Park doesn’t’ have laundry facilities so I had to go outside the campground.

Another day in the life…