On the last part of Friday’s ride, we passed Blue Angel Parkway, which leads into Naval Air Station Pensacola, the home of the National Naval Aviation Museum. We did not detour to visit it on Friday, but after reading Marcia and Nancy’s comments about how they could not believe Sullivan boys could possibly pass up a museum, I felt I just had to go back and visit it! Plus my friend Brian Zuchowski from Palmdale highly recommended it to me, so instead of riding today, I decided to take the day off and go to the museum. I felt rested enough to ride (I had the best night’s sleep in about a month on Friday!), but really wanted to go to the aviation museum, which I had never visited.
I arrived a few minutes after 9 a.m., shortly after it opened, and spent about 2 hours there, which was just about enough time for what I wanted to see – mainly the WWII aircraft. I hope you like looking at planes, because that’s what most of my blog will be.
If you’re still with me, the next two photos have a family connection. During WWII, my uncle Paul Gallagher served at NAS Pensacola, and was an instructor teaching Navy pilots how to fly the North American Aviation SNJ aircraft. I took two photos of the SNJ.
After visiting the museum, I returned to our hotel and picked up Beth. We had a nice lunch at a nearby Panera Bread and then went to a Barnes and Noble bookstore, since I was nearly done reading one of the two books I brought on this trip. By the time we made it to the Holiday Inn Express in Crestview, Mark and Tim were already there relaxing in the pool’s hot tub. We all relaxed in the afternoon, and then Tim and I went to Saturday night mass at Our Lady of Victory Church in Crestview. Our proof of admission is a photo their church bulletin (see below).
Tim and I returned to the hotel after Mass, picked up Beth and Mark, and then went to an excellent dinner at the Wild Onion in Crestview.
Tomorrow’s ride is all the way to Marianna, FL, which is about 92 miles from our hotel. Wish me luck!