Thursday, September 20, 2007

Boating on Big Lagoon

Pensacola Lighthouse, built in 1858Last week Jack's nephew Bill took us and his mother, Joan, out on his boat. It's usually a fishing boat for him and his son Ross, but he had converted it to a tour boat for the afternoon with some comfy lawn chairs for us. We went out of the Sherman Cove Marina at NAS Pensacola, the Cradle of Naval Aviation.

He's a retired Coast Guard officer so he can use the Naval Air Station's recreational facilities like the Sherman Cove Marina and the beach side cottages at Oak Grove Park where his family spent the weekend.

We had a wonderful time on the boat seeing NAS Pensacola from the water, the Pensacola Lighthouse and the city's skyline. We also went out into the Gulf of Mexico and saw lots of people on the beaches and sandbars fishing and drinking cold beverages.

I didn't get many good photos. It was my first time out in nature with the new digital camera and I was barely able to use it at all. But here are a few.

Photos from the new camera
On the right, the wall with the cannons on top is Fort Pickens, guarding the east side of Pensacola Pass. Fort McRee guards the west side of the Pass. It was my first time taking a photo using a zoom lens from a rocking boat.

Thanks, Bill. We had a great time.


Jae said...

I'm jealous... that must have been fun!

HawaiiVacationGifts said...

It's funny I just left a link
on Hawaii lighthouses in a comment to my friend, thought about you the time you bought the book on Hawaii lighthouses, and then came to your blog and saw this post!

Hawaii Superferry update, the judge ruled today that they have to get an EIS (environmental impact statement) before they can provide service to Maui, they may just pull out of Hawaii because they are losing 650,000.00 per week while their ferry sits idle.

Hey, did you read my "how to make a candy lei" post from last week yet?