Since our beach trip was sort of a guys' trip, the big idea to go to Pensacola to see the Blue Angels started getting tossed around. Kenneth thought this was a great idea since we would also get to see the Naval Aviation Museum. Since Kenneth and his brothers are Air Force brats, (and Mark will retire from the Air Force Reserves in August) an airplane is a big deal. Anyplace where there are hundreds of airplanes is even a bigger deal. So, we rode over to Pensacola. Which is not exactly next door. Not exactly. More like a two and a half hour trip. It was fine, since we stopped at one of the best places in the world:
You know what? It was actually worth the drive. I gotta say, those Blue Angels perform breathtaking stunts. I knew that Kenneth and John would love seeing them, but Julia and I enjoyed it too. Really.
The Naval Aviation Museum is also very interesting. I was surprised to see so many opportunities for "hands on" learning. Kids were climbing in and out of aircraft and there were several exhibits that offered science lessons in a fun, relate-able manner. Even a chick like me who is far more interested in a manicure than in Mach 3, got caught up in some of these. (Geek). While many were more suited to older kids, I think younger ones would enjoy the Imax movie as well as some of the huge aircraft on display.
On the way back, we stopped at The Black Pearl at Okaloosa Island. We all gave it 5 out of 5 fish.