Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Unexpected Surprise

In my case, it is the unexpected surprises in life that seem to bring the most enjoyment.Since we bought the mountain getaway a few months ago we decided we wanted a new SUV with at least front wheel drive if not 4WD. The latter being so hard to come by in the deep south that you really have to order it if you want one we decided to look for a front wheel with all the bells and whistles. After spending about two months on line looking at different new cars and all their ratings we decided on the Honda CRV-XLT. Within a 300 mile radius, Pensacola Honda had the car we wanted at the best price. So off we go to Pensacola............



We decided up front we would spend the night on Pensacola Beach in a room facing the ocean!
This was the view from the room...........


Right above the pool........it was very windy and storms were rolling in so both the beach and pool were empty.....




Which made it so beautiful and calming........



Before going to pick up the new car the next morning we decided to ride out to Fort Pickens which is in the Gulf Islands National Park...........



We didn't know much history on the fort but learned that it built in 1829 to protect Pensacola Bay. During the Civil War it was never held by the Confederate Army and it was later used to imprison Geronimo. As it turned out we were there on the 150th Anniversary of the firing on Ft. Sumter which began the Civil War!


We did not take the park ranger tour of the fort but we intend to go back there and spend the day soon and we want to take it, spend time on the beautiful beach and do some fishing. This park is really a gorgeous place!



What we didn't know when we decided to go out there was....on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the awesome Blue Angels from nearby Pensacola Navel Air Station do their practice maneuvers! What a WONDERFUL SURPRISE! Be sure to CLICK the pics for close ups!



We watched for about 45 minutes and it was just stunning!!!!!!!!!!!



I thought this guy was going to come down on us!






They did so many formations and I wasn't sure I was getting any pictures because of the sun.
I would just point and shoot! HA!





After that was over we stopped by Landon Beach Pier on our way out of the park. This is a gorgeous beach with a huge pavilion, showers and rest rooms......a perfect place to enjoy the beach.





This boat was stopped out there doing some fishing..........




I thought this piece of driftwood was pretty..........




We then went to pick up the new car and drive her home. I posted on FaceBook that I needed to go to school to drive this car.....I really wasn't joking! I'm scheduled on Monday to take a class at the local Honda dealer on how to program and operate all those bells and whistles!!



HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Sounds like a great way to combine business and pleasure!

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Kat said...

Don't ya just love those unexpected surprises! That was a very nice trip, the beach looks great, considering this time last year. And the Blue Angels, wow! Car is purdy too!

Nezzy said...

Congrats on the car, it is beautiful. I had to laugh just to hear they had classes to learn how to play with it's toys! Hehehee!

Your trip looked marvelous and seein' the Blue Angels was just the icin' on the cake.

God bless and have a wonderful day and fun with your new auto!!! :o)

Marguerite said...

Looks like ya'll had a nice little getaway in Pensacola! And your new Honda looks perfect for the mountains. Enjoy!

NitWit1 said...

My husband was stationed a Pensacola sometime before we were married; Key West too. His Mother was very ill and the Navy tried to get him as close to SC as they could but could not manage Charleston.

The Honda looks nice. I have a Hybrid Toyota Highlander with enough bells and whistles to keep me busy to this day and I have owned it 4 years. It is front wheel drive--my choice.


Glad you saw the Blue Angels. They are awesome. So is the driftwood.

I have been reading a lot since I got my Kindle, some classics, a lot of Max Lucado, a new writer's first novel who used to be a pharmacist (A Promise to Remember).

May just take Kindle to LR next week w/o computer.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Made me smile and good work on the wonderful photos! Nice car, too!

Merisi said...

What a wonderful treat to come with the car!

I hope you are safe.
Hugs,
Merisi

Brenda said...

What a wonderful getaway...loved your pictures. And the SUV is beautiful!

Sandi McBride said...

Great photos and grand vehicle!
What a combination, Carol!
Sandi

Merisi said...

I am thinking of you, Carol.
I hope you and yours are safe!
Warm hugs,
Merisi

Callie said...

Wow! A great car and a super trip to boot. Have a good weekend.

xinex said...

Love your Honda, Carol! Nice! We just drove from Pensacola last night too. We go there a lot to visit John's dad. How timely and lucky of you to see the Blue Angels perform at the same time. The beach is lovely, we go there a lot too and Fort Pickens. Everything looks so familiar!..Christine

Callie said...

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful time at your mountain retreat!

Cozy in Texas said...

I used to work near the naval air station and loved watching the Blue Angels fly by my window when they were in town. Lovely pictures.
Ann