January 22, 2007

Back From Pensacola

I’m back from Pensacola, FL where I was visiting a paternal uncle to celebrate his 60th birthday over the weekend.

Originally, there was to be a big family party, but delays in getting his new house built turned it into a weekend with just my dad, me, my uncle and my aunt.

The Pensacola area is beautiful with its white sands and blue ocean. It was a quick trip, but I was able to get up really early on Saturday morning and briefly read my book on the balcony of our condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We all stayed at The Pearl on Navarre Beach because of the house situation. You can see the big condo building in this satellite photo. A few pictures will be showing up in my Flickr photo stream in the next few days.

They’ve got great seafood there, and at times it seemed like we spent the whole trip eating. We visited McGuire’s Irish pub, Crabs, another seafood restaurant whose name escapes me, and Chateaubriand prepared by my uncle and aunt. Simply amazing food. The seafood is wonderful (we sampled grouper, catfish, flash-fried calamari, shrimp, fried oysters and crab while we were there) but the Chateaubriand was the highlight. I have to look into preparing this myself, but the aged cut of meat is not cheap!

We also took a quick trip to the impressive National Museum of Naval Aviation, a big building chock full of aircraft. Chock full. I’ve never seen so many jets, helicopters, planes, and parts of blimps before in my life.

It was a great visit, and my uncle’s hospitality took the edge right off my usual discomfort with traveling. Glad to be home! I missed Maggie and the kids.

Posted by James at January 22, 2007 11:29 AM
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