Naval Air Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse

Oldest and I took a little trip out to the Naval Air Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse yesterday.

We wandered around the two buildings looking at old and new planes, reading up on historical things as we went.

It was not crowded at all yesterday, which was nice.  We were able to walk around without bumping into other folks.  When we got a little hungry, we at lunch at the café in the museum.

If you are ever in this area and care to visit the museum, please do so. It is a fun, informative, worthwhile trip.  Free entry, by the way.

Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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A Trip to the Veterans Memorial Park and River Walk

Hubby and I decided to take a little trip out to the Veterans Memorial Park and River Walk.  It was a nice morning and we needed to get out for a bit.

There are several statues and many bricks representing the many military folks that have served our country.  Some are still living and some are not.

I took a few pictures of this beautiful and peaceful area.  Hope you enjoy them.

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My Swallowtail Lace Shawl

I found this free pattern on Ravelry and it looked interesting.  Enough changes are in the pattern to keep it from becoming boring.

It does require one to pay attention to what you are doing.  It is not mindless knitting by any stretch of the imagination.   I did read many of the notes left by others and the one complaint, if you will, were the nupps.  I found them not to be a problem, but I attributed that to my ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular needles.  The points are very sharp on these needles which allows you to make the nupps without much difficulty.  I also created the nupps and then knitted them together through the back loop before continuing on with the row.  It was just easier for me to do it that way, than to purl 5 stitches together on the wrong side row.  But there are several YouTube videos on how to execute a nupp.

For this project I used Chroma Worsted in New Leaf and size US 9 needles.

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ETA:  I would suggest using a lifeline through out the knitting of this shawl as it is a royal pain in the ass to tink back when you make a mistake.  And, believe me, you will make a mistake, everyone does.  It is so much easier to frog back to a certain point (the lifeline)  than it is to tink back a row or two to correct a mistake.

Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

Youngest and I went on a short hike at Arcadia Mills Archaeological Site.  It is open sunup to sunset and is free to the public. (except for guided tours).

A lot has changed since we were last here.  There used to be one boardwalk area, then a footpath on somewhat rough terrain and a scare the hell out of you suspension bridge over the creek.  That has all been replaced with a boardwalk and steel and wood bridge over the creek.  There is still a short footpath of about 1/2 mile.  We trekked it all today.

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Perdido Bay Trail

This past Sunday I agreed to go on a 7+ mile hike with my youngest son.  I figured with me walking on the treadmill for an hour a day and walking the dog, I would be prepared for this hike.  I also figured it would take us about 3 hours max. It took us 5.5 hours…not what I expected.

I was SO WRONG!!!  After about 2.5 to 3 miles, fatigue set in.  I had to take frequent rest breaks.  I had episodes of shortness of breath which I attributed to the heat and humidity.  I drank lots of water, but still felt wiped out for the remainder of the trail.

I did manage to finish, thanks to the patience and encouragement of my son.  And, yes, I am going to do the trail again….when I am better prepared.  I plan to utilize shorter trails until this coming fall when I will again attempt this trail.

I did manage to get some photos of our trek.  There were places with standing water that we had to either walk through or find a way around.  Part of the trail passes the beach and part is a savannah like area…grasses and pine trees and no shade.  There were tons of tadpoles, baby toads and adult toads along the way.  And, of course, way too many gnats, mosquitoes, and no see ’ems flying around, biting and sucking blood.

ETA: Pay careful attention to your clothing.  Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing.  I wore jeans and a t-shirt.  The t-shirt was fine, but after a couple of hours the jeans felt like they weighed a 100 pounds.  And use an insect repellant and a sunscreen.  I did have on my Tilly hat which protected my face and neck.

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Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday) we decided to take a drive to Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park and take some photos of the area and especially the Pitcher Plants.

The park utilizes the honor system in collecting entry fees, which are cheap, by the way.  There is a small pavilion at the entrance and an information board about the 2 trails through the park.  One is about a mile or so long, round trip and the other is 7+ miles long, round trip.  We opted for the shorter one yesterday.

My youngest and I took quite a few photos of the trail and the bayou at its end.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Starting the New Year Off Right!

Happy New YearI think I am starting the New Year of 2015 off on the right foot.  I got up this morning got on the treadmill for 35 minutes and walked the dog for 15.

I unsubscribed from some email junk that I had been meaning to eliminate for awhile now. I also evaluated some of the groups I belong to and un-joined some.  One in particular had become a playground for petty, high school, juvenile crap.  I am too old for that nonsense and life is too short to spend time dealing with that idiocy.

Plan to spend time learning new techniques in knitting, crocheting and quilting this year.  I’d like to try my hand at some things I previously considered too hard or too time consuming.  Who knows, I might become the Guru of Crafts. :-)

What changes have you made or plan to make?