Thursday, January 22, 2009

Destin, Florida

We’re finally enjoying the beautiful white beaches and emerald blue waters along the Gulf of Mexico here on Florida’s panhandle. Florida surprised us with temps in the 20’s and low 30’s, but now it’s finally warming up with a temp of 58 outside! Yesterday, the boys donned their swim shorts and ventured out into the chilly water to their hips. “Brrrr,” beachcombers said as they walked by scanning for shells. We rode our bikes this evening to the beach, arriving just in time to watch the sunset. That’s when the boys decided to take a swim with the beautiful orange and red colors as a backdrop.
This is an ideal place for the Besch Boys as we power through school lessons, looking forward to recess at the beach. The sand here is unnaturally white, due to the quartz and lack of rivers dropping brown sediment. We’re preparing for Test 80, our 4th big round of tests this year, which will mark our halfway point.
From here, we’ll work our way down towards Tampa and St. Petersburg. We have reservations at Disney World’s onsite campground in Ft. Wilderness beginning Feb 1! Thanks to all of you who’ve passed on suggestions about fast passes, military discounts, etc.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I was down in Destin for much of December. If you get a chance, swing by the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola - one of the finest museums I've seen. Not only do they have a lot of planes you can get up close and personal with, but they've got a wonderful exhibit on life in the US in WWII, as well as life on a carrier. And if you go, make sure to walk through the restaurant/bar, brought over from NAS Cubi Point Officer's club. Fort Barrancas is about 1/2 mile from the museum, worth a walk around too (and there are tours at 2pm).

Your calendar sounds full, though. If you get a free afternoon, keep Pensacola in mind :)