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North America’s Oldest City, Part 2…

PLAN FOR THE DAY. It was bright and beautiful this morning, but there was also a brisk, chilly wind. We decided to visit a national monument in the colonial district and then take a look at Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth Park. I was pretty sure that if I could consume a pint of … Continue reading »

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North America’s Oldest City, Part 1…

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA. As we prepare to leave Florida after so much time in the state, our last stop is St. Augustine, located on the Atlantic coast of eastern Florida. It’s the oldest city in North America. In fact it predates Jamestown and Plymouth by decades. It was founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro … Continue reading »

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Kennedy Space Center…

WE TOOK A TOUR BUS. From Orlando, it’s just over an hour’s drive to the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, adjacent to Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean. We left “home” early with our friends Ben and Suzanne and arrived at KSC on schedule in about an hour. The Space Center is huge, with lots … Continue reading »

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Bok Tower Gardens and Pinewood Estate…

A GOOD DAY FOR A PICNIC. Yesterday would have been a good day for a picnic in central Florida. The skies were clear and a gentle breeze softened the upper 70’s temperature in the afternoon. The problem is that we hadn’t thought about a picnic when we began a drive down Highway 27…we were just “looking … Continue reading »

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Tiffany Art in Orlando…

A RAINY DAY. Today was overcast and drizzly, so it seemed like a good day for an outing we could enjoy indoors. We had read about a large collection of Tiffany art on display in the nearby suburb of of Winter Park, so we decided to pack up for the day and take a look. We’re … Continue reading »

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Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow…

NOVEMBER 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY WEEKEND. What better way to celebrate Veterans Day Weekend than to attend the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The show celebrates not only the holiday weekend, but the 70th Anniversary of the Blue Angels team as well.

Categories: Armed Forces, Florida, History, Holidays, People, Special occasions, World War II | 2 Comments

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival…

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 PENSACOLA’S GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL. This is a popular arts festival held each year in Pensacola. More than 200 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers and others display their works. Craft artists demonstrate traditional arts, crafts and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning and weaving. Live musicians entertain with music ranging from bluegrass to Cajun to … Continue reading »

Categories: Florida, History, People, Special occasions | 8 Comments

My trip to San Diego…

OCTOBER 12, 2016. Mum’s been the word about our future plans. But that’s only because we hadn’t formulated them until now. We’ve made some decisions and plotted our course, so in short order I’ll let you know “what’s next.” And perhaps after you know where we’re headed you’ll have some suggestions for us. What to see and … Continue reading »

Categories: Alabama, Animals, California, Florida, History, San Diego | 3 Comments

REO Speedwagon…

REPRESENTING A ROCK STAR. All divorce lawyers dream of representing high-profile clients. As you’ll remember, I’ve previously introduced you to NFL Hall of Fame member Fred  Biletnikoff and to Eddie Feigner, whose “King and His Court” fast pitch four man baseball team toured the country and sent many a Major League player back to the dugout. … Continue reading »

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Lunch, dinner and a movie…

JULY 27, 2016 NEW FRIENDS. We continue to be blessed with new friends. With opportunities to meet fellow travelers whose stories are very different from our own. Opportunities to be with them and watch them perform. Opportunities never have had if Florence and I hadn’t taken a risk and embarked on our Great American Adventure a … Continue reading »

Categories: Eateries, Florida, History, Museums, People, World War II | 4 Comments

Keeping you occupied…

KEEPING YOU OCCUPIED. Something is wrong. Dreadfully wrong. I knew it from the moment I climbed out of bed this morning. I’m an early riser because I need a little quiet time to myself every morning before I start throwing the ball. I need a little time in the bullpen. That’s when I plan the … Continue reading »

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Saying goodbye to the Blues…

NAVAL AIR STATION, PENSACOLA.  Naval Air Station, Pensacola is the only game in town. As employer and as home-away-from home to countless sailors of all ages, both enlisted men and officers, the United States Navy dominates the scene. It’s what the town of Pensacola is all about. And the real star of the show is … Continue reading »

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Like a chicken with its head cut off…

  WHAT’S COME OVER YOU, GREG? “You’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off. You were so sluggish while you were ill that we’d almost forgotten you could move this fast. So what’s up?” “Here’s the deal. Eight months ago the doctors told my wife I had only a few hours to … Continue reading »

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Happy Fourth of July…

FOURTH OF JULY, 2016. Independence Day! We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. That document declared the young American colonies to be the United States of America and no longer part of the British Empire. This most historic of days in our nation’s history is typically celebrated with fireworks, parades, … Continue reading »

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Kona Shaved Ice on a Super-Hot Day…

DEAR GREG, I’M A LITTLE CONFUSED. “I’m a little confused. I thought yours was a travel blog…and it was when you started your Great American Adventure in 2013. But recently you began adding posts about people you’ve met, former clients like professional athletes,  your personal reflections, humor, cooking, the book you’re writing (“My Life in Court) and now … Continue reading »

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Sweet Home Alabama…

“SWEET HOME ALABAMA” SONG LYRICS. 1974.  “Sweet home Alabama Where the skies are so blue Sweet Home Alabama Lord, I’m coming home to you.” ANOTHER POWERFUL THUNDERSTORM. Now back in Pensacola after our day at the Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, I sit by our balcony window marveling at the powerful and dramatic thunderstorm which has … Continue reading »

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Mobile Carnival Museum…

  ABOUT AN HOUR’S DRIVE FROM PENSACOLA. Since arriving in the southern states, we’ve both wanted to see the Carnival Museum in Mobile. Fun for the entire family, like the Aviation Museum in Pensacola. It’s a small yet renowned museum in Alabama with an extensive collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia-a place where the history of … Continue reading »

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