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Apr 14, 2014 by Arthur

Naval Museum

Pensacola is home to the National Naval Aviation Museum. And it’s the world’s largest naval aviation museum with more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space…and the admission is $0.

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Apr 12, 2014 by Arthur

What a Life!

Looking for a place to relax? Want a place to feel the air push through your hair or hear the sounds of the surf rolling up on the beach? Have we got a spot for you!

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Jan 31, 2014 by Arthur

Flat Visits Royal Palm

Flat Eric enjoys hiking the trails in the Everglades, especially since he doesn't have to walk and is carried everywhere, but he particularly enjoyed being on the Anhinga and Gumbo-Limbo trails at Royal Palm Visitor Center.

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Jan 31, 2014 by Bonnie

Snakes!

In the Everglades, we’ve been privileged to attend several ranger programs. We went on a canoe trip through the ponds and mangrove swamps, where we saw a huge crocodile! We also went on a driving trip to learn about the flora and fauna in all its diversity at different sites in the park. We attended several talks, and learned about manatees, crocodiles and alligators, and even “animal romance.” Did you know that the Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together?

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Jan 21, 2014 by Bonnie

On the Road Again—Florida Redux

Weeeee’re baaaaacccck! Yes, the Joyces have begun their wandering again. On January 15, after spending the holidays with our family in north Georgia, we hit the road again, heading for warmer places. And just in time! We just missed the recent Arctic weather that has wreaked havoc across the eastern United States. It has been great to be in sunny (but not always warm) Florida during this time.

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Nov 07, 2013 by Arthur

Where No Man Has Gone Before

I’ve always had a bent toward science fiction as a kid. . .and even as an adult. When Star Trek came on the air in 1966, my wife told me about it and I was interested to see the show. And since that first exposure. . .I was hooked and have been a Trek fanboy ever since. So when the opportunity came to visit the Space Center in Houston, I was anxious to see all I could see because my imagination had been fanned by the science fiction to see the real thing. But to my surprise, one of the first items I came across was the Galileo from the NCC-1701, Enterprise!

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Nov 06, 2013 by Bonnie

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

That’s the name of a 1970 book by H. R. Rookmaaker. I’ve never read the book, and although I’d like to read it someday, in a way the title says it all. One doesn’t need to be an art expert to see a connection between the death of civilization and the gradual degradation of all the artistic media as culture has become divorced from the meaning and purpose that comes from being children of God. Our experiences in the world of art one day really reinforced this conclusion.

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Nov 04, 2013 by Arthur

Remember the Alamo

When someone mentions “The Alamo,” perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind is the ballad of “Davy Crocket” and the Walt Disney portrayal of Fess Parker as the Tennessee hero who fought and died defending the Alamo.

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Nov 01, 2013 by Arthur

Bat Flight

This video wasn't taken by us, but was on YouTube. Cameras were not allowed at the Bat Flight show.

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Oct 30, 2013 by Bonnie

Desert Wanderings

Unlike the Israelites, we only spent two and a half weeks in the desert. Even so, the terrain often reminded us of our trip to the Holy Land, with lots of wilderness! When we started across I-10 (or “the ten” as the locals say), I wondered how we would find things to see along the way. Surely we had seen the most amazing sights already. But I was in for a surprise! Look at the sample of things that we did after leaving Phoenix!

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Oct 25, 2013 by Arthur

Prayer Garden

In Western Phoenix, Phillip Williams pastors a small Baptist church called, “Church of the Valley.” We were looking for a place to park our van and spend the night so we pulled into the church parking lot and noticed that there was a light on in the church.

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Oct 24, 2013 by Bonnie

Phoenix, the “Wright” Country

Since Phoenix (actually suburban Scottsdale) was the winter residence of Frank Lloyd Wright and his school of architecture, Taliesin West, (they spent summers at their primary home, Taliesin, in Wisconsin), a lot of what we did there was to visit some of his many projects in the area.

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Oct 22, 2013 by Arthur

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park, located in Southern California near Palm Springs, is a park named after a tree that has a very “Dr. Seuss” kind of appearance. These trees are mostly found, however, in the Mojave Desert portion of the park. Though you’ll also find them growing next to a saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona or mixed with pines in the San Bernadino Mountains.

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Oct 22, 2013 by Arthur

Sand is our Friend

We love sand! It’s fun to play with and to walk on too. We like going to the beach where we can make sand castles and write in the sand, only to see it washed clean when the first wave rolls into shore. But sometimes . . .

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Oct 14, 2013 by Bonnie

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

That song has been going around in my mind for some time, even now, nearly a week after we left. Undoubtedly our time in San Jose was a big highlight of our trip—visiting Daniel and Dia in their home for the first time, going on delightful outings with them, going to church with them (three times!), getting to know the sunny cities in the San Francisco Bay area, and especially seeing how God even worked through the auto accident our first day there as part of the “good times,” memories that will be with us forever. We are truly grateful for every day that we were in the Bay area.

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