My folks brought their bikes, so we looped Spencer Field a couple times and also embarked on a sunset beach ride along the beach one night after the heat of the day faded away. I love after-dinner walks/bike rides. Every time we’re about to move we have the same discussion: where will our evening walk be in our new duty station? In Pensacola we stuck to Spanish Trail, in Jacksonville we had a neighborhood loop, in Japan we strolled along the river, and in Pace we walk along the neighborhood cul-de-sacs or around Spencer Field. And soon we’ll be mapping out our Norlfolk route!
I had this fantasy of what living here again would be like, and it involved a lot of citrus fruits and THE BEACH. Our last week in Florida was exactly that: tons of Florida orange juice and a mini beach stay-cation. Isaac finally loves playing in the waves and thinks he’s a dolphin. My parents came to visit and gave us a night away at the beach for our anniversary, so we got to watch the sun set over Santa Rosa Sound from lounge chairs at Red Fish Blue Fish before a moonlit walk on the beach! Our night away may or may not have been delayed by Chris’ iphone getting left on top of the car (he found it on the side of the highway a couple hours later thanks to his ‘find it’ app)…but we had fun anyway! We watched from our balcony dolphins and stingrays jumping in the Gulf of Mexico. The water was clear, calm and cool. My parents met us with a picnic and Isaac for a relaxed beach day. It was the fulfillment of everything I’d hoped this tour could be!
Our final day at the beach began with glassy waters. By the time the surf kicked up into waves hours later, we were getting sun-crispy and ready to go. So long, Pensacola Beach! 2013 may have been a wash, but 2014 has been everything we hoped for so far!