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The rest of the First Week of 2006

Pensacola and finishing Gulf Shores


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4 January 2006

Today we went back to Pensacola. I wanted Bob to see CSY Joshua - a Bottom Liner that was at the Pensacola Shipyard.
CSY Joshua

CSY Joshua


We finally found it and it was astonishing- almost completely different from others I've seen.
CSY Joshua

CSY Joshua

This was a boat that was set up to fish under sail, and instead of a big comfy cabin, the main part of the boat was originally taken up with a refrigerated holding tank for the fish. I took 84 pictures of it and Bob took 12. After we gave back the keys, we went to find someplace to eat, and ended up at Atlas Oyster, an expensive yuppie kind of place on the water.
Atlas Oyster and Fish House facade

Atlas Oyster and Fish House facade


(The Fish House and Atlas Oyster are owned by the same people and have virtually identical menus.)
Corner of Atlas Oyster

Corner of Atlas Oyster

Eating outside at Atlas Oyster

Eating outside at Atlas Oyster


They had sushi - not exactly down home cooking. They served things in big square plates. Bob had
Gumbo - Cup $4.00

Gumbo - Cup $4.00


And I think I had two sides and dessert.
Asparagus- each side was $3.25

Asparagus- each side was $3.25

This might be corn fritters (a side)

This might be corn fritters (a side)

Hawkshaw Bread Pudding $4.50

Hawkshaw Bread Pudding $4.50

Then we drove around historic Pensacola while I took pictures.
Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple


100_4369.JPGEscambia County Courthouse

Escambia County Courthouse

Interesting building

Interesting building

State wide Street Paving

State wide Street Paving


There is a Historic Walking Trail in Pensacola too which starts at

  • 1 T.T. Wentworth Museum

T.T. Wentworth Museum

T.T. Wentworth Museum


This is the "flagship museum" which is housed in the three-story Mediterranean Revival architecture of the former Pensacola City Hall and was built in 1907.

  • 2 Pensacola Children's Museum

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

  • 3 Museum of Commerce - a brick turn of the century warehouse.

Museum of Commerce

Museum of Commerce


Museum of Commerce

Museum of Commerce


Inside is a reconstructed 1890 streetscape

  • 4 Museum of Industry

Museum of Industry

Museum of Industry

  • 5 Old Christ Church - completed in 1832, this is one of the oldest surviving church buildings in Florida.

Old Christ Church

Old Christ Church

Old Christ Church

Old Christ Church


It sits on Seville Square around which is Historic Pensacola Village.
Seville Square

Seville Square

  • 6 Tivoli High House - reconstructed for the bicentennial in 1976,

Tivoli High House

Tivoli High House


the 1805 Tivoli House was a boarding and gaming house and a tavern

  • 7 Lavalle House - the oldest standing example of French Creole colonial architecture in Pensacola,

LaValle House

LaValle House


the Lavalle house was built during Florida's second Spanish period.

  • 8 Lear/Rocheblave House - built c 1889 with spacious rooms and jigsaw porches, this is a two story Folk Victorian home.

Lear/Rocheblave House

Lear/Rocheblave House


It was built for the Lears but they never lived there. It was owned for many years by Captain Benito Rocheblave.

  • 9 Dorr House - built by Clara Barkley Dorr in 1871,

Dorr House

Dorr House


this is an example of Greek Revival that faces Seville Square

  • 10 Manuel Barrios Cottage - the Pyramidal roof Gulf Coast cottage built around 1888 was once a common sight in Pensacola.

Manuel Barrios Cottage

Manuel Barrios Cottage


The small houses had only two rooms which were often rented separately

  • 11 Julee Cottage - Built around 1805, the cottage was named for one of the earliest owners, Julee Panton, a free woman of color.

The back of Julee Cottage

The back of Julee Cottage


The cottage is an early example of platform frame construction reminiscent of the Creole cottages of the New Orleans French Quarter
Plaza Ferdinand VII

Plaza Ferdinand VII

Quayside Art Gallery

Quayside Art Gallery


Cute cottage next to the Commerce Museum

Cute cottage next to the Commerce Museum

Historic marker for the original site of the First Baptist Church

Historic marker for the original site of the First Baptist Church


House with a banner for the Florida Public Archeology Network

House with a banner for the Florida Public Archeology Network


The Rex Theater

The Rex Theater


I also took photos of things and buildings that I thought were interesting.
A big fiberglass roller skate

A big fiberglass roller skate


The Mustang Man

The Mustang Man

Then we went aboard the base
NAS airplane

NAS airplane


so I could take a picture of the Water Battery from the road
Water battery at Fort Barrancas

Water battery at Fort Barrancas


and drove home.
Driving back to Gulf Shores

Driving back to Gulf Shores


We drove out Gulf Shores Parkway in search of something that had lights to show that was open at this time of year and after the hurricanes.
Jake's at night

Jake's at night


There were several restaurants right together in this complex including Doc's Seafood Shack,
Doc's Seafood Shack sign

Doc's Seafood Shack sign


but at the moment, I didn't want seafood. We ate at Jake's Steakhouse, Although actually Jake's Steakhouse ALSO has seafood. There are two locations of Jake's - one in Gulf Shores and one in Orange Beach.
Tin ceiling

Tin ceiling


They had early bird specials (which I don't think we were in time for - they were 3-6 pm) of Seafood Platter or Shrimp Alfredo for $8.95 each and Grilled Chicken with rice for $6.95
Jake's menu

Jake's menu


They also had All You Can Eat Specials of Popcorn Shrimp ($10.95) or Fried Grouper ($8.95). Take-out is available.
Specials menu

Specials menu


There were a lot of family groups there, and they had TV sets up near the ceilings and were watching one of the bowl games. Beer, wine and specialty drinks (like Big Jake's Margarita - $6.95) are available.
Lighthouse picture in the restaurant

Lighthouse picture in the restaurant


Bob had a half rack of ribs ($13.99), and I had "Jake's Special" 10 oz. sirloin for $14.95 which came with onion rings on it.
Jake's special

Jake's special


Jake's Special is a regular menu item, and not an actual special. The steak came with a choice of house or Caesar salad and one side. I picked baked spiced apples, but I could also have had Sweet Potato, Baked Potato, Steak Fries, Sweet Potato Chips, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Ranch Beans, Corn-on-the-cob, or steamed vegetables. They gave us little cheese biscuit balls to eat before the food came.
Little cheese biscuits

Little cheese biscuits


The total before tip was $31.54.
992092362540165-Escaped_rabb..ulf_Shores.jpgEscaped Free range rabbits in the parking lot

Escaped Free range rabbits in the parking lot


There were domestic rabbits all over the parking lot - I was told that they were pet refugees from the hurricane.

5 January 2006

We are preparing to leave tomorrow. I cut Bob's hair but he thought I didn't do it evenly. We drove around Gulf Shores
Souvenir City

Souvenir City


After Ivan

After Ivan

Honk if you like Hooters

Honk if you like Hooters

The Cactus Cafe is closed

The Cactus Cafe is closed

The Fish Net restaurant which is nothing but the foundation with the inset of the sign

The Fish Net restaurant which is nothing but the foundation with the inset of the sign

Intersection

Intersection


and out to Orange Beach.
Driving to Orange Beach

Driving to Orange Beach


Orange Beach water tower

Orange Beach water tower


2540159-Construction_Zone_Orange_Beach.jpgConstruction Zone

Construction Zone


We went to the Orange Beach Welcome Center.
Fountain outside the Orange Beach Welcome Center

Fountain outside the Orange Beach Welcome Center


Reflections in the door of the Orange Beach Welcome Center

Reflections in the door of the Orange Beach Welcome Center

Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

Exhibit Outside the Orange Beach Welcome Center

Exhibit Outside the Orange Beach Welcome Center


Hotel from the car

Hotel from the car

Condo under construction

Condo under construction

Orange Beach Construction Zone

Orange Beach Construction Zone

Biker by the Beach

Biker by the Beach


We went to DeSotos for dinner. It was kind of hidden behind other places (that is, it isn't on the main highway), but was apparently a long term local favorite. The prices were most reasonable, and they offer a coupon that you can print off their website for

$1 Off Any Dinner Entree
Valid only during Dinner Hours
Excludes Senior Menu
Not valid with any other offer

They had Senior Specials. They also had a children's menu, daily lunch specials, and a very extensive and beautiful salt water aquarium.
Fish and anemone in their fish tank

Fish and anemone in their fish tank

Yellow tang

Yellow tang

Aquarium

Aquarium


We both ate off the Senior menu. I had the
My grilled chicken and yellow rice $6.99

My grilled chicken and yellow rice $6.99


and then had
Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie


for dessert.

Bob had
Fried oysters cole slaw and sweet potato

Fried oysters cole slaw and sweet potato

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:08 Archived in USA

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Bob's oyster coleslaw looks really good!
I would have liked the aquarium too :)
Have you ever heard that phrase "Everything's Jake" before? Is it regional thing or has someone just made it up? :)

by hennaonthetrek

I have heard of it but it is very old slang. I means more that everything is 'cool'. I think the explanation is made but the phrase is not.

The front item is just plain coleslaw. The fried oysters are above it and the sweet potato is on the side.

I decided not to finish Ireland right now, but to go on with this section first.

by greatgrandmaR

The explanation is "made up" not just "made"

by greatgrandmaR

Thank you for the grammar correction! When I write on a laptop I usually check and double check my spelling but this time I commented via phone..
While waiting for the Ireland-entry I will read the "Mermaid-entry" next when I have time ;)

by hennaonthetrek

I wasn't correcting YOUR grammar. "Made it up" is perfectly fine grammar. I was correcting what I wrote - I wrote that the explanation was "made" and left out the word "up". You can say "Has someone just made it up?" or "It was just made up" and either is correct - it is just the difference as to where "IT" is in the sentence. I think. I was not taught grammar in school so all I know is what my mother taught me. She wouldn't let me speak incorrectly but she never taught me the rules. Anyway, I'm going to put the rest of the photos into the Dominican Republic entry next.

by greatgrandmaR

Oh, ok. Good to know, I can never be 100% sure doe to the fact that I am not native english speaker..I read in english and watch movies, I had also orientation to my work in english but in this forum is most what I have ever written and I am second guessing my choice and order of the words a LOT :)

by hennaonthetrek

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