No doubt we have mentioned, probably more than once, that half of the RovingRaconteurs team is an extremely experienced aviator. And of course, before accruing all that experience, had to undergo training. Lots and lots of training.
OK, so what???
Well, you see, that’s the reason we wound up living in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida in the 1970s. The young and eager, hotshot fighter pilot had completed training in the F-100 Super Sabre, a USAF fighter jet. However, the “needs of the Air Force” required a change of plans. Ergo, a move to Ft. Walton Beach and training at Hurlburt Field in the O2 Super Skymaster. The Jet Jockey was not happy; and back then, we would both have told you we were underwhelmed upon arrival in this sleepy fishing village. Ah but, the sun; the white sand; the Red Snapper grilled on the beach; the boating; the snorkeling; the camaraderie!!! That was all good!!! And so, at times, we go back to visit or for reunions or just to, again, hang out on the beach and dine on Red Snapper!!!
Here are some photos from the old days:
And here’s a look at Ft. Walton Beach today:
And the bottom line???
No, there is no point to make. This is simply an indulgent trip down memory lane.
Thanks for joining us on the journey!!!
Come on back for Part 3. We’ll take a look at the rebuilding of Mexico Beach after the 2018 Hurricane Michael and then wander around Apalachicola and Port St. Joe and St. George Island.