#TAB Fernweh Friday – Living in Paradise

2014-10-09 10.46.18 By Colleen Chesebro of  http://silverthreading.com/

Living among the different peoples of the world gives you a different outlook on life.  You learn to appreciate being an American and the freedoms we take for granted.

I have the privilege of living in one of the most beautiful beach locations found along the Gulf Coast of the United States; Pensacola, Florida.  Pristine white sand beaches are caressed by turquoise waves lapping at the shores.  Saw grass grows in abundance on the dunes and sways in the salty sea breezes not far from the water’s edge.  Hotels and condominiums are present.   However, they do not detract from the natural beauty of the beach. There are many accommodations to choose from in all price ranges. Hotels, condominiums, beach cottages, and motels are all found along Highway 98 at Pensacola Beach so you can experience beach living at its finest.   http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/  is a great place to start if you are interested in planning a trip to our area. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Pensacola Beach are crystal clear in the autumn months.  I believe October is the best time to visit the area.  The humidity is not as intense, and the summer tourist crowds are no longer present.  This is the time to relax on the beach, sip a few cold beverages and enjoy the view. The water is still quite warm with temperatures in the low to high 80’s F.  Life guards are on duty.  Swimming in the area is an experience you will not want to miss.  Marine life is always present from the pelicans flying overhead to the dolphins swimming in the sea. Packing for a trip to Pensacola Beach is a pleasure. Grab your swim suits, shorts, flip-flops, and tank tops to enjoy the warmth of the sun.  Always remember to pack the necessary sun screen essentials to protect from the intense sunshine.  I always suggest some aloe Vera gel to help with any sun burn that inevitably happens from a trip to the beach. 20141009_104033 Coolers are allowed on Pensacola Beach.  Water is necessary to stay hydrated.  A beach umbrella or a portable beach cabana is always a welcome treat.  Grab a couple chairs, a book, and you are ready to enjoy a fantastic day at Pensacola Beach.  Bathroom and trash facilities are available throughout the area. My husband and I moved to Pensacola, our dream destination, two years ago after living in Great Falls, Montana for many years.  We lived in Prescott Valley, Arizona for two years before we felt the call of the ocean pulling us back to Florida.  We met and fell in love in Fort Walton Beach, Florida close to Destin Beach many years ago.  We prefer Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach simply because building along the beach has been kept to a minimum here.  The views at Pensacola Beach are simply stunning! We are a traveling family.  Both my husband and I served in the U. S. Air Force so, travel became a way of life for us.  My husband traveled extensively with the military throughout South East Asia: Thailand, Korea, The Philippians, Japan, and Okinawa.  You never truly know a country until you live within its borders. I was stationed for three years at RAF Lakenheath, East Anglia, in the United Kingdom which I adored.  The English people were warm and welcoming to me.  I embraced their culture, history, and way of life.  To this day, I still enjoy a cup of tea served the British way each evening as a pleasant reminder of a country I came to love. As a couple, we have lived in many different states and locations throughout the years.  We are well seasoned travelers who now choose to stay put in our paradise for a bit before the itch to move strikes us again.  Living among the different peoples of the world gives you a different outlook on life.  You learn to appreciate being an American and the freedoms we take for granted.  Suddenly you look with wonder upon this beautiful world we live in and recognize the value of your travels through your growth as a person.  Happy travels to you all. I am a freelance writer and blogger living the good life in Pensacola, Florida, as I silver thread my way into my retirement years.  I share my poetry, writings, and short stories on http://silverthreading.com/ . Like Colleen’s story? Find her from the links below: Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/silverthreading Twitter at https://twitter.com/ColleenChesebro Discover Bloglovin’ and visit me at http://www.bloglovin.com/silverthreading . Wanna be featured? Click here for details! ♥