{Pensacola Do} Strawberry Picking At Blue Basket Farms.

Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida

April is strawberry season in the Panhandle, and a few weeks ago my friend Jackie and I headed out to Blue Basket Farms to check out their new strawberry field. It was a beautiful day, and row after row of strawberry plants were full of plump fruit ready to be picked. We grabbed our buckets and headed out to pick and chat, as well as sample the sweet red strawberries right off the stem (and by sample you know I mean eat our weight...)

Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant

The berries were still warm from the sun and full of amazing bright flavor that put store-bought strawberries to shame. Juicy and sweet, they reminded me of high-summer at home and stopping at the local farm stand on the way back from the beach for an afternoon treat.

Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant

We visited Blue Basket Farms last year to pick blueberries and had a blast. You can read the post here.  I love that there is such a fantastic U-pick option so close to us in Pensacola, and I can't wait to come back and pick the ripe blueberries in the next few weeks! Not only is berry-picking a great way to get outside, it is also a wonderful (and cost-effective) way to support local farms and growers, and eat local.

Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant
Strawberry Picking in Pensacola, Florida | The Gallivant

For those of you in the area, the strawberry season is pretty much over but the blueberries are just beginning to ripen! Follow Blue Basket Farms on Facebook to get updates on their hours and when the blueberries are ready--trust me, you won't want to miss them! For those of you who aren't in the Pensacola area, you can check out this website to see where your nearest U-pick options are, as well as what is currently in season.

Blue Basket Farms, 8655 Highway 89, Milton, Florida, 32570 (850) 623 0652

What about you? What yummy fruits and veggies are you looking forward to this Summer?

As always, thank you so much for reading.

xoxo,

Emily

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{Pensacola Do} National Naval Aviation Museum

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

One of our best friends, Quentin, came to visit last week and we were so excited to hang out, catch up, and show him around Pensacola. Over the past year we have discovered so many fun things to do around here, but when we have guests we always make it a priority to take them to the National Naval Aviation Museum , because it is such a fun and hands-on  way to learn about Navy aviation, both past and present. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

The museum, which is located at NAS Pensacola. has more than 150 aircraft on display, which represent Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation. It also has some neat dioramas, as well as an IMAX theatre where they screen a bunch of different movies, including our fave --The Magic of Flight--which is all about the Blue Angels. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

When we first moved to Pensy I was totally overwhelmed by trying to learn all the aviation lingo and different aircraft. Going to the museum for the first time and  seeing all of the different planes and helos in person that were an option for John later in his career was so helpful in the learning process. If anyone reading this is in the same boat I cannot recommend a trip enough. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

While I have been to the museum a bunch of times now, I never get sick of hearing John explain all of the different aircraft and aviation history. Not only is it fun to see him get so fired up, but he just knows so much...it totally blows me away. It is also neat for our friends to see his training aircraft, like the T-6, and for us to be able to point out the various different aircraft that our friends fly, instead of just trying to explain it when they come up in conversation

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

(While John briefed Q on some history I kicked back in a  cockpit for a sec and interjected Top Gun jokes whenever possible.  )

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

Not only is the museum fascinating for us, but it would also be a great place to take kids of all ages! They have a cute little play area, as well as camps during the summer and simulators that older kids would love. Also, there are always tons of sweet older veterans who give great free tours of both hangers. And finally, the best part, admission is free!

Follow @evr_thegallivant on instagram to see an excellent side by side comparison of Q and Tom Cruise in Top Gun...he has waited his whole life to take the shot. You are welcome, Quentin. And then head to the Aviation Museum yourself to take your own! 

National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32506.

Happy Monday!

xoxo,

Emily

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{Pensacola Do} Float

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A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, we headed 45 minute north through Milton to Coldwater Creek. We met up with about fifteen of our friends at Adventures Unlimited, where we all loaded up canoes and tubes (as well as coolers and dogs) into their vehicles and headed four miles upriver.

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We arrived at the designated spot and all put in our flotation devices of choice. The pups hopped on too! The water was a little cold, but not too chilly--wonderfully refreshing and clear. 

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We spent the rest of the day floating down the river and stopping at various beaches to hang out, catch some sun, and let the dogs run. It was a complete blast.  

Floating was so relaxing, and the river itself is gorgeous. There is nothing built on the banks, so you actually just float through a beautiful forest. The water is clear and calm for the most part, and while it is pretty shallow there are also a few deep spots where you can dunk and swim. The beaches are also lovely and clean, which is huge.

Not only did we have the best time, but the dogs had the time of their lives...They ran and swam almost the whole way, and would just hop up into a canoe or tube when they wanted a break. It is a very dog friendly place, but we would definitely suggest putting a harness on your dog incase you hit any tricky spots and need a quick extraction (as Flynn did at one point.) Also, bring fresh and clean drinking water from them, as well as a tennis ball or toy for the beaches if they like to place fetch! 

The crew. 

The crew. 

Over all, SUCH a fun adventure, and I absolutely cannot wait to go again. The river is such a nice change from the beach, while still getting some sun and being on the water all day. It also really felt like we got out of town for the day, which is always great. The only bummer was that it poured for the final 45 minutes of the trip--but at that point it was pretty comical and only added to the adventure, especially when you have as hilarious of friends as we do. (Although..I did spend another 45 minutes in a hot shower when I got home...)

Looking for something fun to do over the upcoming long weekend? Definitely head up to Adventures Unlimited while the weather is still nice! Make sure to bring along a cooler stocked with your snacks and bevvies of choice, and plenty of sun screen of course. ;-)

Happy Monday everyone!

xoxo,

Emily

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