Archive for January, 2008


Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The name comes from Latin. Corvus meaning crow and marinus meaning pertaining to the sea – sea crow. To dry off they strike an erect pose with wings outstretched facing the wind. Since some of the ones below are not facing the way others are facing I would say they can not figure out which way the wind is blowing. They are sitting on the fishing dock across from the 11th fairway of the Pelican Point Course. I have been told that two alligators still live here but we have not seen them yet.



Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Leons: Looks bad but they have great donuts. My Navy friend (you always have to be concerned with Navy friends) is always trying to convince the woman who works there that she should not serve me. I almost have her telling Navy jokes.



Unscientific Survey

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

I got curious about where campers here were from. Couldn’t see all license plates because some people were not home and I did not want to walk into their site to see rear plates but the following gives some idea:

FL 16, NY 2, MI 4, AZ 2, PA 6, TN 3, MA 4, NE 1, IL 4, TX 5, MO 2, WI 3, KS 2, KY 3, AL 3, CT 1, SD 2, OHIO 6, WA 2, MT 1, MN 1, AK 1, VA 1,

Additionally, the Uncle Sam figure below is on 33 sites. These identify site occupants as friends of Dick and Marie who have come here every year forever and have given them as gifts. They left the day we got here this year so we are hoping that  is not a sign that they want Uncle Sam back.



Monday, January 28th, 2008

img_2139.JPGThe Community Activities Center contains a Ticket office (good deals), internet cafe(with computers), wireless center, Oasis ( snack bar)($3.50 breakfast), and Pizza Pub.



Pizza Pub ($4.95 pizza buffet every M, W and F

Invited out to dinner

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Last Sunday we were invited to our friends Class A (those are the big drive them yourself rigs) for dinner and to watch football: Great hosts, great company and mixed football results:


More Penguin party

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Guest of honor


We always thought that Jim had eyes in the back of his head


Penguin Day

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Campground management hosted a Penguin Day Party. Lots of attendees, Lots of fun and lots of appreciated effort on their part:


Inside of Recreation Hall during Penguin Day party


Navy Base Re-visited

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

These two pictures from the Navy Base tour I forgot to include before:

An instructor in the tank at the dive school:


curiouser and curiouser. A USAF (must be anti terror) speedboat that they apparently keep at the Navy base:


Locals and National Chains

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

On the way to the movies (The Bucket List)(best we have seen this year) (also the only one) we stopped at Smitty’s Barbeque for lunch. A previous owner was into model airplanes and they were hanging all over the ceiling.


After golf yesterday four of us went to Applebees for dinner. Got to use one of the gift certificates. They are in Mardi Gras mode. The hostess with the beads and mask agreed to a picture, giggling all the way. Should have done the red eye eliminator.

Last of the Navy Base

Monday, January 21st, 2008

This is the diving school for the entire military except for the Seals.


Below looks like a sphere but it is really a cylinder. On the bottom is a huge tank and on top there are five compartments where up to 10 divers can live for weeks for saturation diving. In saturation diving divers are brought down to a desired depth (pressure) and kept there for extended periods of time. This permits them to get more work done rather than use so much time compressing and de compressing.


This is the Quarterdeck of the Dive School