St. Andrews State Park

Aloha and Bonjour,

This adventure is brought to you from St. Andrews State Park.

St. Andrews is located on the eastern end of Panama City Beach, Florida, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  This has been a spot our Hawaiian Princess has wanted to visit and take a plunge in the Gulf of Mexico.

Our Princess made her preliminary inspection of the beach and it was perfect.  The water was clear, the beach was white and extended for miles.  This indeed is one of the best beaches in the world.

This shows perfectly how wonderful the water is.

As this was part of the beach at the state park, there were not the large crowds that dominate the public beach on Panama City Beach (PCB).  This is how beaching should be.

This aerial view of the beach shows the fishing pier and the section where Madame went swimming three times.

This trip was spent mostly at the beach.  Most camping sites at the state park are small.  It took our humble servant a number of tries to squeeze into the tight spot, but he managed with Her Royal Highness’s able directions.  After a busy two weeks before, our intrepid travelers spent a low key visit to PCB.  The dining out consisted of one night at Longhorn Steakhouse.  Not extraordinary, but it always satisfied.  We shopped at a gift shop/antique shop that offered bleached cypress drift wood.  Him found a perfect piece for which to make Madame a clock.  He is a handy fellow to have around.

Located in Panama City Beach is the United States Navy Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.

This is where the elite divers from all of the U.S. Services train.

The is where the hard hat divers train, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal and the rescue divers.

Also located in PCB is the Man in the Sea Museum that chronicles diving history, aquanaut programs, commercial and recreational diving.  The day we stopped by, we were the only visitors at that time.  The manager of the museum was a lovely woman who spent a significant amount of time discussing the museum and diving history.

The museum was filled with diving hardware from the earliest times to the latest in technology.

This suit was used to dive to 2,000 feet.

This is the Mark V diving suit.

You can see the stats on the Mark V suit.

Our Princess tried on a diving helmet.

Our humble servant tried on the helmet.  It was a tight squeeze for him and his response upon getting out of the helmet was, “Oh hell no!”

 This deep diving submarine explored the dark reaches of the ocean.  It had a crew of two.

This is the other end of the Beaver Mark IV.

This speedy little number was designed as a wet sub and delivered two divers to their destinations.

Outside the museum the larger items on display were kept.

This was the strangest piece of equipment on display.  This is a mine sweeping sled.  It is pulled by a very large helicopter.

The item on the right is a commercial diving shelter for deep underwater work.

This is a rescue chamber for deep divers.  The legs sticking out of the bottom belong to our humble servant.

The gray submersible was one of a number of diver delivery vehicles.  Mostly used by the U.S. Navy.

When Him saw this one, he immediately began singing about living in a yellow submarine.  Quite peculiar.

Him said there were no luxuries in this model.  It looked very small to us too.

The main exhibit at the museum was the original SeaLab I.  This was the first of three underwater habitats used to study the effects of living for long periods under water.

That concludes our BBS 2018 Tour leg #2.  We will be taking a short break and then heading back out into the unknown.  Stay tuned to our adventures.

Au revoir and Aloha

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