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Florida Welcome Center I-10

August 26, 2016

On our road trip from Louisiana to Florida, we needed to stretch our legs and walk around. We stopped at the Florida Welcome Center at I-10 in Pensacola, FL. WOW! This welcome center was incredible!

Florida Welcome Center – Outside

As you drive up to the Florida Welcome Center, the first thing that you see is a huge plane statue. There are also a lot of other statues and photo opportunities in an around this welcome center.

Florida Welcome Center Airplane

Airplane outside the Florida Welcome Center

There is also a turtle statue thing right next to the entrance doors. I took a picture next to because it just looks pretty neat. The turtles name is Myrtle … #Myrtletheturtle

Florida Welcome Center Turtle Statue

#MyrtletheTurtle Statue

Florida Welcome Center – Inside

Next, when we entered the Florida Welcome Center, the kids found a small play area that was perfect for them. They had been riding in the car for so long and need some playtime. Since the kids found some fun toys to play with, my wife and I browse around at all of the brochures and pamphlets of things to do in Florida.

After a while, we take a fun picture with the NASA astronaut statue. We also get some free orange juice and grapefruit juice from the ladies at the help desk. You have to love anything that’s free, right?

Florida Welcome Center Astronaut statue

Our family with the NASA astronaut

In addition to taking a picture with the astronaut, there is also a picture booth that has some fun Florida themes. Here are a few of the pictures we took.

Florida Welcome Center Photo Booth

Jacques and I using the Photo Booth

Florida Welcome Center Photo Booth

Family Picture at the Photo Booth














Next we find the vending machines. They have an ice cream vending machine at the Florida Welcome Center. We decide that everyone needed a little treat before getting back on the road. We got our ice cream and take it outside to the picnic benches and enjoy some ice cream as a family.

Finally, it was time to leave the Florida Welcome Center. We get back into the car and continue our journey eastward through Florida. Here is a video that I put together of our time at the Florida Welcome Center so that you can get a better idea of everything that they have to offer here.

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Nature Park – Camp Salmen Nature Park – Slidell, LA

August 22, 2016

Camp Salmen Nature Park was not on our radar for our family road trip. It was a nice surprise when we stumbled across this beautiful park. This summer our family went on a road trip from Lafayette, LA to Jacksonville, FL. On our way there, we stop in Slidell, LA at Camp Salmen Nature Park to eat lunch. We pick  lunch up at Sam’s (it’s cheap and easy, and we needed gas).

Camp Salmen Nature Park

Camp Salmen Nature Park

First, when we get lunch on the road, we usually stop at a park to eat. Then we let our kids run around on the playground to play to burn some energy. We are so surprised by Camp Salmen Nature Park. It is over 100 acres of nature, a historical site, awesome playground, great hiking trails, and more.

Things to Do at Camp Salmen Nature Park

Most of all, our kids had a fun time exploring what we could of Camp Salmen Nature Park. The playground was a lot of fun, and I thought the old trading post historic site was really neat. There is a pond area with a decent view and lots of old oak trees for us to climb on.

My wife climbing on a tree at Camp Salmen.

My wife climbing on a tree at Camp Salmen.

I wish that we could have hiked on some of the hiking trails while we were there. We simply ran out of time. We were needing to get to our hotel down highway I-10 to continue our road trip. Therefore, I see us coming back to this park to visit longer. We only were able to see probably about 15% of this amazing nature park.

In addition, our family loves to go hiking. Due to these time constraints and the fact that it was a hot a humid day in Louisiana, we did not get to hike the trails. Finally, here is a fun video of our family’s time exploring this nature park.


July 30, 2008

We started out by getting up really early in the morning to drive to Arlington, TX (about 4-5 hours), to the Six Flags Over Texas. We got there right before the park opened, and after searching around the entrance for a while, we decided to get food inside the park, due to the lack of restaurant choices in the area.

Krista (my wife) does not like to ride Roller Coasters, so I rode them by myself, which is actually kind of nice because a lot of the coasters have a single persons line, so you don’t have to wait as long!

Here are all of the coasters that I rode and got some POV video of:

Batman: The Ride
The Texas Giant
Judge Roy Scream
La Vibora
Mr. FreezeThey didn’t let me do POV shot 🙁
Tony Hawk’s Big Spin – Which I snuck on as the park was closing!

I must say that the best coaster here is probably TITAN!

Around 3:30 or so, we decided it was time to leave since we were both exhausted, and we went to the hotel that we were staying out, a Howard Johnson, which was great for the price, and they upgraded us to the jacuzzi ROOM! HOOK UP!

After we ate at Chili’s, I got the usual stand-by, Fajitas:

Then we went back to Six Flags to finish out our day. We stayed till they closed, that is why the Tony Hawk Vid is dark.

We went to sleep and the next morning we continued on to Lafayette, LA!


June 26, 2008


We will be traveling to Six Flags Over Texas! Then we will stop in Lafayette, LA for 3 weeks with a couple of nights down in Cocodrie, LA (south of Houma) for some fishing.

Then it is on to Jacksonville, FL for some good times with Danny and Sarah!

Our last stop on our 5 week journey is in Atlanta, GA with my Aunt and Uncle. Please add him as a friend on MySpace. He is a great musician!

Then it is back home, just in time to take my sister-in-law for a week so that my in-laws can go to Sturges!

ONWARD TO SIX FLAGS! Look for many many many many many many videos here, but more on utterz and Twitter Updates!