Alas, we don't have little kids anymore and so I hadn't had a chance to visit the new Perdido Kids Park yet, even though I've driven past the front gate often.
A huge fort themed jungle gym.
A guest we had at Good Haven House this summer took her son there and raved about it so I wanted to share it with you.
The climbing wall with a Blue Angels theme.
Built in 7 days by families from the neighborhood and over 200 Marines a day. All volunteered their time with professional direction from representatives of Leathers and Associates, who designed the park using input from area children.
The Marines and family volunteers.
It is full of play equipment such as two forts, a turtle slide, a lighthouse, a pirate ship, and Blue Angels planes that all have a great Pensacola connection. There's a climbing wall, nature trail, butterfly garden and covered pavilions with picnic tables also.
'Blue Angel plane' play equipment.
If you have little ones this will be a fun outing for you.
Here's what their owners had to say "We had a great time at Good Haven House but our dogs had an even better time! They are older dogs and acted years younger - wanting to play non-stop. The yard and access to water was ideal. "
Last September, after a particularly long thunderstorm, it finally stopped raining. I went to look out the window and this is what greeted me!
A full double rainbow!
I grabbed my camera and ran back and forth, up and down, front yard, back yard, breakfast balcony, and deck like a crazy woman trying to get a shot of the whole thing before it disappeared.........I never did.
Not that it's a contest, (please don't call and ask if you can bring your baby elephant :), but I think we had our biggest pet yet a few weeks ago.
Meet Buddy, a 2 year old English Mastiff, who weighs in at 130 pounds. He will be much bigger the next time he comes as his owner told me English Mastiffs typically reach maturity at 3 years old and his predecessor weighed in at 230lbs! He came with his newly adopted family who rescued him just 2 months before they were to vacation at Good Haven House.
I think he liked his first vacation!
Thank you to Buddy's owners for sending along these great photos of the newest addition to their family.
Remember backyard camping and that delicious, scary feeling when you heard bears (the neighbors cat going through the hedge) and witches (the breeze rustling the leaves)? Dive for your sleeping bag and pull it up over your head. Sshhhhh, stop giggling, what's that?!
As we've so publicly stated on our web site, We Love To Eat! I will say it again, We Love To Eat! My husband and I are both in the Food Service industry. We both like to cook mostly because we love to eat. And a big part of our enjoyment of Good Haven House is getting to enjoy regional southern food when we're here. BBQ, fried chicken, gulf shrimp, gumbo, hush puppies, pecan pie.........Mmm, Mmmm, Mmmmm, I'm making myself hungry just writing about it!
Until recently, I never thought much about where my food actually comes from (unless I forgot to water the tomatoes in the garden!) But it's come to my attention that the way food comes to our markets and tables is not benign.
Please, whenever possible, use locally grown and Certified Humane food products. Factory farming is harmful to not only the animals that are made to endure it and the farm workers forced to use these methods, but to human health and our society as a whole.
These practices are hard to think about and look at. But we DO, as individuals and as a society, have the power to take action and change the way food comes to our table.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" -Gandhi
We love to have pets come on vacation with their owners. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, turtles and frogs have all been guests at Good Haven House. They all give it the big thumbs (paws, flippers?) up!
Our German Sheperd loves it there. There's 2 acres for dogs to run around and play frisbee.
We take a $100.00 pet fee per pet (with fur and bigger than the palm of your hand) and a bit larger security/damage deposit that's refunded to you as soon as we verify that there's been no damage (soiling, chewing, etc).
All well behaved pets are welcome at Good Haven House.
I've started this blog as an addition to our web site goodhavenhouse.com . I'm excited to share up to the minute news, pictures, recipes, and beachy inspiration of all kinds from Good Haven House, our beach vacation rental. Just like Good Haven House, we hope you'll visit often.