Eglin Air Force Base is a pretty big base. Even so, I’ve only been to a couple of places that are actually on the base. Other than base housing, that is.
I’m talking about the commissary and a shoppette (like a 7-day store) and briefly, the Air Force Armament Museum. Frankly, I have no desire to run around like my son, Joseph, likes to do. He introduced us to some of the local tourist attractions.
The airport is called the Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport (airport code VPS). That’s because those are the main tourist areas in the summertime. Yes, we picked the wrong month to come here.
Joseph took Josie (my wife) and me on a sight-seeing trip, along with our two grandchildren. His wife, Diann, was at work. We rode in his Toyota Sienna, a van that seems more like a boat. It’s huge. A big vehicle like that is impossible to park in the Philippines.
The main things he wanted us to see were the white-sand beaches, the green-colored ocean (the Emerald Coast) and something called “Crab Island”. It’s like a shallow sand bar (under water) that people hang out on. You still need a boat to get to it.
The family, all six of us, are supposed to go to one beach or another. I don’t have a clue as to which one.
I can’t say anything about the size of these cities. I’m totally unfamiliar with any of them. I don’t plan to be here long enough to become familiar with them.
To the North are Valparaiso and Niceville and to the South are Shalimar, Lake Lorraine, Ocean City, Fort Walton Beach and Destin. There are a lot more small cities but I’m not even going to try to name them all. If you want a good idea of the topography, look for Eglin AFB on Google Maps or Google Earth.