Our last stop on this trip was Tyndall Air Force Base just east of Panama City. The campground sits on the water. This can provide some restful time enjoying the setting sun and leisurely strolls thru the wooded areas of the campground.
The campground is also on the flight path of the airfield where the F-22 Raptor jets operate. This can get very exciting and very loud at times. We can hear them coming from the time they shove the throttles to full on the runway. Sometimes, if I am fast enough, I can get outside in time to see them fly over our site. Occasionally, these passes are very low. Because we are in the trees. if I want any shot of the planes, I have to be very fast. When they are on the deck (very close to the ground) it is even harder to get a shot. They display a tremendous power and agility.
We also visited to historic district of Panama City and the new shopping areas of Panama City Beach. The historic district seems to be holding its own with most the buildings occupied by small businesses. One of them was the original J C Penney store which was at the downtown location until the latest mall was opened and they moved out of the downtown area. The building now holds a huge antique store. Over all it was an interesting tour. The new shopping district was OK (if you like shopping) but not unlike the ones you can find in nearly every part of the country.