Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NAS Pensacola

We visited NAS Pensacola this Labor Day weekend. A 7 hour drive from Franklin, TN. We rented a condo on Pensacola Beach--highly recommend Emerald Isle condos-a 17 story high rise on the beach. We stayed in a 2BR/2BA, well appointed condo. These are all owned and managed separately, there is no check-in desk in the lobby. All condos have a gulf view and the beach access is via a short wooden walkway over the sand. The complex has coded gate and building entry, 2 outdoor pools, a hot tub and an exercise room off the lobby. 

We understand that the "Blue Angels" have practice over the beach area every Tuesday--and they actually fly level with this condo--you can see the pilots!!

The drive to NAS was about 25 minutes door-to-door. Easy to get on base with just driver's license, easy to find barracks, easy to leave base. We entertained a total of 5 sailors for the weekend.

Unfortunately, Tropical Storm "Lee" stayed with us all weekend, but the hot tub and pools were well used by the group! Rare lightening, but probably as much as 7 inches of rain fell, the winds howled (our balcony sliding glass door sounded like Chewbaca in pain!) and clocked locally at 45 mph!

It was a relaxing weekend, our daughter celebrated her 18th birthday with us and there was no pressure to entertain because "our" sailors were just glad to get off base!

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