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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Trip to Florida

Robert visited Taylor this month in Florida. He is stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, attending Explosive Ordnance Demolition School (EOD) but he actually lives a few miles from the Base in San Destin. Robert stayed at the Marriott Courtyard. Destin is located in the panhandle of Florida right on the coast.

The sand is white and fine like flour...absolutely fascinating and beautiful.
These pictures were taken in the evening as the sun was setting, so the beaches look deserted.

Destin is a resort area with a number of hotels and condominiums and is located about 15 miles from the base. This is a causeway that crosses the water from the Gulf similar to how you would get from San Diego to Coronado, in California.

The EOD School campus at Eglin Air Force Base.
The memorial to fallen EOD sits right at the entrance to the campus.
The names of all EOD who have died in action since WWII are listed by
each Branch of the Military.

The administration building of EOD.

These are pictures of the hands-on practice areas of the facility, where mock
missions and situations are carried out by EOD students.

Taylor and Robert went to a local beach in Destin. The water is turquoise blue...more
green than blue. The water is clean and warm.
A feathered friend, an Elegant Tern, which is very rare in Florida.

Another view of the causeway...

They visited a local marine aquarium with dolphin and sea lion shows.

Robert, Taylor, and Matt (one of Taylor's EOD buddies) at dinner.

This is the pool...up to 40 feet deep...where they do a lot of training.
The floor of the pool is operated by hydraulics to expand the depth.

After church services, Robert and Taylor drove to Panama City
to visit the Dive School where Taylor began training in the dive phase.
An NCIS facility is on base.

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