Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Pensacola Weekend

We had a wonderful time in Pensacola this weekend, and the weather was beautiful. We got down there around 9:30 Friday night and Laura had us some yummy pizzas ready to eat. Saturday we went to the beach, just to put our toes in the sand, b/c really, how can you go to Pensacola and not visit the beach? The water was beautiful, but it was a little chilly, and very windy! We had some seafood for lunch, and spent some time at a place called the Boardwalk, where we just sat out on some benches in the sun and talked for a while. It was so nice just sitting there looking at the ocean. Saturday night we stayed in and had a pajama party and ate lasagna, yum, it was so good! It was a really relaxing trip and a great time with some great friends!

We got up Sunday and started getting ready to leave and checked the weather b/c we knew it was supposed to get stormy that day. It looked like we were going run into some rain and the worst of it would be ahead of us, so we would miss it. So we headed out. We got about 20+ miles from Pensacola and notice some flashing lights ahead of us, as we got closer, we saw houses on both sides of the road with roofs missing, holes in the walls, etc. and there was no doubt that a tornado had hit. We called Laura and she said one had hit that area at 12:04 pm, it was 12:12 pm. We missed it by 8 minutes. Needless to say we were all a little freaked out! We continued with our drive, and the weather ahead wasn't bad, it rained a little but it was nothing severe. We made a stop in Millbrook, right outside of Montgomery to see Jessica's mom, who lives there, and to have a bathroom break and snacks. We looked at the weather and thought it was ok to go on. As we were going up the ramp to get back on the interstate, I turn around and glace up, and I see debris swirling in the air behind us, it was above the overpass by the ramp we were going up. We all just stared at it and thought it would be good to turn on the radio. We got about a 5 miles down the road when reports of a tornado hitting started coming in. And sure enough it was confirmed by the weather service. So more than likely the swirling we saw, was the beginning of the tornado. And as we later heard that tornado did some pretty bad damage in the Millbrook/Prattville area. All I can say is God was definitely looking out for us that day.

Even though the ride home was more exciting than we would have liked, it was a great weekend, and definitely makes me want to visit Pensacola again when it's warmer!


Brooke said...

I am so glad that ya'll are safe!! I would have been terrified!!

dawn wilson said...

holy cow! that is insane! Way to make it back to Kansas, dorothy!

Tiffany said...

Wow that is crazy! Glad you made it home safely!

Amanda Gremillion said...

I am glad you are ok!