Susan and I arrived at the host hotel, The Boardwalk Beach Resort on Wednesday.
|The Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida with the adjacent condos in the background|
|Road construction in front of the hotel|
|The luggage cart|
It was windy on Wednesday and the pool was in need of some cleaning. The pool water was still too cold to swim in without a wetsuit. It was cleaned up when most of the athletes arrived on Friday.
|The pool on Wednesday|
|The pool on Friday|
|Susan at the overflow parking lot.|
With our stuff loaded into our room we took the opportunity to review our surroundings. Here are our findings. The Boardwalk Beach Resort hotel is less than stellar! Almost everything is in varied states of dis-repair. It's dirty and the rooms are very small. The Boardwalk is a spring break hotel. When Susan worked at this very hotel when she was a teenager it was called The Sands and was the nicest place to stay on the beach. She grew up in Panama City. We’ll find an alternate location to stay for Ironman Florida in November. Enough about the hotel itself!
The beach in front of the hotel is very nice with lots of white sand and crystal blue water, as expected. There was a light wind from the south on Wednesday afternoon. The temperature had only gotten up to 78 degrees for the day so it wasn't as warm as we had expected. There was some small black chunky stuff in the sand that but it may not have been oil. The chunks were accompanied by the occasional cigarette butt and bottle top but considering the volume of people that use the beach it was very clean.
|The view of the beach from the hotel looking east|
|The view of the beach from the hotel balcony looking south|
|The view of the beach from the hotel balcony looking west|
|The Boardwalk Beach Resort from the beach|
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