The last day and a half in Pennsylvania were a whirlwind. Packing, playing, and getting as much time together before our Monday morning departure. Barb and Kendall went for numerous walks, that is the one thing that Kendall liked to do the most. Strange for a 6 year old (almost 7), wanting to go on so many walks with her grandma but that is what she wanted to do.
For our part, Dylan and I, we went “hunting” spending time in the woods, walking, listening and exploring. Dylan and I would walk through the woods stealth like and listen at all the sounds of the woods. We would pick out a target; a stump, a pinecone…… Dylan would take careful aim with his pellet gun and pull the trigger. He is an amazingly good shot and hit what he was aiming at more often than not.
On our last evening there we enjoyed the nice weather outside and Shane cooked an awesome supper of steaks, mushrooms and onions. Everything was incredible!
Although we still planned on long days we also planned on taking a little time to explore. Our first day was just under 400 miles but we stopped for a couple of hours to stretch our legs at an antique store just outside of Dayton. We did not find any treasures for us but we did manage to find two more tractor seats for Farmer Bob!
We spent the night in Fairborn Ohio. It was a little out of our path home but well worth it. Each time we have passed through this area I had wanted to stop at the National Airforce Museum, this time we were going to do it! On the Wright-Patterson AFB outside of Dayton, the museum has over 360 planes and missiles in their 4 buildings from early aircraft to missiles, space craft, Presidential planes (they were closed), all the way up to modern fighter jets. And best of all, admission is free!
Since my father was in the Air Force I was particularly interested in the planes that he flew. So that was my goal when I went in, to see if I could find each of them. His first flight in the Air Force was somewhere around 1944-45 in a Piper J3 Cub. It was only a 1 hour flight where they put him through the paces to see if he was going to puke or could really handle flying at all. I will tell you right now, I would not have passed that test, the ferris wheel gives me the willy's!
|Piper J3 Cub|
Next up was the PT-13 “PT” standing for Primary Trainer.
|B-29, the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb|
|The Fat Man|
|"Vittles", a parachute dog went on 131 missions and had over 2,000 flying hours|
|We should have rented a trailer!|