Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Visitors at Ft. Rucker

We were happy to have my parents come and visit for a week.  We had a lot of fun.  But we also did a lot of work preparing to move out.  Thanks for visiting!

Stone Mountain, GA
The mountain is carved with depictions of Confederate leaders - Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  Though it doesn't look very large, it is actually longer than two football fields, roughly 10ft deep.  It is large enough that a adult could stand in the mouth of the horse.
Andersonville, GA
This is the cemetery outside the POW camp from the civil war.

Several years ago Aaron went to Jump School at Ft. Benning.
Here he is showing me how you step out of a plane before parachuting to the ground.

Outside the infantry museum at Ft. Benning

Lunch break on moving day

Our new dining room set dad and Aaron made.
I think it is funny how we started with a box dining table and now we are ending with one.

Aaron took us to the simulator to fly a blackhawk.
The simulator would move when you turned and shake as if the rotors were moving.  Computer screens lined the windows and you could watch the landscape and buildings pass by as we flew over them.  It felt very real.

Mom is a natural at flying - not so much landing.  When she went in for her landing, the helicopter (virtual of course) came down so fast that it frightened mom and she started screaming.  It was so funny!

USS Alabama in Mobile, AL

We got to tour the entire battleship - the steering room, sleeping quarters, mess hall, laundry, tailors, ammo rooms... the whole lot.  This ship was a full functioning, self-reliant community on the water.  Pretty impressive.

The Emerald Coast of Florida.
We have been spoiled by the soft, white sands of Florida.

Family day at Lowe Heliport.
We were able to climb in and around the blackhawk helicopter.  Fun fact: the blackhawk is as long as a semi-truck. How would you like to fly a semi-truck through the sky?

Of course it can't be all fun and games while my folks come to visit.  We had a big list of things to clean before leaving our apartment.  Lucky for us dad is good at lists and helped to keep us all on track!

The main event - Graduation day.

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