Back in April, before we left Ohio, my parents were able to make a trip out to visit and be present for Alanna's 4th birthday party (more on the party later).
It was fun having them around for a few days.
I had to take them to the Wright Brothers Sites and show them around the base.
Our first outing was to the Air Force Museum. Like I've said before, it can be overwhelming in there! You can spend HOURS and still feel like there is more to see. We all wandered through the first hangar and most of the second hangar, spending a good chunk of time also looking through the Holocaust portion in the middle.
When I caught back up to them we headed over to the Presidential Hangar on the base. I'd never been there before because I always have the kids with me... and this wasn't really a good place to take them. They are open hangars with no roped off areas or guided walkways. You are literally right next to the planes and are courteous enough to follow the rules of "No Touching."
We went into 3 Air Force Ones, very cool. One of them was the plane that carried President Kennedy after his assassination and where Johnson was sworn in. There are plexiglass walls throughout the entirety of all the planes with a clearance of about 16 inches. It was cramped. Seeing that old school technology and the history of the planes was pretty interesting.
Afterwards we picked up the kids from school and headed out to the Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. The kids got to go out and run and I was able to share more of Dayton's history from the view.
The next day mom and dad headed down to Tennessee to see Nashville and Gatlinburg. They came back and joined us for church on Sunday, treated us to lunch, then headed out to the airport.
It was a fun trip. I'm glad I was able to share some of Dayton with them. Dad said he didn't realize how much innovation happened there. It really was a bustling city with a lot of rich history! I know we focused mostly on the Wright Brothers but there really is much more to take in. If you ever get to Dayton I can recommend some places to check out!