Thursday, August 30, 2012

USS Midway

I'll just say up front this isn't a stitching post, and no stitching pictures.  Most of my stitching the last month and a half has been for exchanges or for the giveaway I just had.  Hopefully in a few weeks there should be a flood of stitching pictures.

San Diego is a Navy town, but strangely enough, my father was never stationed here in his 27 years of service.  One of the attractions downtown is the USS Midway Museum.  I got the chance a couple of weeks ago to be a last minute fill-in for a neighbor that wasn't feeling well, and attended a Steel Beach Party with the neighbor's husband and my parents.  I've never been on the Midway before (in fact I've never been on any carrier before), and unfortunately the museum portion was closed during the event, but it was still a lot of fun.  Dad never had a tour on the Midway, but he had been on it before during missions in Vietnam.

One of the neatest things about the Midway is my dad's plane is on deck.  No, not just the same type of plane, but his actual plane he flew.

Dad with his A-3 baby
Dad and Bob, the neighbor, talking guy stuff
There was a live band to greet us, and we also received leis as we walked into the cookout area

As you can see by the crowd, it was quite a popular event, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous for us.

As the sun went down, the lights on the ship came on and the city was absolutely gorgeous.

Hawaiian and Tahitian dancers for our entertainment

The Midway staff promises this will become an annual event for the museum members, and I've already put in my request with dad for a ticket to next year's Steel Beach party.


Vickie said...

That is awesome that it was your father's plane on deck!

Catherine said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful evening!! How cool about your Dad's plane!

Cathy B said...

what a neat event!

Margaret said...

Ok, that's pretty cool! The whole event is so neat. But having your dad's old plane on deck -- wow! Sooo cool!

Denise said...

I love WWII history so I am
completely envious!

Denise said...

I love WWII history so I am
completely envious!

Mary said...

I love reading family stories like this, especially when they come with great pictures. Thanks for sharing your very special time with your Dad!

Theresa said...

What an awesome event!!

Chris said...

What an amazing event. Great pic of your Dad and his plane.