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.