06 August 2007

Our "Flight" to Dayton, OH

Last Sunday after church we took a short 1.5 hour "flight" (I drive really fast) over to Dayton, Ohio to check out the aviation heritage of the state. We typed in the first address to the GPS and it took us downtown to the first stop of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Parks: The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. When we first drove up we thought it was closed because there was absolutley no one there and you could just park on the street. So we didn't know if we were supposed to be here. So we went inside and no one was in their either except for a very eager national park attendant. He was very excited and informative. Anyway, there was a national park film crew making a video for the park that wanted to have us in their film. Needless to say we are probably famous by now.

The aviation parks are strewn about the town and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center was just the first of four that we would visit that day. The next stop was about 75 steps away at the Wright Cycle Company building which was the actual building that the Wrigth brothers ran their cycle company out of (except located several feet from its original location and restored).

After watching a very cool video narrated by Martin Sheen on the Wright brothers and taking some pictures we piled into the car to drive to the next site several miles away. First we visited the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center where Nicole spotted a dude with the longest dreds that we had ever seen (we even have a picture to prove it). The kids are posing next to the Wright Memorial.

The last stop was the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where all of their Ohio test flights were done. Apparently it was some dude's cow pasture. It was cool to be at this historic spot but it was basically just an empty field and therefore not very exciting for the kids. We wandered around there for about 15 minutes. Next time we visit Dayton we'll go to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


Jason & Jodee said...

Yeah, fields can be a little boring. Those are some pretty long dreds! And that's cool you got to be in a movie - you should go there later and watch it to see if you can find yourselves. (Literally, not figuratively) Have you ever seen Nothing to Lose? It's not a kid's movie, but there is a part where this guy's shoes are smoking because of a gasoline fire (he spilled some) and the attendant says "you must be really fast." It's funny - your "flight" drive reminded me of it :).

Princess Diaries said...

I didn't know you guys were bloggin' your adventures! Fun! We just missed seeing you at Wall Drug and Mt. Rushmore, we were through there two weeks later. :)

Jason & Jodee said...

Hola mi familia! Hey, if you guys don't have anything noteworthy to post about (since you haven't posted in FOREVER :)), you could always come see us, ya know. Our living room is more than happy to accommodate you all (but not y'all).

Hoxworths said...

yes we are pathetic with keeping up with the blog. we've been doing plenty but just much too lazy to update the blog on a regular basis. we do need to meet in cincy soon. we'll go to a baseball game in sept. what do you say?