Old friends that we hadn't seen since 1996 while stationed together in Montgomery, AL, contacted us and invited us to visit them in Del Rio, TX. What a treat for us! We thought we were mainly going to visit them and have a BBQ. Well, they had many more adventures waiting for us :)
|The welcoming committee!! |
T-6s were flying right over our truck!
When we were on the road to Del Rio, we get a text message from Donna.... "You have a flight sim scheduled at 4:00!" Jon's friend Glenn is retired Air Force also and is now a flight training instructor for the T-6. He invited us to jump in the simulator and have some basic flying lessons!!! It was an amazing experience!
|I love the caption above the door!|
|Inside the big black ball is where all the magic happens...|
the T-6 Flight Simulator
|We all got a brief flying lesson so we knew what some of the buttons and gauges do.|
|DT expertly flying over Del Rio.|
|Jolie did a great job, especially considering she could barely see over the dashboard :)|
|Faith with the eagle eye and steady hand flew under the bridge without crashing on her very first attempt!|
|Getting my lesson... looking forward to my turn, even though I'm already naseuseous from watching the kids fly :)|
|Monty reliving the glory days....|
|T-6s.... these are what we flew in the simulator.|
Our very cool host and hostess: Glenn and Donna Quarles
|A gorgeous evening at the Quarles home...|
Unfortunately, I didn't get good photos of the signs around our campground. Here are two though to show how close we were to the Mexico border:
|When pulling out of our campground onto the the street, when you look to the right...|
you see this sign. The long road is Amistad Dam, with the Port of Entry to Mexico at the end of the dam.
|"Turn left off of the main road... Hwy 90,|
go a couple of miles....
turn right just before the dam at the last right turn in the USA,
to find the campground."
|This is our campground security: the Border Patrol!|
I took this from our campsite :)
|Site #3... what an amazing view! |
Southwinds Marina on Lake Amistad, Laughlin AFB fam camp
|Breakfast with a view...relaxing and just awesome...|
|Math with a view....an excruciating temptation|
Ok, ok...you did great with your studies.
Now go explore the lake!
Time for lunch!
|DT's new buddy... Brady!|
Last time we saw Brady he was DT's age :)
Next up, afternoon adventures on Lake Amistad with Glenn:
|"So Glenn, how fast does this bass boat go?"|
|We discovered wild goats on the hillside at the water's edge!|
|They were so cute and fun to listen to.|
|What else lives up there????|
"Mr. Quarles, may I drive?"
|After a long day of play on Lake Amistad....|
a precious moment.
Back to the Quarles to feed the deer... and eat pizza!
We had an amazing weekend with our old friends! Since we only had 2 days there, we left many things undone... like a trip across the border to Acuna! We'll just have to go back again someday :)
|Thank-you Quarles and adios Del Rio....|