Sunday, May 20, 2007


Bob and I took my grandson, Harrison, on his surprise birthday trip today.  He's crazy about airplanes and had not been to the Museum of Flight  in Olympia (about 30 miles south of here) so that's where we went.  His dad is taking him to their big air show the weekend of June 16-17 but this gave him an opportunity to get a little preview before then.  We were really bummed because there was only one staff member on duty and we were not able to go out on the field and see the planes & helicopters they have outside.  (For safety reasons, there must be a staff member to escort guests to that outdoor area.)  Thankfully the one guy there gave us a discount on the admission price because of that. 

He was very helpful though and gave us a lot of history about the planes in the hanger.  They have a replica of a Japanese Zero, that happens to be a movie star.  It flew in the movies "Tora, Tora, Tora" and "Pearl Harbor" and was used in several TV shows.  All of their planes still fly....and are are taken up on a regular basis.   When I took the pictures, they had covers over the cockpits as there was a huge party in the hanger last night and the planes had to be rolled outside.  Just as we were leaving the guy was taking the covers off...just my luck.

After we were through there, Bob decided we should go to the Red Wind Casino and have their lunch buffet.   He figured that was a good way to fill up the belly of a growing 16 yr old boy.  Since it was a casino, security escorted us from the front door into the buffet area (no one under 21 allowed on the gaming floor).   Harrison had never been in a casino before and I think he kind of got a kick out of seeing all the people staring into those machines, hoping to win a fortune.

It started raining heavy as we left the casino and is still raining hard.  It's fine with me...things were starting to dry up.  And this rain means I won't have to water the lawn or my plants for awhile.

I hope everyone has had a good weekend.  I think I'm going to build a little fire in the woodstove and kick back and watch a movie.  I sure won't have to cook any dinner tonight, that's for sure.

Until next time......Linda


queenb8261 said...

What a nice surprise for your grandson. I bet he enjoyed it tremendously.  Have a good week.

mariealicejoan said...

Sounds like a great day!  I bet your grandson really enjoyed it!  Lucky boy!

jeadie05 said...

Iwould imagine your Grandson had a whale off a time Linda ,both the aeroplanes and the history of them and ,his lunch at the casino ,wow something to tell em at school tomorrow , Jan xx

jlocorriere05 said...

I bet Harrison loved the trip! Thanks for posting the pics, it looks a great place to visit. Thanks also for the postcards, it was a lovely surprise to open the envelope and find all of them! Have a good week! Jeannette xx  

acoward15 said...

The museum looks really interesting. It's a shame you couldn't see more.

ally123130585918 said...

That sounded like a lovely treat for your grandson ~ Loved the pictures ~ glad you are getting some much needed rain ~ Hope you enjoy lighting your little woodstove and enjoy your movie ~ sounds good to me ~ Ally x

radar446 said...

Now that is my kind of museum.  I love military aviation, and the fact that they have aircraft from other countries makes it that much better.