Ahhhhhh….

Sorry, we’ve taken the week off…..

Mostly we’re at the Moraine Airpark, although each day we’ve moved at least a few miles to buy groceries or little bits and pieces of equipment to make this journey more convenient.

Air hose & attachments so we can inflate our own tires and the small pool Robyn has bought to put inside our shower so the twins can regain some of the pleasure they used to experience from taking a bath. She wants to convert our killer granite shower into a bath tub…..

Terry cloth bath robe to keep Ross & Ryan warm while drying them after baths.

Parts and pieces to convert our basement spigot into a garden hose connection, so we can hook up a hose to our own water tank and wash the Taxi wherever we are.

Dinner and a movie with Jared. Lunch with Jared. Pizza and a movie in the coach with Jared.

Nice to be near Jared!

Lunch tomorrow with Ross & Ryan’s old schoolmates, to celebrate the twins’ birthday with pumpkin pie like we always did when they were in school.

Trying to figure out how to get into the Aullwood Apple Fest this weekend….the driveway and parking lot are too tight for the Taxi. Gotta call someone tomorrow. They haul in an old steam tractor every year and use its boiler to cook huge cauldrons of applebutter!

CARS!

We left historic airplanes in order to attend the Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park….and ride the trains!

Wham, the first thing we see was an early behemoth version of the Big Taxi! Who knew that GM built a very small fleet of these big rigs in 1939 to tour the country and tout society’s technological triumphs, like microwave ovens. This Futurliner apparently was not an indication of interest to build motorhomes.

Some killer versions of current cars were offered, including this smoking Turbo Porsche. Can you imagine driving it on the street? I can’t imagine driving it at legal speeds!

Actually, this writer’s heart beats strongest for the muscle cars of 1970. It was a truly superb year, and the last of high compression engines from GM (until the recent resurgence). This 1970 Chevelle SS 454 convertible is one of the most extreme models made that year.

The Carillon trains have been right at the top of Ross and Ryan’s list of fun things to do all their lives. The volunteer staff who make the trains, lay the track, and run the whole thing with such utter love and dedication have always enjoyed the twins’ visits, and have been so solicitous of their needs.

On the way back to the Taxi at the end of the day, we discovered that not all the glorious cars were to be found inside the fence. This “Fly Yellow” Ferrari Enzo was casually mis-parked near our bus. You need to understand….this car is one of the most extreme performance cars built for the road. AND it usually sells for more than $1 million!

It’s probably a good thing I couldn’t find the owner and offer to trade titles.

Can you speak a little louder, please?

Whew, lost our hearing.

The Waco fly-in was a rip-roaring success, with the emphasis on roaring! I never could count the number of planes here, because they kept moving and coming and going. Gorgeous day, and loads of people here to enjoy these great old planes.

Everyone was so friendly and they were so kind to Ross and Ryan. The Waco Air Museum is here, and the executive director gave the four of us a ride around the whole airfield in a nice wagon pulled by his restored Willys Jeep.

And a replica of the Wright brothers’ B Flyer flew over at noon, with one pilot waving to the crowd!

Mostly it was a day to listen to, talk about, and admire these great old planes. While the event certainly provides a chance to show off your plane, there was no “show off” flying….these people are quite serious about safety. Despite the bedlam, all comings and goings occurred by direction of those who kept their eyes focused on the important stuff.

We had a blast!

I SAID WE HAD A BLAST!


Waco, Waco, Waco

Do you remember Tora, Tora, Tora?

There are some similarities right now, in Troy, Ohio.

They’re dropping from the sky, these open-cockpit bi-planes built in the 1930s. It’s a weekend fly-in to the air field where they were originally built! A few are actually modern replicas, but most are originals here that arrived by air under their own power!

We are able to park the Taxi within 200 feet of where they park, and we can walk to within that close of the grass airstrip as they come and go all day. Tomorrow should be near bedlam! Ross and Ryan are loving the roar of the engines and the blast from their props!

Whew, still winding down from Greek Festival!

We all took it easy yesterday. Ramped it up a couple notches today, to do some work on the coach batteries, to meet with two different supervisors about Ross & Ryan, to meet some friends at The Greene, Doug’s haircut there, eat supper there with Jared, and shoot these photos.

Big news! We don’t have to meet every month with Robyn’s supervisor….we can do the face-to-face every other month! Hoo boy, that changes the plan for touring! The loops can be twice as big, and if we can get half way across the upper penninsula in one month, just think…..

Gotta reconsider our next destination.

About the pictures: maybe The Greene should have been The Peach tonight?

OPA!

Wow, we gave up being Yoopers as soon as we tasted the baklava!

Oh my goodness…oh the goodness…of moussaka, pastitsio, dolmades, spanakopita, loukoumades, and gyros!

We helped the twins get the kinks out as we walked over from our parking spot, by taking a tour around the Dayton Art Institute grounds. They really live their art, and have a number of large installations around the building.

Ryan wore out his fingers exploring every nook and cranny. Notice the blocks in the hands. Always.

But it was the food….the food really brings out the best in all of us.

Ryan is usually a pretty attentive eater. Ross…shucks, he can take it or leave it. But occasionally something really clicks with Ross, and he becomes an eating machine. And on really rare occasions, he actually smiles!

OPA!