After months of anticipation, we are finally residents of Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas! We arrived in this quiet little border town on August 19th and have been slowly making our way through the of boxes of stuff. The movers were supposed to arrive on a Monday with our furniture…but didn’t actually show up until the following Friday! Needless to say, I was very annoyed. In the end, our items arrived in this unconventional way. (I was expecting a semi, not a truck with crates on the back).
Luckily, Tyson’s mom and dad were able to drive his car, along with the pups, to Texas. They were such a huge help and I’m so glad they were able to visit.
After a day of unpacking, we were headed to San Antonio for a little weekend exploration. We stayed right on the Riverwalk and enjoyed visiting shops and tasting the local cuisine.
If we are going to live in Texas, we might as well learn about the rich history of this prideful state. So, we visited the Alamo which is a block away from the Riverwalk.
Sadly, we had to drop off Mom2 and Dad2 at the airport the next morning, but were excited about heading back to our home in Del Rio. Although we were very skeptical about this tiny boarder town, we are really growing to love it here. They locals are so nice and really support the base. Tyson is currently in the “Academic” portion of his training, or Phase 1, and will begin flying in a few weeks. (A big congrats to him for making a 100 on his test the other day!)
During our month in New Jersey, we were determined to visit a few famous Northeastern cities. Philadelphia, which is only an hour away from McGuire AFB, is a city I’ve always wanted to visit.
After an hour drive, several wrong turns, and paying to go across the same toll bridge twice (oops), we began our day with lunch at Campo’s for a Philly Cheesesteak.
After lunch, we walked to Philly’s historic district to see some pretty famous attractions.
One of my favorite stops of the day was Independence Hall. This building, formerly known as the Pennsylvania State House, is where many historic events took place. This local government facility was the meeting site for the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783. It was also here that George Washington was appointed commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775. Most importantly this building was where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 and the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. (I learned all of this historical information from our handy-dandy tour guide who is shown below).
One non-historical fact that we learned about Philadelphia is that they are vicious when it comes to parking meters. Tys and I left Independence Hall and realized that we had about 10 minutes to get back to our car before our time was up. When we arrived at the car the meter reader was standing there watching the clock so he could write us a ticket. Next time, we are definitely taking the train into the city!
After cooling down from our race to the car, we visited the Liberty Bell!
Here are a few more pictures we caught throughout the day.
Philly, you lived up to the hype! I can’t wait to come back and see what else you have to offer!
After Memorial Day weekend, Tys and I headed to New Jersey. Tyson is currently on active duty military orders. This means that he is getting paid for working whether in training or not. After OTS, Tyson had a month of no training before Initial Flight Screening in July. In order to fulfill his active duty orders, we had to be at McGuire Air Force Base (our home base) for the month of June so that Tyson could work around the base.
Here’s an interesting fact for you…The distance from Georgia to New Jersey is equal to the width of Texas. So, we had about a 13 hour drive ahead of us. To make the most of this trip, we decided to enjoy the beaches in Ocean City, Maryland.
We loved spending the afternoon walking the sandy beaches of Ocean City! Later, we grabbed some yummy seafood for dinner and visited a few surf shops on the boardwalk.
The next day we were off to New Jersey. Before leaving we had to visit The Fractured Prune, Tyson’s favorite donut shop!
Guess who ordered the sprinkles. Yep, this guy!