A Weekend Off

I decided to take a break this weekend. I have been working 6 or 7 days a week for the past 6 weeks and I was tired. Not to mention, sore. I thought I’d relax, read a book or two, or maybe clean my house. Anything but home improvements. Instead, I got an offer to go to a kickoff event at Great Park in Irvine, California. I don’t know what they were kicking off though.

The future park is to be built on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. It was closed in 1999, and spent 5 or so years as the battle ground between those that wanted to turn it into a national airport, and those that did not. The “did nots” won that battle, and the land was sold to the highest bidder to turn it into a park.

It was a cute little party, probably thrown with the intent of keeping the park in the mind of the town folk. It was free to park, free to enter, and they offered free snacks and soft drinks. After checking out the schedule of events, we decided to hang around for the bagpipe march and the WWII Vintage aircraft flyover.

The bagpipe march was a bit disappointing, consisting of one drummer and one bagpipe player. It was somewhat cute though. Shortly after that, the old bi planes flew overhead in a variety of different formations.

They didn’t move nearly as fast as the Blue Angels, but that’s okay. I was able to take photos!

More photos (all of the planes in different formations) can be found at http://flickr.com/photos/vitasenzalimiti/sets/72157606128306524/. As usual, it’s best to view as a slideshow.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the rest of my weekend!

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One Response to A Weekend Off

  1. Laura says:

    Looks like there were some great old airplanes! Bummer about the bagpipe thing. Gotta wonder why they didn’t get one of the teams down there for the event. There are a couple good ones in the area.

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