Thursday, December 23, 2010

Vacation Day 5 - Part I

Since it was still raining on Day 5, we headed back to Balboa Park to hit the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Science Center.

Here are my favorite photos from the Air & Space Museum. Two of them are counted in my list of favorite photos from our entire vacation. I'll note** them.

Of course I will. I note everything.

Note 1: Bridgette cried for 1.5 hours straight when we arrived. We don't know why. We almost left in utter frustration but were glad we didn't. After she was finished crying, she flipped her happy-switch, and we enjoyed the rest of the day.

Note 2: This is Bridgette flying a plane. She is holding the joystick, and the plane is moving around in the wind tunnel in front of her.

Note 3: You can see the wind blowing her hair as she concentrates on flying.

Note 4**: This is one of my FAVORITE photos of Bridgette.

Note 5: No Air & Space Museum is complete without a hands-on Bernoulli Effect display. This was Bridgette's introduction to the principle, and this series of photos makes me chuckle.

Sub-note 1: OK, so I put the ball here.

Sub-note 2: OOOOOOOOOOooooooooh!

Sub-note 3: WHOAH-HO-HO!

Sub-note 4: WOW!

Sub-note 5: "Uh! Uh! Hep!"

Sub-sub-note 1: Translation of sub-note 5 -- "I am SO MAD! It won't come DOWN! I can't reach it! MOM! I CAN'T REACH IT!"

Note 6: Not unusual in our world-of-sizing to have one-sized too big...

Note 6, con't: ... one-sized just right, and one-sized too small.

Note 7**: This is also one of my favorite photos of all time. I wish we had used it as our Christmas card photo.

Note 8: I have no idea who this kid is. Bridgette had been flying her airplane for a while, and right as she decided to get out, this little boy came over and fastened a helmet on her head. She didn't seem to mind, so we let him. It was one of those odd, funny moments.

Note 9: We took a short off-world detour and bounced on the moon.

Note 10: Too big.

Note 11: Too small.

Note 12: Just right.

Note 13: Among planes, this is probably my favorite. The birds you hear in the video are either ravens or crows, birds not being my specialty, and they matched the Blackbird nicely - how apropos.

Note 14: For people who like to read stuff.

Note 15: For people who want to see the Blackbird from another vantage point.

Note 16: One of Bridgette's newly-learned words / activities and a common request in parking lots. "Mom? SPLASH!"

So, I left a lot of photos out, but I should make a special note that -- oh wait...

Special Note 1: At the museum, there was a black Cobra Attack Helicopter mounted and hanging from the glass of the inner-atrium. It was mounted nose-down at a slight left-angle and it's blades were spinning, both top and rear rotors. It was loaded with unarmed (I assume) rockets, but the effect was chilling. I couldn't help being a little freaked out by it actually.


Lore said...

Sca-wy. Love it. Were the engines really designed by Kelly Johnson?

I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember you and your brother flying that airplane in the wind tunnel.

Looking forward to Part II.

Heidi said...

Jeff almost looks like he's part Klingon in the picture with the helmets. lol.

123 checkoutourfamily said...

I can't believe how much Bri is growing. Wow, it's so crazy!

I hope we get to see ya'll this summer. I'm way past morning sickness now :) 6 more weeks till delivery.