On Saturday, October 3rd, just after the first session of General Conference, we hopped in the car and headed to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the air show. We thought we left with enough time to catch the tail end of the afternoon show, but it was not meant to be. Instead, we witnessed an accident, sat in traffic, inched our way to a parking spot, then stood in line for a bus ride to the grandstand. The Blue Angels performed while we were in line for the bus. We were pretty sad to have missed them, but at least we could see them flying by while we waited. Once we got to the grandstand, we found out that the afternoon show was over and they weren't letting people in to sit down until the evening show started. We plopped down on the dirty ground in what tiny bit of shade we could steal from the information booth, and broke out our snacks and sandwiches. We were not alone there. Once seated in the grandstands, we enjoyed a bit of the evening show, getting a big kick out of the jet-propelled semi truck, the Patriots jet team, and the prop plane stunt man (little red plane pictured below). We tried to make it to the Wall of Fire, but the boys were freezing in their t-shirts and shorts. We were definitely not prepared to be there as long as we were because we had hoped to see more in the afternoon and less in the evening. Luckily, a nice lady behind us tapped The Chief on the shoulder and shoved a blanket into his lap for the boys. In the end, we left right after the last flight of Fat Albert, a jet-propelled prop plane that is part of the Blue Angels. I'm happy we could witness that considering it's the last time "he'll" fly.
Moral: Go earlier next year. Way earlier.