After the 4th of July, we spent most of the month traveling. We started the month off with a two-week visit to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Bryan had a mandatory Flight Surgeon training as part of his curriculum. We drove a long 7 hours but we had two friends ride with us to keep us company.
Story: The first day we were there, I decided to go on a run in the morning. I got about a mile in and tripped over a curb and ate the sidewalk. I scraped up my hands, ankle, and hip – No fun! Fortunately, it was a 2 minute walk to the hospital and they were able to clean me up and bandage a few areas. I texted Bryan about it, not giving many details and I think he was thinking it was a lot worse than it was, ha ha!
Anyways, Bryan was in classes for most days and I was working hard to finish three weeks of school work + finals during those two weeks. When we had some time off, we visited Cincinnati and Newport, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and King’s Island. It was nice to spend some time away from home but the worst part of it was having to eat out every single day… I was so excited to cook in my kitchen again.
We found a festival going on at Washington Park in downtown Cincinnati. There were tons of vendors and food trucks!
This girl is the cutest.
The Wright brothers developed the first airplane in Dayton and later flew it in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina which we (ironically) visited right after Ohio for our belated honeymoon. The Air Force museum highlighted the Wright brother’s early developments and was organized into hangars of planes found in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and space travel.
A beautiful stained glass memorial.
The stealth jets were definitely my favorite. These planes and the ones below were not part of the actual museum but I was able to drive over to another part of base to view these ones. Some of the planes in this hangar are actually being used by the Air Force today.
The presidential planes have all been restored and you could walk inside. Pretty neat!
Unfortunately, I only have TWO pictures from King’s Island but we rode coasters there all day. I forgot how much I love amusement parks. I think it brought out the kid in both of us!
A few other things we did:
1. Visited Bryan’s friend from Officer’s Training who lives in the area and is about to leave for Germany for three years! We ate dinner with him and another friend at his home.
2. While in Cincinnati, we discovered that the All-Star Game was that weekend so there were events all around us. We walked over the bridge to Newport, Kentucky and ate at an amazing seafood restaurant on the water. The hush puppies were to die for. We wandered to a few festivals and had great fun exploring the city.
3. We tried Graeter’s Ice Cream… A staple of Ohio!
Mango, watermelon, and peach!
That sums up short visit to Ohio. I’m trying to gather, edit, and organize all the photos from our honeymoon so those will be coming soon!