The only amenities are a bathhouse, which we didn't use, and a small lake for swimming and/or fishing.
Wright-Patt AFB was established in 1948 when Patterson and Wright Fields merged. The base is named after the Wright brothers and Frank Stuart Patterson, son and nephew of the co-founders of National Cash Register -- also based in Dayton, OH -- who fatally crashed on June 19, 1918, during a flight test of a new mechanism for synchronizing machine gun and propeller at Wright Field. A tie rod broke during a dive from 15,000 feet, causing the wings to separate from the aircraft.
We were surprised how you go out one gate, drive down the road and go through another gate on the opposite side of the road to get to the BX and Commissary. There were multiple gates but only two are open on the weekends -- the main gate and the gate to the BX and Commissary, which means going and coming to FamCamp sends you around the flightline. By the time we left on Monday morning, we pretty much knew our way around:)
On Friday night, we discovered our coach AC was not working. Alan investigated every possible thing he could think of but was unable to identify the problem. Since it was hot and we were parked facing the West with no shade, we decided to just stay away as long as we could. Since it was the weekend, we assumed any attempts to find someone to check it out would be futile. We even considered purchasing a portable unit but decided not to. So we bought another fan and stayed away.
We took a picture of the photograph of the dedication of the Wright Brothers Memorial on display at the memorial.
Later in the afternoon, we moved on to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. There is so much to take in that it took us Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday to see it all. Therefore, our visit to the Museum will be a separate posting. So stay tuned as we continue to sift through the numerous pics we have and attempt to organize our thoughts.
As we continue to make our way to South Dakota, we continuously think of our family and friends. I keep saying how blessed we are, but it's true. We are blessed to live in the United States of America and the freedoms we enjoy and oftentimes take for granted. As we approach July 4, may we remember our brave men and women that serve and protect this great country every day and the awesome sacrifices they and their families encounter on a daily basis. May we never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we remain the greatest free country in the world.
May God continue to bless our voyage and may God continue to bless our family and friends, near and far.