Tuskegee and their Airmen

Monday, May 28, 2012

I love being up so early whilst on vacation.  ARGH!
The last two days have been great.  We flew to Atlanta on Saturday.  Our flight was delayed for almost an hour for no reason at all.  It hadn’t started raining or storming yet.  Nope, we took off in the storm.  That was such a bumpy take off and the first 30 minutes was pretty awesome turbulence.  You know it is “awesome” when the flight attendants don’t even get out of their seats.

Kim, Eric, Uncle Dennis and Aunt Beverly
After getting our bags and renting the car we headed down I-85 towards Tuskegee, AL.  Silly me forgot that we actually go back an hour because it is in CT.  Duh!  We met Uncle Dennis at their house and we went over to the Strong Connection Family reunion.  It was interesting.  It was Aunt Beverly’s family.  We met at 101 year old civil rights participant.  I can’t remember what she did but it was in Selma, AL in 1965 and I think it was with MLK Jr.  We also got the meet Bev’s son Eric, his wife Tajuana, and daughter Erica and Kaci.  We also meet Andre’s daughter Ariel.   It was cool with tons of food, some that I’ve never heard of or tasted.  I have to be honest I wasn’t too adventurous…I had southern fried chicken and corn…I know I’m boring.  In the evening we went back to Dennis and Bev’s house.  We watched the movie Red Tails which is about the Tuskegee Airmen, it came out in this year.  It was interesting. Dennis pointed out things that were wrong about the planes…haha! We stayed in Auburn, AL for the night. It is about 15 minutes away.

Yesterday we went back to Tuskegee.  First stop was the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.  The site commemorates the contributions of African American airmen in World War II. Moton Field was the site of primary flight training for the pioneering pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. It was constructed in 1941 as a new training base.   Very cool and interesting!
Eric, Tajuana and Kaci on their way to Orlando

After that we went back to Dennis and Bev’s house.  Eric and his family spent the night so we spent most of the day talking with them.  They are going to Orlando today and Bev is going along.  She didn’t realize they were leaving yesterday so unfortunately we didn’t get to see too much of her as she was busy packing.  Eric (her son) kept telling her 2 bags. Apparently she packs way too much. LOL!

After they left for Atlanta, Dennis took us around the area.  We saw the dam in Tallassee and the old Civil War Armory.  We drove up to Martin Lake and up to Horseshoe Bend Military Park. But it was closed already for the day.  :(

Today we head back to Atlanta or as I like to say HOTlanta.
More pictures at: http://kim-eric.com/2012/Atlanta/05.26.12/05.26.12.htm

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