Off we go….

My theme for this summer is “Adventures are closer than you think”. Activities don’t have to be long, expensive or even on the schedule to be wonderful. Saturday was the perfect example of an impromptu adventure. A few days ago we heard about a small “fly-in” at the Lynchburg Airport sponsored by Freedom Aviation ( and Liberty University Aviation.

We drove to the airport, were greeted by student volunteers and boarded a shuttle bus. What a pleasant surprise was waiting for us! The first person that we saw was a member of Rolling Thunder who gave each person a small American flag. There were planes used by Liberty University for flight training, vintage war planes, local emergency vehicles, displays of WWII weapons and the piece de résistance…..veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

We got to walk on a huge C46 and admire the engines of some beautifully restored planes. LU airshow 004

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As a special treat for kids (ages 8 to 17) the Experimental Aircraft Association ( was offering free flights. My kids were more than happy to get the chance to go up in this small Cessna.
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We are so thankful to all of the wonderful volunteers who gave up so much of their time and resources to make it a special afternoon for my family. Even though events like this one are offered free of charge to the public there most certainly are costs associated to those that sponsor them. Search out these types of events. Give the sponsors the joy of seeing people at their event and then take a few minutes of your time to thank them for the hours that they spent so that your family could enjoy an adventure!

A warning from a mom….airshows are hot. Make sure that you keep your kids hydrated. We were drinking water but Sean got a little overheated. He missed the chance at a free flight because he was sitting in the air conditioned van. Since we are going to another airshow this summer in Niagara Falls, we have vowed to be more prepared. Lots of water before we even get there. Hats to help keep the sun off our heads, sunscreen, find shade where we can and never stop drinking water.


About amymapes

I am a mom with 3 kids who are growing up too fast. I love to bake and come up with hair-brained schemes that make my kids roll their eyes. We try to do lots of different things as a family....sometimes my kids even enjoy it!
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One Response to Off we go….

  1. fifi + hop says:

    Great to come across your blog and this post – I am a big proponent of being able to travel “near” just as much as “far” with my children and recently started a family travel blog, if you’re interested.

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