Saturday, August 27, 2005

Last Adventure of the Summer

We packed up this last weekend and headed off to Loon Lake near
Reedsport for some time with our friends the Nielsens. Here's some
shots from the weekend.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Tillamook getaway

This last Monday Christina and I took a day off and drove out to Tillamook. Our first stop was pancakes and then off to the Tillamook air museum. What a place! The museum is housed in an absolutely huge WWII blimp hangar which held 5 K class blimps during the war. (Each was twice as big as the Goodyear blimp). These blimps kept the western coast safe from enemy submarines and provided escort for ships travelling across the ocean.

Well the blimps are there no more, but now there are around 50 planes on display. Here are just a few shots. The first shot is the hangar, something like 7 football fields would fit inside the hangar, let alone the fact that it is 15 stories tall!

Here's me, Adriel, in front of a WWII dive bomber, this was the largest rotary engine plane ever built, and boy was it big for a single pilot plane....

Christina in front of a WWI pilot mockup. (We were taking the audio tour, that's why we have headphones on.).

The famous DC-9, probably the most successful commercial plane ever. It's a beautiful plane, especially there in person. Very graceful design of the 1930's.

And Christina's personal jet... (Of course with today's gas prices it would be parked in the garage all year).

Speaking of planes in a garage, I found my dream project for "when I grow up." This is a kit that, in the '70's, you could purchase for $1500. With today's materials the same experimental plane can be put together for around $7000. Guess what engine it uses?... The same as you find in the old VW bugs!

When I was a missionary kid in Indonesia we flew around in these little Cessna 185's. As a kid they seemed much larger, now my head hits the wings (Christina is a cute little button, much shorter than I)...

Here's a Bell Ranger, you see them all over the place as news and police choppers. I love helicopters, they are amazing mechanically, but was surprised at how small this chopper was in person, when I stand next to it I can look right over the top. Not any bigger than a mini-van.

Well, after Christina finally dragged me out of the museum we headed to the Tillamook Cheese factory and then out to the beach for the afteroon. Later we enjoyed some outlet mall shopping and then a dinner date. Here's the beautiful Oregon Coast beach shot...

Catching you all up...

Hey, this is Adriel, I'm the Dad of the Henderson family. Christina is the wonderful mother who keeps us all going. David is 8 and loves space stuff (he wants to be an astronaut). Abbie is an adventerous 4 year old who loves to dance and grab our attention in any way possible. Another is on the way, in Christina's tummie right now, he or she will arrive in February.

We have two pets, both rather excentric. Kodak has been with us the longest, he is a very large gray cat. Toby is a Beagle, but watch out! - he sneezes "stuff" rather often due to a lifetime sinus problem.

Christina enjoys putting our photos into creative memories albums. I enjoy anything that flies including RC planes, but I'm dreaming big of a day when I can build a personal sized plane in the garage.

We're setting up this blog so we can share pictures and events with friends and family and capture lifes ups and downs as it goes by. So welcome to our family blog!