First taste of retirement! travel blog

Uncle Earl: our tour guide!

Albatross

B-52

SR-71 Blackbird

Cousin Norm's shop

Some McIver family members


We left Anaheim and slowly made our way north on I-5 through greater Los Angeles. After climbing and descending the Grapvine pass, we were finally on the plains again and able to resume normal driving speed. In California, the speed limit is usually around 70mph - unless, of course, you are a trucker or are towing a trailer - then you are limited to 55mph. Boring. Boring. Boring. You get the point.

We arrived in Atwater, CA just in time for supper. Jim's uncle Earl McIver, whom we had met for the first time only last year, was our host. We were also pleased to meet some family members who live in the area.

On Thursday, October 1st, uncle Earl was our very knowledgable tour guide as we spent the morning at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater. We had spent the night at the RV park located on the museum grounds. He is also the museum Crew Chief on the SR-71 Blackbird.

There are over 50 restored military aircraft on the museum grounds and more are in the restoration process. Well worth seeing, that's for sure. And Jim got to add to his seemingly unending stock of aircraft photos. Bonus! Thanks, Uncle Earl.



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