Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blue Angels Whiz the Clear Skies During Fleet Week in San Francisco

Growing up in a military town, I never had the desire to watch the Blue Angels showcase their aerobatic maneuvers at the Miramar Air Show. But for some reason now that I'm in San Francisco, it became a must-see event I couldn't miss.

We watched the Blue Angels from a rooftop in Russian Hill.

The Blue Angels team is stationed in Pensacola, Florida during the show season, but the squadron spends January through March training pilots and new team members at Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, which also happens to be where my parents live. I wonder if they'll let me check out the "facilities" next time I visit my folks. :)

The Barbary Coast Trail guided tour was led by Jeff.

Since I had Columbus Day off, when Paula asked if I wanted to spend my day as a volunteer to help support our troops, I jumped at the call of duty and blindly accepted the mission with honor and pride.

The guide talks about the history of the two connected islands in the San Francisco Bay, man-made Treasure Island and Yerba Buena.

Little did I know, the volunteer work would consist of me and the girls (Paula, Patricia, Leila, and Maya) wrangling 100 U.S. Marines and Navy soldiers while they walked the Barbary Coast Trail! The trail is 1.9 miles long and the weather was scorching hot, but we successfully herded the troops with finesse. We ended the walking tour at the American Legion headquarters to enjoy a nice catered lunch and cold beers.

The American Legion California Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Foundation has been established as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, and the specific purpose of the Foundation is to establish a support foundation for the benefit of The American Legion. Everyone greeted us with vibrant, friendly smiles and the atmosphere was lively.

We escorted the sailors to Tiernan's Irish Pub.

Who knew volunteering would be such hard work?! Needless to say, arm twisting wouldn't be necessary if you asked me to volunteer again during Fleet Week! The things that I'd do for my country - just call me a true patriot!

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