More parent weekend questions

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  1. lga

    lga Member

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    We plan to meet the cadet Thursday for dinner (bring from outside?). When is their dinner time?

    There are a lot more flights to Denver (than COS), so we may want to fly there and drive. How long is the drive from DEV to AFA?

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  2. pjnavy82

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    It's about 80 miles from Denver Intl. to Cadet Dr. at USAFA on google maps. Mostly on freeways. Not sure about traffic.

    PJ
     
  3. Texasrocks

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    you can take the tollway which cuts off alot of traffic.
     
  4. Stealth_81

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    It is about an hour drive from Denver International to USAFA. It can be longer depending on traffic, so try to avoid arriving after 3PM or you will hit traffic on I-25 with all of the commuters heading from Denver back to Colorado Springs.

    As far as bringing dinner to eat with your cadet on Thursday night, I have never heard of anyone doing this. I won't say it can't happen, but I don't think the cadet will be allowed to do it. Instead, I would recommend telling your cadet to go to Chapel that evening after dinner and then you can meet them there for a while.


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  5. aggie83

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    We brought dinner and had dinner at the picnic tables outside Arnold Hall (had to go outside because all the tables were taken by cadets and their parents inside) on Thursday night of Parent's Weekend with our C4C this past Parent's Weekend. I highly recommend it. We sat outside (with many other parents and cadets). It was a gorgeous evening, and our cadet had so many wonderful and funny stories to share with us and his grandparents.

    Time to meet - it all depends on when your cadet gets done with classes and duties. Ours had his cell phone by then so we kept in touch and texted each other. I know it was at least 5 pm or after as we did not arrive in COS before then. He kinda wasn't sure if he was suppose to be up there so he ask me about what kinds of uniforms, were their sleeves in a certain position, etc. to make sure there were C4Cs up there (which there were tons of them). Your cadet will know closer to the time what his schedule is. I think we just played it by ear. We were driving to COS that day, and we scheduled our arrival in hopes of being able to have dinner with him.

    I will never forget that day. I was looking at some of the AF displays with my Dad and someone tapped me on the shoulder and there he was in his ABUs looking so tall and handsome :smile:
     
  6. dohdean

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    We also had dinner with our C4C on the Thursday night of Parents' Weekend. We brought food from one of the restaurants on Academy Blvd and ate on the grass by the chapel. It was at about 5:30 pm -- timing for cadets was dependent on class schedule and sports practice. We had plenty of time and there were many other families doing the same thing. This also made it easy to make plans for Friday morning, set up meeting spot, etc.

    On Friday morning, several squadrons sold coffee, juice, doughnuts, etc. (cheap) along the fence near the chapel. This also provided a good meeting spot.We arrived very early on Friday morning (something like 6:15) because we were concerned that it would be impossible to part. Parking in Arnold Hal parking lot was (of course) easy that early, though there were certainly other families in the parking lot with us -- parking and traffic were more hectic by 7:30 am certainly but my husband (who arrived separately was still able to find parking and make our daughter's first class).

    It will probably be less stressful than you imagine -- just set up meeting spots in advance (it was a little more difficult to meet up after the parade on Friday morning -- it was helpful to have a post parade meeting spot near to lunch than to try to meet on the parade ground).

    D. Dean
    C4C Carrigan Dean
    Warhawks, CS 40 (moving to 28)
     

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