Parents Weekend Report
I am back, and I did have a great weekend with my son. Thursday night we arrived in town and met with 2011'sMom and her husband and had dinner, then we headed to the Academy to meet our cadets at the Chapel. This was not an 'official' visit, but since we knew our cadets went to chapel in the evening, we went there and had a nice half hour chat with them.
Friday we spent the morning touring the campus and taking a turn in the flight simulator in Fairchild Hall. My 10-year-old was in heaven. At 10 we went to the Parade Field for the Cadet Parade and flyovers, then went to Mitchell Hall for lunch with our 4 degree. In the afternoon, I got to go to classes with my son, while the wife ran up to Denver to pick up our daughter and her friend who flew in a day later than us due to volleyball.
That evening we went to our son's squadron open house for an hour, then headed to the Officers Club for the Wisconsin Parents Association reception. I must say, the Wisconsin chapter has it's stuff together. They has a nice spread of snacks and drinks, and also had a duffel bag of goodies for the 4 degrees, and a gift pack for each of the upperclassmen. Our son got to leave base with us to stay at our hotel.
Saturday morning he had to be back to his dorm by 0800 to get ready for the football game, because he was a part of the push-up crew who did the push-ups after each Air Force score. We went to his squadron's tailgate party, and then watched as Air Force dominated South Carolina State 34-3 in Falcon Staduim. Before the game my son introduced me to Redhead89 and Potterfan from the other site. After the game, son was released to us for the rest of the weekend, and didn't have to be back to the Academy until 1900 on Monday. We headed to his sponsor family's house for a cook-out on Saturday evening, and had a great time meeting them. They are truly wonderful people who treat our son as one of their own. He is a retired Colonel and classmate of my uncle's (USAFA class of 1963).
Most of the rest of the time, he just wanted to hang out in the hotel and swim. (I think he just didn't want to put on his service dress to go out) We did go to Mass at the Chapel on Sunday and drove through Garden of the Gods on Monday, but otherwise we just relaxed and enjoyed seeing him.
We took him back at about 1700 on Monday, because he was terrified of being caught in traffic and being late. He was not mistaken, because as we drove out of the cadet area at 1845, the line of cars heading in was quite long and backed-up.
Overall the weekend went well. Our hotel was wonderful, but expensive (Staybridge Suites on Commerce Dr.) $269/night(ouch). The only bad experience we had was with our rental car. We had booked a full-size car (Dodge Charger or similar) through Advantage Car Rental in Denver. We were given a Hundai Azera , and told it was a full-size. We disagreed. It was small, but we didn't have a choice...all the other rental places were sold out, so we were stuck with it.
If any other parents want to share their weekend experiences, we would love to hear them. I am sure that other hopeful candidates and their parents would like to hear what the future may be like, too. Feel free to ask any questions about the Air Force Academy. I will try my best to help answer them.