USNA 2/C Weekend

THS

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Looking forward to the upcoming 2/C weekend. Who else is going? Seems like Plebe Parent Weekend was just a few weeks ago. We received the schedule and info packet, is there anything else we should be aware of? Attend/visit with our mid?
 

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We have already decided that we won't attend next year. We are not the least bit interested in football nor viewing a parade and would prefer to visit on a 3 day weekend (Columbus Weekend). This will allow us to spend more time with our Mid and ideally won't have much of Saturday shaped around a football game. The wife and I have seen college classes and we have both seen dorm rooms. Also, Columbus weekend is less 'crowded ' in the Annapolis area. (I am not disparaging USNA football - it's just not how I would want to spend the limited time we have to see our Mid and do what is interesting to us)
 

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But your Mid still is required to attend the home game, if there is one. Oh now I get it, maybe Navy is away next year for that weekend because I know they're home playing AF this Columbus Day weekend.
 

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We have already decided that we won't attend next year. We are not the least bit interested in football nor viewing a parade and would prefer to visit on a 3 day weekend (Columbus Weekend). This will allow us to spend more time with our Mid and ideally won't have much of Saturday shaped around a football game. The wife and I have seen college classes and we have both seen dorm rooms. Also, Columbus weekend is less 'crowded ' in the Annapolis area. (I am not disparaging USNA football - it's just not how I would want to spend the limited time we have to see our Mid and do what is interesting to us)
Check the calendar as oftentimes the Annapolis sail/powerboat show happens on Columbus Day weekend ( as is this year) and it is CROWDED!!My father is headed to the Air Force game at Navy to see my DS as he was Air Force and he could not get a room except for 20 miles away.
 

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But your Mid still is required to attend the home game, if there is one. Oh now I get it, maybe Navy is away next year for that weekend because I know they're home playing AF this Columbus Day weekend.

My point is Columbus Weekend with or without a home football game still provides us with all day Sunday and Monday and no parade on Friday. If there is a football game - we would attend and as you say - the Mid has to attend
 

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In town already. 2/C weekend = opportunity to visit the Amish Market. A Win-Win situation!
 

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My point is Columbus Weekend with or without a home football game still provides us with all day Sunday and Monday and no parade on Friday. If there is a football game - we would attend and as you say - the Mid has to attend

Makes sense. That weekend isn't a big holiday for the private sector so accommodations/travel, etc should be lighter. Enjoy!!
 

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In town and asked DS if there's a chance we can see him tonight. He replied, "no, it's like prison, I can't get out til Friday ..."
 

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You could go see him and grab food in Dahlgren or even take him food, go for a walk, etc. More than likely he has a ton going on and stuff due tomorrow so focusing on that so he can spend the weekend with you guys. It's more like a half way house than prison.
 

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A few years ago, one of our sets of 2/c sponsor parents loaded up the trunk of their rental car with plastic bowls, spoons, cartons of ice cream in a disposable cooler, a scoop, Hershey's syrup, jimmies, ReadiWhip cans, and rolled into the parking lot near their DD's wing for an impromptu ice cream social. DD brought company mates and friends down. Dad is a retired AF colonel, decided an ice cream mission was required.
 

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Columbus Day weekend in Annapolis = Sailboat show.

It might not be a popular weekend across the country, but it is a very big weekend in Annapolis. Don't expect easy traffic or lodging locally.

I believe it is still the largest in water sailboat show in the country.
 

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Columbus Day weekend is 7-9 Oct.

Sail Boat Show Week is followed by Power Boat Show Week. Hundreds of boats, thousands of exhibitors and Show-goers. Parking lots are full, as are accommodations for miles around. Many street parking spots are roped off for show support. Traffic oozes around downtown. Restaurant reservations are full. Locals stay away. You can see from the link below the scale, and the overhead shots show the hull-to-hull boats packing the harbor.
http://www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-sailboat-show/

I live 6 miles from USNA, usually takes me 18 minutes to get to Gate 8. Boat Show, even going back way, can be 45 minutes. Forget Gate 1.

The Navy-Air Force football game is that weekend, so the USNA reunion classes for that game, and attending AF alum for an always-sold-out game, add in a x10 factor.

You could scoop him up after the game and head over to Ocean City or Rehoboth Beach for 2 nights, or stay in DC, or go into WV/VA/MD mountains for a getaway.

When we lived on the Yard, we would walk out to the Boat Shows and enjoyed it. As locals now, we avoid it.

If you go, and can't find a hotel near Annapolis, check the BWI airport hotel district, or Arundel Mills area, or Ft. Meade/Odenton area, all about 17-20 miles from Annapolis.
 
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We went to the Saturday portion of 2/C weekend (and the game!!) even though our mid is studying in Africa for the semester. We went to the game and hung out with our DS's company-mates and met other parents of these mids we have gotten to know ( many have been to our house for long weekends as we only live 2.5 hours away). The general theme is they are swamped with work, so expectations about how much time you can spend with your mid has to be low. I would say most parents loved it and were appreciative of any time they had with their mid. But I can see going some other weekend when they are not so swamped...although not sure when that is!
 

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We had a great time over the Parents Weekend. I really enjoyed sitting in on several classes and meeting his friends and their parents. It kind of stunk that most of our Mids had an Electrical Engineering exam at 6:55 this morning. I'm sure mine didn't study as much as he needed to. :(
 

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We weren't aware that this week was a test week until DS' sponsor parents told us - he was busy studying for tests and other obligations we didn't get to spend as much time with him as we expected. But all in all it was a good trip. Did anyone else see the c/o 2019 commitment scroll in the building across from King Hall? Actually found DS' signature.
 

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We enjoyed Parents weekend. We enjoy catching a football game at least once per year and it was interesting to sit in on classes and see some off the normally off-limits areas of USNA. Most important, DD really wanted to show us around and have us meet some of her company mates. She mentioned several times prior to the weekend how she really was looking forward to showing us around, so we wouldn't have missed it.

She did have to do a lot of studying with tests this week and wished Parents weekend was after 6 week exams as it has been in the past. Another example of something you can't control so you make the best that you can of the situation.
 
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