Adam and I spent our second to last weekend together by spending Friday night and Saturday on Coronado Island. Adam found out from his recruiter that the Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado was hosting a Parade of Flights, in honor of their 100th anniversary. Adam was interested in going, so we booked a hotel room at the Glorietta Bay Inn, a hotel that used to be a mansion, that has be renovated into a very nice hotel. We spent Friday afternoon and all day Saturday exploring the island. It was my first time on the island, and Adam's second time. However, it did not feel as if we were on an island, but rather a suburb of San Diego.
We spent Friday afternoon walking along the beach, looking at the shops along Orange Avenue (the main street on the island), and having a nice dinner together. Saturday was quite different. We got up at 7am, enjoyed a continental breakfast on our balcony, got ready and left. As the event was supposed to start at 9am, we left by 8:15, and prepared there to be a large crowd. Boy were we surprised when there were thousands of people there! There was probably easily over 15,000 people there. It took about an hour to get parked on the Naval base, then another hour of waiting in line to get into the event area, and another 2 hours to view 2 out of the 3 ships available for viewing. It was a day, to our surprise, full of rushing around just to find yourself waiting. The first ship we viewed was an aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis. It was such a big carrier! The second ship we got to tour, was a Destroyer, the USS Pickney. Basically, it was a ship built complete with weapons of mass destruction. You do not want to mess with this ship! By 2pm we were exhausted and sun burned, and ready to get off the island. We saw what we had wanted to see and were content. We got a late lunch at Panera Bread and headed back on the freeway.
Since we knew we were going to be in the area, we met up with Adam's aunt and uncle and cousin who live in Oceanside. We had dinner at Rubios (of course :) and had a great time catching up with them. By the end of our visit we both were literally physically exhausted and just wanted to be in bed. Our fatigue was the result of a great weekend.
Here are some pictures from our weekend:
Our walk on the beach
Us on the Stennis
A helicopter on the Stennis
A picture of the ship we didn't view, along with the entrance of the Destroyer
A machine gun you do not want to mess with on the USS Pickney
Part of the air show, The Navy Seals Parachuting team
We really enjoyed our time together, as we are cherrishing the time we have left with each other before Adam leaves in just less than a week. Being on the island felt "weird," because it is a possibility of a place we could get stationed at (we hope!!!) This being the case, we really did enjoy our time of exploring. We know that everything is up to God, as our lives have and will always be in resting in His hands. He already has created our future, we are just waiting to fulfill it. We are getting more and more excited, anxious, and scared for what the next couple of months will bring to our lives. We just have to patiently wait and see what God will bring.
On Sunday we had a farewell dinner for Adam to say his "See you soon" to my family. We had a late lunch at my grandparents house, including both of our parents, my brother, and my grandparents. It was a very nice time, which concluded with them praying over Adam and I, for health, safety, and protection for the next couple of months ahead that we are quickly going to face.
All-in-all, we had a very nice, loving, warm weekend together!!