Playing Catch-Up… Hagen Family Reunion

We took a trip up to Detroit lakes a couple weeks ago for the Hagen Family reunion. Sue’s paternal grandmother is her link to the family and they have a big reunion every year on the shore of Lake Melissa.

It’s a very lovely cabin

The kids had a great time and probably spent more time in the water than they have in a while.

Russell taking a swim off the pontoon in the middle of the lake

Of course, the whole thing was a family event, and quite a crowd made it.

I think Sue is yelling at me to get in the picture… I almost made it

So we had a great time and plan to go next year. Our hosts were more than gracious and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. What a great time!

Early flight training

Friday we took a trip to Fleming Field in South St Paul to visit the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. A traveling educational program was there, showing a film about the Tuskegee Airmen.  We watched the 15 minute or so movie (great job being the only two kids in there actually paying attention!!) and then went around to look at some of the airplanes.

The kids actually got to sit in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant, which was used as a primary trainer.

Mary in the pilot seat

Mary got some instruction on flight controls from the crew chief

Russell in the pilot seat

Russell looking like he’s ready to head to Top Gun

They had several planes there and some vehicles, too.  The centerpiece of the Wing’s property is their P-51 which they have painted to mimic the ones used in World War II by the Tuskegee Airmen. Unfortunately it was getting some work done on it at the time…

P-51 "By Request"

Mary is out front there, since she wanted to sit in one of the “old chairs”. Those were the same kind of chairs we had at the reserve base when I was in the Navy…

Of course we had to have at least one slightly goofy picture:

If you have a chance, you can check out some of the info at the Red Tail Project.

Note: I’m actually posting this while hoping for the rain to go away. I’m supposed to be flying some training missions today for CAP, but it’s not looking good.

Update: Morning flight cancelled. Afternoon looking much better!

Cabinette 2011

Thought I would put up some pictures from our June trip to the lake.

Mary and Russell swimming

Mary and Russell get all wet

Mary forces a smile in classic fashion

And as usual, Russell is always ready with a pose…

I’m going to post some more, hopefully this week. We got a zoo trip, our new truck, a trip I took with the Civil Air Patrol…