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May 26th, 2014:

Spruce Goose

Daddy and Cooper with the Spruce Goose in the background

McMinnville attracts tourists for both their wine vineyards and the Evergreen Aviation Museum, we were there for the latter. It is the home of the Spruce Goose (Hughes H-4 Hercules) which is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. This is also the name of the cafe we flew to for each boys’ first flights in our plane. So it was fitting we went to see the plane the cafe is named after. Cooper was in heaven at the museum. Running around saying “airplane” thousands of times and pointing to airplanes in all directions. There was one non-airplane related piece that caught his attention. It was the donation funnel, he watched many coins go around and around and insisted on more when each one finally fell. There was a great kids area with a real airplane (not sure what adult would be crazy enough to fly in such a small plane) and many push airplane toys.

Cooper sitting in a real airplane built for 1

We spent our last morning enjoying a fantastic breakfast at Crescent Cafe, known for their fresh squeezed OJ from 5 different kinds of oranges. With our early risers we were done with breakfast by 8am and enjoyed the very quiet streets of McMinnville for one final family stroll before flying home. It was a great weekend and fun first family vacation, ending with both kids taking a snooze on the flight home.