Early last fall, Megan and I visited her dad (Mike) at the airport where he serves as Operations Supervisor for the Omaha Airport Authority. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! He works overnights, so we went under cover of darkness and in the cloak of a truck to check out the midnight runways!
Megan and I shared the same favorite thing from the trip; the pump station! These pump stations bale out groundwater that could bubble to the surface and compromise the safety of the runways. The interior of the structure was loud, and each shaft we looked down was full of sand and water. . . .I can't imagine what subterranean secrets were held there.
Beyond the pumps, there was also Situation Rooms, Glowing X's, and Empty Fed Ex planes! See below for a photographic illustration of our Airport Adventure!
A view of the Runway from inside the Airport Truck.
It looks like we're ready to Take Off.
How do you know when a runway is closed?
There will be a Huge Blinking Illuminated "X" on it!
This is it fully lit.
This is the X mid-lit
This is the mid-blink X
This is me in front of the Fully Lit X!
This is a side-view of the X. . . this could be the best yard art ever.
We learned that shipping crates are not all square, but instead are varying shapes that can Lego & Tetris into the interior of these freight planes - Exciting New Fact.
Sometimes an Occupied Situation Room is exciting, but more often than not,
these Two Birds prefer a Vacant Situation Room
From left, Megan, Mike (Megan's Dad), and Trilety
Our Hungarian Nut Roll recipe is based on a recipe that Mike's Mom, Henrietta (aka Butch), used to bake every Christmas. For a while, we omitted the raisins from the recipe, but Mike's adorably gruff ribbing was the impetus for the raisins going back in the roll.
Megan's father is a joy to be around, he's generous and strong, and has the swagger and language of a man straight out of a 1940's Detective film. We had a ball with him that night, and hope to be invited back to the airport again.
What are your adventures?