As our big summer trip this year, my dad and I decided to take a six day road trip across southern California and Arizona to hit a number of museums that have been on our respective bucket lists for some time now.
Pima Air & Space Museum. Unlike the March Field stop the day before, this visit was actually planned. Surprisingly, we were very glad that we had taken the time to do both; the two museums ended up being rather complimentary.
I'll admit that yes, I have written essays on how I wish I could see more QR codes in the wild, so it was nice to see a good application of them, with QR codes that actually decoded and pointed you somewhere useful, but... it didn't quite work.
While standing in the middle of the Tuscon desert, looking at an airplane, my dad and I found ourselves at the slight disadvantage that we didn't happen to have wifi... Without a smart phone, we got to spend the entire time limited to looking at planes and wondering what the significance of this one is versus the last dozen we saw.
309th AMARG, which is an absolutely huge government facility dedicated to storing, maintaining, and stripping for parts excess portions of the US air forces plane inventory. The AZ desert serves itself ideal for this, due to the particularly low humidity, and the deserts unusually hard soil which spares the need to even build tarmac to park the planes on.
A mostly interesting day looking at airplanes, but frankly, without the AMARG tour we would have found the day and the expense particularly disappointing. Word from the wise; make sure to sit on the left side of the tour bus. They say both sides are equally interesting, but the right side of the bus was primarily dedicated to variations on the theme of the B-52. If you happen to be a huge fan of the B-52, by all means, but we were very thankful that we happened to be on the left.