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Snapshot: News-Sentinel readers rate their vacations Escape to Amador Castle Farm, Castle Air Museum

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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 7:50 am

Who: Lap and Yee Wong, Ivy Kwong, Sharon and Betty Lin, Mario, Lily and Philip Kong, Hui Kong, Hui Wong, Kwok and May Wong and Lillian Tam.

The trip: Amador Flower Farm and Castle Air Museum.

The highlights: A rustic drive to Amador Flower Farm. Located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road in Plymouth, the farm celebrated its 14th Annual Spring Fling in April.

In June, this 14-acre Amador Farm was brimming with people for “Daylily Days.” A wide array of row after row of orange and pink daylilies were in bloom, as well as other unique perennials and grass exploding in summer brilliance.

Stroll through the garden paths, or rest upon the bench admiring the spectacle of blossoms. Soak in crisp mountain air. Fuel up with idyllic atmosphere. Revere Amador Flower Farm’s hospitality, and find exultation for your own. 

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding (Prov. 3:13).

The Castle Air Museum in Atwater was named for Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle, who earned a posthumous Medal of Honor for his role in a WWII bombing mission over Europe in 1944.

The museum has grown into a lofty display and includes over 50 different restored military aircrafts outdoors to demonstrate each unique historic importance, while a few aircrafts are open for inspection.

The museum’s collection highlights the incredible diversity of technological innovation and the rapid advance in aircraft design that characterized this period of aerospace development.  The aircrafts — like the Mc Donnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, a fighter with the speed of 1,600 miles per hour — are phenomenal.

No aircraft is more associated with the strategic bombing than the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, a nuclear/conventional bomber that saw combat in the skies over Vietnam during the war, as well as the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan wars. It had chalked up numerous distance and speeds record, flew 12,500 miles nonstop without refueling from Japan to Spain in 1962.

I realize this mesmerizing outing, with the giant aircrafts exhibit, emanates a savvy how costly our freedom truly was and still is.

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