We found a spot in the shade near the hydroplane pits. We watched some boat qualifying and then took a tour of the pits to get up close with the hydros.
In the pits they have a rule against open toed shoes, and Jill got caught. The solution was "racing tape" courtesy of the Formula One Racing Team, whose boats are red.
Now she's well protected.
Isaac was impressed by the size of the piston engine still used in one of the big boats. Piston engines were once used exclusively and are loved for their thunderous noise, hence, thunder boats, as the were fondly called.
He also got to meet the driver of his favorite boat, Steve David of the Oh Boy, Oberto Team.
Most of the big boats are now powered by turbine engines, originally from Chinook helicopters.
Back on the beach, we settled in to watch boats, eat our picnic lunch, and watch the air show.
One of the top contenders, the U-1 Oh Boy, Oberto...
After testing and qualifying, the hydros are hauled out of the water and back on the trailers.
The crowds begin to gather and fill up the shore, in anticipation of the Blue Angels.
The log boom fills up with boats, like this sweet little number, and the boats fill up with watchers.
Much to the chagrin of motorists, the I-90 bridge is closed to traffic, and fills up with foot traffic.
The Blue Angels are preceded by their cargo plane, Fat Albert, who has a few tricks of his own.