Defenders of Liberty Air Show – No Go

Saturday, the Texas Halls boarded the Prius (*beep, beep!*) for a quick trip east.

Destination: Shreveport, Louisiana; The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air Show, at Barksdale AFB.

Last time I had taken Wyatt to the air show, he was 5 years old. I had asked him the other day if he remembered going with just me. Memory was hazy. So, I figured it was time to go and make memories as family.

We got to Shreveport in good time. Exiting the interstate, we quickly got in line for the air show. Now, traffic was backed up (read: not moving). I got into the other lane that was actually moving, and we made our way towards the base gate. I had thought that I’d just pull a California ninja move and sneak my way into the traffic that was turning left onto the base. Only a police car blocked the lane next to me. There was an officer walking from car-to-car telling folks that the base was at capacity. Tab quickly checked Facebook to confirm that no one was being allowed onto the base.

What do we do now?

We drove an hour away to be turned away due to too many people?

The base’s Facebook page talked about how the Brookshires Arena was a good place to watch the show. So, we drove over to the Arena. We could kind of see the planes flying, except when they dove down below the tree level. We hung out for a bit. Enjoyed walking around and just being outside (the weather was wonderful). Finally, we drove over to the boardwalk and Bass Pro.

I can confirm that what was once a busy place filled with shops is no more. The boardwalk had people hanging out but no shops to go into. Besides the movie theater and a smattering of restaurants, COVID clearly did the boardwalk wrong.


We walked around. Ate some ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. And then, made the journey back to Longview, Texas.

Overall, we had a great day. A little unexpected but fun. Sometimes it is nice to just get out and go somewhere.

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