I was one of the seemingly tens of thousands of people who made my way down to the Quonset Air Show this weekend. And boy, do I regret it!
My previous experience with the air show was about 15 years or so ago. At that point, there was no Interlink at the T.F. Green airport. So that meant I sat in roughly two hours of traffic to make it into the air show.
I was told that the show has grown in popularity over the years. So that meant I was simply never going to bother going back.
However, this weekend, I was seduced by the fact that the Interlink was offering free parking, and the trains were offering free rides to the air show. I figured that the service from the airport in Warwick into Quonset would make the travel into it relatively painless. Furthermore, the weather today was forecast at a high of 75 degrees on Sunday. That, I thought, would make it a great day to be outside.
What a disastrous miscalculation that was!
For some reason, it took the trains 45 minutes to get from Warwick to Quonset. I could have gotten there faster by my own car (on a day with regular traffic). I was silly enough to assume that traveling by train was faster than car. I forgot, however, that this is Rhode Island, where down is up and…you get the idea.
During the ridiculously crowded train rides there and back–the trains only ran from Green to Quonset three times all day–there was always at least 3 toddlers or babies screaming at the tops of their lungs. How pleasant.
Once my friend and I arrived there, we had to walk about a mile, in the dirty sand, no less, to make it to the main viewing area. There had to be tens of thousands of people there. I’ve seen less density inside a can of sardines.
Back to the weather. It was supposedly a picturesque day, at least as far as temperature was concerned. But I still managed to feel uncomfortably hot the whole day long–most likely due to the density.
They were supposedly going to be food and drinks there. And of course there was. The wrinkle, however, was that there was going to be some serious price gouging. Would you like a hot dog? That’s $6. A Del’s Lemonade to wash that down? Well, you see, that’s $5.
And despite the fact that there was ridiculous greed from the food vendors, there still managed to be horrific lines at the food stands/trucks all day.
The planes were cool. I guess. But pardon me, but if I see airplanes doing cool tricks for 15 minutes, that’s enough. Do I really need to see 5 hours of that? I don’t. Apparently I’m in the super vast minority. What else is new?
Lastly, if I thought the children on the train were loud, they were no match for these airplanes. I’m a rock music fan, so I can handle high decibels. Well, not here. The noise level was obnoxious.
About an hour after I arrived, I couldn’t wait to leave. The big problem was my train didn’t arrive until 2 hours later. Even though I made it to the train station an hour before it arrived, I was still afraid there wouldn’t be room for me on it thanks to the massive crowd already assembled.
Thank Heavens there was. I was never so happy to get onto public transportation. The 45-minute ride back felt like 3 hours. But getting back was a MASSIVE relief.
I hope everyone else had fun at the air show! See you there next year, Quonset!