374 has been BEGGING to go since FDIC 2012. We were not able to go in 2012, even though it's only a two and a half hour drive from us. He swore we would make it this year - and we did.
The end of February he started a job with a new employer, leaving him with no vacation time. We wouldn't have been able to make it down before all the festivities were over for Friday, so we decided to just drive down early Saturday morning.
We left at the crack of dawn. Getting me out of bed that early is a feat. I hope he knows just how much I love him. It was EARLY. We got down there just before the exhibits opened, and spent all day making our way through each and every booth.
The kids spent a lot of time checking out all the different trucks and engines. We spent a considerable amount of time talking to the great people in the Black Diamond booth. 374 is sold on their boots. I'm hoping to be able to surprise him with a pair by Christmas.
We also made a special stop at the MN8-Foxfire booth to visit Zach and his crew. The kids were decked out in Foxfire shirts that Zach had given them previously on our trip to the office. They enjoyed a trip through the trailer with Willie Wines from Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen Blog. Zach snapped a picture of the kids with his son - all three were wearing the infamous shirts. I got to say a quick hello, and update him on our t-shirt sales before he had to get back to work. His booth was the most busy booth by far Saturday. At one point I couldn't even make my way through the people to walk up and see what he had for sale! If you aren't familiar with his illuminating products, check them out. 374 LOVES his helmet band and tets. I'm not sure love is even the right word! He picked up a couple illuminating FDIC 2013 tets for his helmet, and his buddy's.
One of our last stops was at the Black Helmet Apparel booth. 374 picked up one of their new Fire 3D Flex Fit Caps in Charcoal on Black. This is his first hat from Black Helmet. I'm going to give him some time to break it in, and then you will see a review on that in a few weeks/month.
We had a great day. The only thing
Here's a few pics that I did manage to get Saturday.
We spent a good amount of time in the Braun booth. 374 showed the kids his handiwork on the ambulances they brought down to show.
374's handiwork up close...
The kids posing with an ambulance from 374's plant. See, Sassy gets her name naturally!
Bubby in the driver's seat of another Braun ambulance.