Michael left shortly before 8:00 am to meet a group of people who were going to the shooting range. There were about 10 or 12 guys that showed up to go to the shooting range. Michael took his own truck as we had to head out earlier than the group planned to be back. He shot 35 or 40 rounds, got a feel for his pistol and had a good time.
Michael was back home before 10:00 am and we did a last few minute things before getting into the truck and heading out for Ft. McCoy. We had tickets for the Boston/Doobie Brothers concert at 7:00 pm.
The plan was to leave about 11:15, get to McCoy about 12:15 and then to have lunch at McCoy’s on post. Unfortunately, once on post we found that McCoy’s and the Snack bar were both closed for the day due to the concert. So our only choice for lunch was at the Shopette/PX – Robin Hood Sandwiches or Anthony’s Pizza.
While we were waiting in line to order (the very loooonnng line) I noticed a female soldier ahead of us that looked familiar. I pointed her out to Michael and he immediately went over and struck up a conversation. It happened to be SFC Clare, a fellow AGR soldier from Michael’s last unit in Montgomery, Alabama. She has since been transferred to a unit in Miami, Florida and has 5 months until she retires. We did a little catching up while we ate and wished her well on her retirement. Once again…it’s such a SMALL Army world.
After lunch we did some browsing at the PX but didn’t buy a single thing! Kinda got our eye on a Samsung tablet…will have to do some research and see what we decide to do.
We were able to get our tickets at Will Call at 3:00 pm and then had to wait outside the gates to the actual concert grounds until 6:15. Luckily we were able to set up our chairs in the shade and relax while we waited. We were among some of the first in line to go in.
Michael went off to find a snack and I waited by our chairs. While waiting for him to return I was looking around at the increasing crowd and happened to spot my niece and her husband (one of my best friends from my childhood) walking my way. I was so excited to see them that I ran (really, I did!) over to them…they were as surprised as I was. It had been 2 years since we saw them and it was great! They spent the rest of the day with us and we were able to do quite a bit of catching up while we lounged in our chairs waiting for the gates to open.
The gates opened about 6:15 and it was pretty much everybody for themselves. We told Nikki & Joel to make a run for it and grab spots for 4 lawn chairs and we’d catch up…Michael wasn’t too far behind them and I took up the rear. They got a GREAT spot….about 9 rows back from the stage and smack in the middle right next to the center aisle.
The concerts themselves were AWESOME. The Doobie Brothers were up first and played 15 songs including the 2 encore songs. Click HERE for the setlist. There are still 2 of the original Doobies with the current band, Pat Simmons & Tom Johnston. Pat Simmons’ son, Pat Simmons Jr., also played a few songs before the Doobies came on stage.
After about a 45 minute break Boston came out to play and they did not disappoint. Even though there is only one of the original band members, Tom Scholz, still with the group they did an awesome job. Boston has always been one of my favorite groups so to see them in person was wonderful. We were treated to 19 songs, with one 1 additional encore song. Interested in the setlist? Click HERE!
The concert ended just about 11:00 pm and with nearly 10,000 people in attendance we thought getting off post was going to be a major ordeal. Fortunately, it wasn’t! We were in the truck and off post in less than 10 minutes!
We hadn’t eaten dinner so we stopped at Arby’s and grabbed a sandwich for the drive home. The one hour drive back to the campground in Lake Delton was uneventful and we walked into the house at 12:30 on the dot but 12:32 we were in bed!