While humid and warm, the weather was generally pretty good. We had an IFR clearance (that's Instrument Flight Rules for the non-pilots reading this, which allows you to fly in the clouds) over to Muncie (MIE) and that turned out to be helpful since we flew right through some clouds at 6,000 feet on our way over. Nothing like a little moisture to clean all the bugs off the plane. Otherwise it was an uneventful 35-minute or so flight and we were the only aircraft in the pattern when the tower cleared us to land. The restaurant in Muncie is pretty well regarded by pilots so that's one of the reasons we headed over from Dayton that morning. All the food was quite tasty and we relaxed while eating and saw quite a few other planes land out in front of the restaurant with hungry passengers.
Back on the ground at the hangar, we chatted for a few minutes before heading on our way. Any time in the air is a good time for me 99.9% of the time, and this was no exception. It was a lot of fun to go up with my girlfriend since a ride is the only way we can go up in a small plane together for the time being. I think it was also a good experience to talk and fly with a pilot who has been flying for over 40 years. As a beginning student, I don't deal with IFR or RNAV approaches - that's a loooong ways off right now - and it was great to have a chance to see them in flight. We also got to enjoy one of the great benefits of general aviation by flying somewhere that would have been nearly two hours by car in about a half hour. As far as I'm concerned, there really is no better way to spend a Sunday morning.