"It's better to be on the ground, wishing you were flying, than to be flying, wishing you were on the ground."Well that's what I was faced with in the middle of our trip. No matter how much I consulted the radar, Flight Service, and the weather gods we found ourselves stuck in Escanaba. We beat the weather in on Sunday (the original plan was to depart Tuesday morning) and then it never really left us behind. At least we got to spend some extra time with Gina's grandma!
Whether it was a line of thunderstorms and convective SIGMETs or LIFR ceilings and fog, the prognosis was not very conducive to VFR flight. I'll push my comfort zone slightly from time to time and build experience but it's certainly not something I was about to do on a long cross-country adventure over unfamiliar territory.
Let's just call this experience Why Having an Instrument Rating is Useful 101!