Friday, July 24, 2009

A quick flight before heading to the campground

Plane: Cub, 85 hp
Route: 40I, Local
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, wind 280 degrees at 6 knots

Quick post, as I'm writing about this a week later at this point. The weather last Friday made for one of those days when you feel guilty if you don't make it up in an airplane. We were headed down towards Portsmouth, Ohio to spend the weekend camping at Shawnee State Park and drove right past Stewart on the way. Sure, we only spent a half hour in the air but I'm not one to complain.

It was a simple flight, just rolling off the turf in the Cub with the doors hanging wide open. I took us out over the tip of the lake and over the beach, rocking the wings to wave to all below. Part of me likes to think there's always at least one kid looking up and waving - not that I could ever tell from the cockpit at 1,000 feet. Then it was a quick descent back into the pattern at Stewart, where I set us down for possibly my best landing ever - definitely the best in a Cub. Total three point greaser where you just suddenly find yourself back on the grass.

Unfortunately, some severe storms rolled through on Saturday so we had to cut the camping trip short by a night. There's not much fun in being trapped inside a wet tent when you can't even go outside and start a campfire. It was a great park in some beautiful, hilly terrain though so we'll be headed back down sometime for a second go at it. On the bright side, at least we were able to make some S'mores in our fire pit back at home on Sunday!

Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File
Today's Flight: 0.5 hours
Total Time: 111.5 hours

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