Nov 2011 I’m in Georgia!
If you’ve been flying very long you’ve learned you have to remain flexible at all times. Today I’m happily on the south Georgia coastline getting ready for a ferry ride to Cumberland Island for a fun day. Friday night I wasn’t sure we were even going to get here. Boyd hasn’t had a vacation in over a year and I finally convinced him to take a week off and head whichever direction the weather looked good. He wanted to fly his Mooney 231 so I was willing to “sacrifice” and navigate our way to the warm weather and sunshine. Of course, things don’t always go as planned and at the last moment the 231 decided to have mag issues. No problem, I was happy as could be to switch it up, be the PIC and head southeast – at half speed.
Seems like every tandem airplane is always cold in the back. In the fall and winter whoever gets that seat needs to be prepared.
We departed at 8:10 a.m. and watched the sun rise to the southeast. Although it would have been a non-stop Mooney flight, our 6.25 flight time included 2 stops. First was to refuel at Sommerset, KY (KSME) at their self-serve pump. The FBO is amazing; they had a modern airline terminal built not too long ago but they no longer have air service in and out. So, the FBO took the terminal over – Â it’s a major step up from your run of the mill FBO.
Incredibly, ground fog is still lurking at 12:30 when we’re thinking “What’s for lunch?”
Oh darn, hungry or not, our lunch/fuel stop at 1A3 Copperhill, Tennessee was tucked under the edge of the fog and a no go. Always nice to be fat with fuel.
Me, miss a meal? Not a chance. We ate peanut butter and crackers I brought along standing a the fuel pump at Gainsville, GA. Dinner better be really good tonight!
It was a gusty landing at Jessup, Georgia but that was the least of my worries. I taxied up and swung the tail around, hopped out to tie it down and was greeted by an unnoticed ant hill in the grass. OMG, within seconds I must have had 200 of those little red critters climbing up my shoes and pants taking bites out of me!! I’m sure it was a sight to see, me jumping up and down, kicking and picking ants as fast as I could move. They were determined to get me and I was even more determined to get them. I won!