May 2011 OK18 – We made it!!
I”m way behind! I had this almost ready to go yesterday but ran out of time to post it so here goes – better late than never, right?!
Well, it weren’t easy but we made it to OK18 ! We were ready to go before 7:00 a.m. Friday but the low ceilings kept us on the ground longer than we hoped. We checked the weather, waited, rechecked the weather, went out to breakfast, checked it again and finally got off about 11:00 a.m. We had 484 n.m. to go and the first leg got us a mere 16 n.m. Low ceilings are a drag!
So 2.5 hours on the ground there – and lunch,Â hallelujah, the ceiling finally started to raise enough for us to try it again. Â It wasn’t ideal but doable and wasn’t too long beforeÂ visability started improving, the ceiling went up and things were looking pretty darn good.
We did a lot of yakking on 123.45 all day about all the usual stuff; “What are you indicating?”, “Wow, look at all the flooding down there”, “Too much coffee, it’s time to land!” and all the important stuff.
When I transmitted “Oh, there’s a Walmart!” on 123.45 and heard back “Get a cell phone” I think I must have crossed some unspoken line. Get over it, buddy!!
When the weather broke and we started having greatÂ visabilityÂ and ceilings, we really started having a great time.
We plopped down at Flora, Illinois ’cause it looked like a beautiful spot and somebody…… drank too much coffee!
I don’t have a picture yet but I followed the Super Cub into 36 at OK18, the preferred runway because you come in over the water and have a clear approach. Arrived 8:15 p.m. and YES, we got there in time for the great BBQ rib dinner!!