Sep 2016 Our Slow Dance Through the Sky
It’s been a very interesting few days at the Triple Tree Fly-in in South Carolina. I arrived Triple Tree feeling on top-of-the-world, off for a fun few days with my buds Yvette & Bill Tracy in their Supercub – me in my Rans S7. We’d met up in Kentucky, topped off our tanks and flew southwest to 3A2 New Tazewell, Tennessee for our last fuel stop before crossing the mountains into North & South Carolina. Perfect plan. Perfect flight. Perfect, that is, until I checked in at Triple Tree. That’s when Registration told me I’d left my credit card back at my last fuel stop. What?! No way! Absolutely not ….. until I checked my baby-blue billfold and sure enough, no credit card. NO, not again. It’s been a couple years since I left my entire billfold on my way to OSH – now another penniless flying trip!
I discovered Lady Taildraggers LOVE Triple Tree. They came from Texas, Wisconsin, many from Florida and plenty of other states. We had a fun late afternoon meet ‘n greet on the shade on the Porch and were absolutely melting when we got our picture snapped. 5:00 p.m., 96 steaming degrees.
The Porch sits on high ground overlooking a large lake and the north end of the runway, just one of many scenic spots to while away the hours at Triple Tree.
Seabee owned by E.T. and Melissa Tello
And then the fun began, our slow dance through the sky, a.k.a. our flight home. Triple Tree, SC, through the mountain pass (not over!), through the Cumberland Pass, meandering around this, checking out that, up and down and around the sky.
Weather we really didn’t want to mingle with was to our north so we picked London-Corbin Airport KLOZ in Kentucky to overnight. It was a great choice. Good restaurant on the field. Fantastic FBO with cookies, chocolate candy and donuts waiting! We even enticed a grounded Great Lakes pilot to share the courtesy van and took in Cumberland Falls while we were there.Â Lucky for us, the guy at the FBO couldn’t have been nicer and let us campout inside overnight with a choice of lounge chairs and sofas. Not a bad night’s sleep considering the unicom chatter, helicopters coming & going and a little random jet traffic.