Ten Years Ago…
Ormand Beach (OMN) was nice a little airport to put up for the night. We parked overnight at Sunrise Aviation and took a cab down to South Atlantic Avenue. Although we intended to stay at the Best Western on the beach, we ended up staying in a condo rental called Georgian recommended by our cab driver. The Georgian is a recently renovated condo community with beach access. The decor resembled and gave the impression of living on a cruise ship. The studio apartment itself had a kitchenette, a bedroom and a living area with a sofa bed (with convenient shades to keep the light off the bedroom if necessary from the morning glare or for privacy) and a sheet of heavy glass french doors opening out into a balcony facing the beach and Atlantic Ocean. At $74 per night this was a steal, the lowest price we had paid for a room on this trip! There were plenty of restaurants within walking distance. After dinner it was pleasant to walk on the beach and hear the sound of the waves crashing gently on to shore.
The next day we arrived early at the airport. We wanted to be fueled and off before Nemo arrived. There was a sliver of hope, we could get the best of Nemo. We were one hour further south than we originally intended to be. But there was always hope. The skies at Ormand Beach were clear with no sign of the oncoming storm. Almost. This was the last leg of our journey. If we could stay ahead of Nemo, we would be able to get home by evening.
After topping off at the self serve, we departed and raced north. With tailwinds, there were times when we recorded almost 144kts ground speed. At times, I thought it was possible. I could see gaps in the radar images. If we got to Lumberton before the storm arrived, there was still a chance we would be able to get home that evening. The best route north was to stay ahead of the storm, and this meant over the ocean. What chances did we have over open water? We had already returned our vests at Fort Pierce. Instead we tried to sneak behind and headed towards Jesup Wayne County Airport (KJES). It almost looked like we could get as far north as KJES or so we hoped.
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Life is full of choices
I bought a T-shirt one year at Airventure that read “Life is full of choices”. How true.
2014 was an incredible year. I flew a lot. I flew to the Bahamas. To Sun ‘n Fun. To Airventure. I flew to Virginia airports for $500 Vegeburger runs and stamps. I finally got my tail wheel rating. It was fantabulous!
2015, on the other hand was tame. As they say, life is full of choices!
Here are some fun posts from 2015:
January: Words on Wednesdays: From AAA to FLY
February: Bahamas Blues
March: Indian Women Pilots
April:May Day, May Day, May Day
May: Heroes in Fiction
July: Postcards to OSH: Wish I was there…
August: Logging Memories V
September: Remembering this day
October: It’s Beautiful out here!
November: Monday Morning Reality
December: Limited Edition Airplane Cookies
My adventures flying to the Bahamas in a C172 continued to be the most popular post for a second year in a row. It seems there are a lot of people interested in or at least dreaming about doing this trip. To all of them, just do it!
To some who might wonder, I have a cooking blog too… Flyncook
TOP 10 Popular Posts of 2014:
Flying to the Bahamas in a C172
DCA From the Catwalk
Book Review: Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots
How to Speak like a Pilot
As for New Year Resolutions? I am resolving to Just Wing It! How about you?
Stay Safe and Have a Happy New Year and I hope to see you back here next year!
Flyncook: 2014 Year in Review
That is indeed the question!
It is the time of the year when plans for the 4th Annual Bahamas Bash are in full force. Over chilli, this past weekend, most of the details were finalized. In fact this year, the details were finalized back in June. The Chilli, was merely to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, hanger talk and lure in the wanna goes. Since the must goes, have already committed to their schedule, the Bahamas plan. Heck, they designed the plan 🙂
I have strictly stayed away from the temptation so far, staying away from the occasional meetings and even the chilli night. Having done it twice already, I know what to expect, what I will see and how incredible the experience is, even if repeated. As I have written in the past, there are 29 islands and 57 airports in the Bahamas. So far, I have landed at 11 airports, but there is plenty more to see and do out there.
To Bahama or not Bahama, that is indeed the question! The next few months will be challenging as I battle with myself to make a decision. Can I resist temptation? Or will I succumb to the lure of the Bahamas?
Only time will tell.
Flying to the Bahamas in a C172
Flying is everything to me. After every new adventure, I start thinking and planning for the next one 🙂
There are some adventures, that are so out of this world, that I don’t mind repeating them… again and again!
Some time ago, I posted my Favorite Destinations!
Here are the latest ten of my favorite destinations, that I have done at least twice, if not more, so far!
#9: Santa Barbara
#8: Half Moon Bay
#7: Tangier Island
#6 Kill Devil Hills
#5: Key West
#4: SFO: Up Close & Personal
#3: NY Hudson River Corridor
And, I will very likely do them again 🙂
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