PilotGuy had originally planned (read: hoped) to leave
around 10:00AM as to provide time to explore the town of Tulare, but the
weather in previous days wasn't providing
appropriate ceilings for departure until 1PM or so. The day of the
flight was no exception and the ceiling didn't lift until a little after
1PM.... but off to Tulare!!!
This is one of those lucky shots that I took by
pointing the camera over my shoulder and blindly taking the shot.
If you look the the right of the vertical stabilizer, about midpoint,
you will see Reid-Hillview airport. The colored arrow points
directly at the airport.
This is a view of Livermore Airport (LVK) in
Livermore, CA. (Ya know, for an airport that is just over the hill
from my airport I really haven't been to it that often. Most of
the times I remember visiting it, was during my flight training
days). Livermore Airport wasn't originally going to be my first
waypoint. My original plan was to fly south of my home airport and
once I was over South County Airport (Q99) I would turn towards San Luis
Reservoir and fly towards Los Banos and from there; point myself in the
direction of Mefford Field (TLR). Unfortunately, I discovered a
low cloud/fog ceiling just South of Q99, so I had to turn around and go
the longer way by flying over Calaveras Reservoir to Livermore to Los
Banos and then towards my destination. I was already limited on
time, with the delay, so the extra half hour of flight time wasn't going
to allow for a great deal of time in Tulare. I called
Oakland Radio to revise my flight plan (so that if anything should
happen they would know to look for me in the right place <GRIN>).
A view of the electricity generating windmills in the Altamont
Tracy Municipal Airport, an 'unofficial' waypoint for our journey.
I have just made it back around the long way and can
see what would have been my second waypoint (had I been able to go the
'southern route'), San Luis Reservoir in the distance. To the
right of the reservoir you can see what originally made me turn back and
take the long way around (a solid layer of clouds). I've always
been grateful that you can see clouds from way off (in the daytime).
At this point PilotGuy is thinking that he is sure
glad that he isn't over there (see the cloud layer).
Taking in the view of the farmland below.....
PilotGuy really should make notes of the shots he
takes so that he will know what they are when he looks at them
again. I am almost certain this is a picture of Visalia Airport
(middle right) with the town of Visalia in the upper left corner of the picture.
Please write me to tell me if it isn't.. <grin>
On the ground at Mefford Field in Tulare, CA. Let the 'race'
begin.... only have just enough time to get some early dinner
before I have to head back...... off we go for some food....
On one side of the airport you will
find this memoriam and several military planes
... This is just one of those 'curiosity
shots'. It is a picture of 'Mom's Motel' and there appears to be
both a vacancy in the motel and OF the motel, itself. :-/
... Just across from the airport (you have to
walk over a freeway overpass ramp to get to it) is what PilotGuy
has been looking for: An eatery free of 'franchise
infection' - a great little discovery called Lyn's Cafe!
This diner (which has been here since the late 50's) is actually
much bigger than this picture would infer. The other side has more
booths with additional seating on those old style swivel seats up front
at the counter. I learned that the original owner had sold it some
time ago but it remains alive and well; serving the locals and the
visitors driving along the small highway that runs by it.
The food was delicious and the service was warm and
friendly. Old style service and quality that made me want to
blink, just to make sure that I hadn't 'time-traveled' back into the
On the way back to the airport and
caught this view of the small highway that passes between where the diner
is and a view of the airport on the other side.
A view of my shadow and my favorite Cessna
152, looking like an eager 'sky-puppy' anxious for the chance to leap back
into the skies.
A final look over the wing as I turn to
the first heading home.
We all have memories that we know we will
retain for all of our lives. For me, it is moments like these in the
sky, watching the sun setting as it slowly fades from view
and night begins. So often non-fliers will ask me why I fly and I
don't always have the right words to tell them... The only thing I
can tell you is this; flying allows one to experience the true 'rapture'
of being alive. There is no 'sleepwalking' through life when you
fly; reality and the very essence of being in the moment are there,, vivid
and rich. Single golden moments, simultaneously and without
contradiction - temporal and eternal. Endless
landscapes and vistas that take your soul soaring.... Why do I fly? It is because it makes my very,
Heading back home to Reid-Hillview with the sun setting in the
Back at Reid-Hillview with the C-152 all tied-down and 'tucked-in'
for the night! :-)
See ya next time! And GOOD FLIGHTS!!!!!
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