We decided to ask my brother and his wife if they wanted to join us on the lunch run and they agreed. We would pick them up around noon and head to the plane. All present and accounted for we headed to the airport. There are a lot of planes out today from our Red Eagle location and we intend to join the crowd. I called AeroWays to top off 679er to the tabs since that is how I figured my weight and balance. I may as well take all I can carry. Scott arrived and fueled the bird and with that I followed with a sump test. Our passengers climbed aboard and Mary gave a quick briefing. I went through my checklists and got the fan running, the cool air felt great.
After contacting Wilmington ground we were cleared to taxi, runway two seven at mike. I finished my run up and was soon cleared to take off. I made it a nice gentle climb out, cruise climb to keep 679er cool and less passenger stress. I decided on staying under 3,000 feet so our second time pax's could see some points of interest and pick out familiar landmarks. The air was nice and cool at just 3.0 and that kept everyone comfortable. I picked up flight following just south of Wilmington advising 7 east of KEVY Summit level at 2.8 and VFR to Sussex County KGED. Dover approach gave me a squawk code and I was hooked up. We had a few aircraft called out along the way but nothing real close. Once I canceled flight following I heard a citation jet also going to KGED and stayed on frequency to hear his position report.
Our crabs came out and we got started picking. We had each eaten one crab when the hostess came out and said we got the regulars by mistake and she would bring out the large in just a few minutes. Wow, pretty cool since I really had no idea how big regulars and large were compared to each other. Let me say there was a difference and the large had more meat then you can imagine. We barely got the two dozen finished between the four of us and the ladies helped us men out since we each threw in the paper towels a crab or two earlier.
Uneventful ride home which is always a good thing with a slight diversion to overfly Lewes Delaware and the Ferry Terminal. The DRBA, my employer, had the Kalmar Nyckel tied up at one of our docks, I guess they were giving tours. If your in the area check it out! I turned 679er north and headed for home picking up flight following as I crossed the waterloo ATR VOR. Again we shadowed the coastline of the Delaware Bay and River as we crossed into New Jersey. The haze wasn't to bad today since we could actually see the Salem nuclear plant cooling tower/smoke plume from about 30 miles. Dover ATC was pretty good today after they finally got my call correct, sheesh I say it slow and keep it full until they cut it short but today they were a bit confused.
I eventually cancelled flight following about ten out from ILG and dialed up Wilmington's tower. I was heading in from the south and was directed to enter and advise a five mile final at the Jersey shore for runway three two. I acknowledged and set up to land. My landing gets a grade of a B, to flat, no stall horn (must review the video) but on center. I rolled out with the tower and crossed 9-27 following our ramp neighbor to the tie down.