Memorial Day weekend is upon us!
To get ready for the weekend I had to get our beach car to the Ocean city Maryland airport. Mary is still not up to a drive like that and Mike was out of town. I decided to rent a pick up truck from U-Haul along with a tow dolly.
|My tow rig|
|I'm ready, get the fan turning!|
R- RV to join V-29 SBY KOXB
We launched off runway nine and Wilmington handed us off to Philly at 500 feet. The bottom of the layer was seven hundred feet and we were climbing through it. Philly cleared me to four thousand and a turn to 220* to join V29. The Garmin 530 was already activated on that leg (DQO ENO) so I was set to track. Once on top the sun was shining and the layer looked like cotton strung out below us. We enjoyed the ride as we were handed off to Dover and Patuxent.
|Looking south towards Salem cooling towers on top of the layer|
I worked my way to OXB and heard another aircraft ask for the GPS 02 approach into OXB. Hmmmmm.....that runway has been closed. Approach quickly advised the same followed by the pilot advising he will circle to land. Yeah right, not with that overcast layer, circle to land is 480 feet. I get sent to a hold so that pilot, who now asked for GPS 32, can continue in.
I had to fly into a building layer that kicked us around a bit but it was doable. Direct PFAIR hold North West as published, at 4000, I acknowledged. I entered the hold direct at PFAIR, advised approach and was turning outbound on the 325* radial for four miles. With my turn inbound I was watching the clock for my, "expect further clearance time" (EFC). I heard the previous aircraft cancel so approach turned me to 180* for vectors to the GPS approach.
As I turned south I flew out of that layer and had a clear view from PFAIR to the Ocean. I also canceled IFR. I entered the traffic patten on a three to four mile forty-five for three two and followed with a smooth landing.
Saturday was an early start since Maggie managed to stick that big block head of hers under the covers and licked my foot,really really gross! Ok, Ok, time to get up and feed the beast then do the morning walk. Mary and I decided on bagels from Dunkin and we were out the door packed for the beach. The Cabrio ran great and it was fun to be cruising like two teenagers with the tunes playing and us having a blast. I guess we spent three hours or so broiling in the sun before we decided to pack up and head back to the motor home.
|Early morning beach crowd|
|Life Guards after sprints south, getting ready for a long swim back north|
|Watermans - Steaming hot crabs!!|
Sunday was a sleep in day and Maggie obliged. We didn't get motivated in time to make the beach but we did schedule a lunch meet up with my sister Denise and her husband Dave. Denise and Dave have a place in Pine Tree, located in Ocean View Delaware. It was maybe a 45 minute ride and despite a buzzard taking off from road kill pickings in the next lane and clipping our windshield with wing feathers coming over the top and just missing Mary we had fun. It really was a fun time catching up and seeing where they were located.
|Military order of WHAT ???|
|Indian River Inlet Bridge|
Today was another early start for the beach. I decided to take a different route so we didn't get caught up in the mass exodus traffic after check out. Instead we followed RT50 making a stop at PetCo for Maggie stuff and enjoying the view. The beach wasn't to crowded as we surveyed the sand and crashing waves for that perfect view. I guess we spent three hours under some clouds but Mary and I managed some new red on our faces and legs.
|looking East, NE towards the Indian River Inlet Bridge|
We packed up and headed back to the rig so we could bug out north before any chance of thunder boomers invade home in Wilmington. I secured the rig and we loaded the car including the beast Maggie. As we approached the airport turn off (turn lane) a lady in an explorer pulled out of the road we were going to turn into. She crossed the double yellow and accelerated right at us. I blew the horn and came to a screeching stop since I was not able to clear the turn lane with traffic coming by our right side. The lady swerved back to her side of the double yellow and my Bride started to breath again. Fun stuff right before I fly.The flight home was uneventful! Bumpy at times since I was lazy and didn't pick up my clearance, instead flying home VFR at 3000 under the clouds. Maggie was warm in the back even with four overhead vents blowing on her, it was 75* at altitude. Mary passed out and I took a nap.....no, just kidding, I flew the plane, jamming to some 70's rock while I listened to Dover Approach for traffic. A bit of a long landing but a smooth one, we were home. I made a stop on our way home for ice cream and even Maggie had the kids cup soft ice cream.