Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Holiday Get-Away

Thursday 5/23/13

The plan was to fly to the beach for the holiday week of vacation, Thursday night through Tuesday evening.  The wx for departure didn't look so hot, rain and windy conditions that are not worth a pleasure flight to the beach.  Besides, the big red flag for me is the CB – Cumulonimbus from 1900-2200. The Cumulonimbus always indicates a strong instability to the layering of air with appropriate convection or turbulence. Hey, I don't get paid to do this, it's for fun. 

231558Z 2316/2412 20012G18KT P6SM SCT025 BKN035
TEMPO 2316/2319 6SM -SHRA BR BKN025 OVC040
FM231900 18012G20KT 5SM -SHRA BR BKN025 OVC050
TEMPO 2319/2322 -TSRA BKN025CB
FM240300 22008KT 4SM -SHRA BR OVC008
FM240900 29005KT 4SM -SHRA BR OVC006

After looking at the Friday forecast we made the decision to ground pound it to the beach. We were loaded up and on the road by 9:30 pm and we arrived at the motor home at 11:30.  We made good time and that included a fuel and munchies stop!

METAR KILG 240951Z 25004KT 6SM BR OVC003 18/17 A2974
METAR KILG 240851Z 23003KT 8SM BKN003 OVC110 18/17 A2973
METAR KILG 240751Z 24005KT 10SM OVC003 18/17 A2974=
SPECI KILG 240739Z 23003KT 10SM BKN005 OVC110 18/17 A2974
SPECI KILG 240725Z 00000KT 10SM SCT005 BKN085 OVC110 18/17

Friday 5/24/2013
After a great nights sleep we decided on a early afternoon round of golf. We passed on splitting a small bucket of balls to warm up on the range, instead, opting to have right at it. It was not a pretty day on the links. I had trouble off the tee and an ok day with the irons and putting. We both should have warmed up on the range.
The low for the round was me shanking a shot and almost killing a fellow golfer. My ball wizzed by him and his partner before I could even get my brain to signal my mouth to yell FORE!!!!  The guy walked over and picked up my ball and as I walked toward him, iron in hand, he tossed it to me.  I apologized and he very kindly said no problem, we all have those days.  Thankfully I re-holstered the 6 iron I took for defensive purpose and drew out the 3 wood for a decent shot towards the green, yes, in the right direction.
The remaining time at the beach was great. Good food, good neighbors and plenty of sand and surf. We are both looking forward to flying down and not having to ground pound next weekend.

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