Mary and I have a few adventures planned in the next few weeks. Once 08Romeo is finished with the spa day (degrease, wash and wax) we gave her at AeroWays, we plan on attending a couple of fly-in get togethers.
First up will be the Beech Aero Club BACFest. This will be a short hop to Ithaca, New York in the Finger Lakes region. The event is scheduled from September 29th - October 2nd. This is a perfect opportunity to find out about the Beechcraft Musketeer, Sundowner and Sierra and Sport.
One of the largest tourism regions in the state, New York’s Finger Lakes covers 9,000 square miles from the southern shore of Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border and encompasses 11 parallel lakes spanning the center of New York State like a giant handprint. The most popular lakes located in the Finger Lakes region are: Canandaigua, Cayuga, Conesus, Owasco, Otisco, Honeoye, Keuka, Seneca and Skaneateles. Although each has a name of its own, these thin glacial lakes are most often referred to as a group: the Finger Lakes.
It looks like we may attend the Cape May Lewes Ferry Wine Festival on October 8th located in Cape May. NJ. Mary and I haven't locked in yet. There is also a Lima bean festival that same day, which we wanted to attend last year. As of today it's looking like Lima beans.......
Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials announced that a series of four (4) Wine Lovers Sunset Cruises on the Delaware Bay will be offered in late September and early October, beginning on Friday, September 23. The Lewes cruises will depart the terminal on four consecutive Fridays at 4:15 p.m. while the Cape May cruises are scheduled to leave the terminal on successive Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.
The West Cape May Annual Lima Bean Festival is the one event you must attend. Great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment and fun. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage. You will never think of legumes the same way again. Located in Wilbraham Park from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. October 8, 2011, Rain date October 9.
Next up is the Pilots of America fly in to Windwood Resort, October 14-16 , located in Davis, WV. This was the first overnighter when we purchased 08Romeo in October 2009. It was a fun filled trip from Texas to get to Windwood and log our first night landing.
Windwood is located in the heart of beautiful Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Sitting high in the Allegheny Mountain Range, this alpine valley is the highest plateau east of the Rocky Mountains. Its unique cool and moist climate allows for cold, snowy winters and pleasant summers. The valley is surrounded by the Dolly Sods & Otter Creek Wilderness Areas, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Falls & Canaan Valley State Parks, & 900,000 acres of National Forest Land. Canaan Valley is well-known as a four-season paradise.
New York will be an overnight followed by a day of winery exploration or a short hop over to Rome NY to visit with friends. Windwood WV will be a day trip only this year. Mary and I went back and forth about overnight or making it a weekend but without ground transportation and having to board Maggie it was decided to day trip only.
I am flight planning and arranging transportation for New York, completing the hotel and Saturday banquet reservations. Windwood is just a day trip so for now it will be a wx watch and simple IFR flight plan to file.