Wanderlust: Weekly Photo Challenge

David W of WordPress asks-

  “Have you traveled anywhere exciting lately? This week, let’s see where you’ve been.”

Wanderlust

noun

1.a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

I have to admit- sometimes I ‘ve a strong urge to be a homebody, too. 
This seems an easy challenge as I’ve been home for a week and a day, having just returned from Zagreb, Croatia.
Photos ftom Texas, Arizona, Washington, Alaska, Florida, New York City and then home again to Pittsburgh

Meet Zoe Papadopoulou

Meet Zoe Papadopoulou. My wonderful seat mate on flight from Munich  to Toronto. You know, I’m an anxious flier so it was lovely to be seated next to someone who loves the adventure and excitement of flying.

She’ll be singing  with two other well known Greek singers in a special concert this Friday in Toronto.

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Sea Planes in Anchorage

We’re checked in a hotel near the airport.

Across the street are seaplanes, moored at the edge of a lake.

They have a distinct sound as they take off and land, Mary said like angry bees. Just the word pontoons seems exotic. They’ll ask your weight if you fly in one.

There are a lot of these planes, all colors.

Farewell Alaska tomorrow.

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Cleveland National Air Show – Guest Blog

Guest blog by my son-in-law James

Cleveland National Airshow at the Burke Lakefront Airport

“My cousin Troy is ranked a CW3 Warrant officer. He was in Afghanistan for a year, Kuwait for a year, and Germany flying around generals and other dignitaries  for 3 years. He is an 18 year army vet and has been a part of the Golden Knights for 1.5 years”….James 

 

Cousins Troy and James and Charles and The Golden Knights

 

 

 

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The Navy Blue Angels

 


Grateful for the Deicing Crew

Not certain that’s a word, deicing,de-icing  but before Pittsburgh takeoff, a team sprayed down the plane.

 Flying in January can be feel iffy in northern climes. 

The beginning of my midwinter break last week. Preparing to leave winter for a lovely warm week, part one. Grateful for the crew who deiced the plane!

 
   

  
Colline’s blog reminds one to be grateful

NOLA Airport Across from Gate B7 I met a wise woman 

at the kiosk.  They were out of white milk for cereal and it had been a busy day, she said. 

She did tell me where I could get a Greek salad. 

Our plane had mechanical problems so I had to switch to another plane. That’s how I ended up talking to her

Thinking about a quick bite.

“Better to be on the ground and wish you were in the air

Than to be in the air, and wish you were on the ground.”

Yes, you are so right

    

Thank you

  

We Had to Memorize High Flight with Mrs. Stewart in the Sixth Grade

Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote this sonnet three months before he was killed at age 19, when his Spitfire collided with another plane on 11 December 1941.

Today when I was flying home from Panama City Florida to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (via Baltimore), I remembered we had to memorize and recite this poem in Mrs. Stewart’s Sixth Grade at Morris Plains Borough School 1963.

True, I wasn’t the pilot but man’s ability to fly  is astounding to me.

 

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

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First image shot with iPhone   The rest shot with a  Canon 50D

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It was a great day to fly.

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Above the fruited plain……..

Night Wing to Texas

Waited to capture the red light as it flashed on the plane wing. Took a few tries-

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As I looked out the window, I thought a lot about a cool book my sister gave to the kids about Bernoulli’s PrincipleBernoulli’s principle

Aerodynamics is amazing to me.