Monday, June 04, 2007

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

Does this look like a dog?

Saturday, Linda and I took advantage of one of the perks of becoming a pilot. We booked a 172 from the good folks at Anson Air and flew to Taylor, a small town northeast of Austin, to visit with some old friends we haven't seen in a while.

The weather was warm and muggy, and we had the usual low-level cumulus that goes along with a high dew point. That meant our flight to Taylor would be low altitude, below 2000 feet. However, along the way, we found some open spots. Linda had been wanting to get pictures of clouds, and this would be the perfect opportunity.

Now a Cessna 172 is not exactly a rocket in a climb, and with the warm air, the best climb rate we could manage was about 500 feet per minute. But we managed to get to 6,500 feet, spiraling around the clouds. As an added benefit, the cooler air at that altitude made the temp in the cabin much more comfortable.

We landed at Taylor and met up with our friends Bob and John. After an enjoyable visit, catching up, and discussing life, the universe, and everything, we headed back.

Here are a few pics.

Bob, Steve, John

A happy pilot


More clouds

More clouds


sendmail said...

Hey there! Wanted to pass this info along to you if you don't already know. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is raffling off a 1947 Cessna 140. Here's the site and info.

I was wondering "who would want to win a plane" and you came to mind.

Linda Reyna
p.s. sorry to hear about The Cat. One new one just came into our lives.

Steve Clayworth said...

Wow - sounds like fun - I might have to get me a ticket.

Thanks, Linda...