John & Anne Wiley

2012/04/06

Mixed

Flying on windy days is a mixed bag. If the wind is behind you, it provides somewhat of a “free” ride. Of course with a headwind, not so much. Another downside is that windy days are often, but not always, bumpy. Today we took off into a stiff headwind that changed abruptly soon after we took off. I was ready for it so no biggie, but the difference between wind direction on the ground and a few hundred feet up made for mixing. Translation: bumps. Anne used to get that look a cat wears while you’re giving it a bath. Now she usually doesn’t even notice. Today she was a little mixed at first, but quickly settled into enjoying the flight. Here’s one reason:

1303 Windy Devereaux

1303 Windy Devereaux

Windy days often bring clearer air and crisp colors like these. We enjoyed looking at everything even more than usual, if that’s possible.

1305 Coal Oil Point

1305 Coal Oil Point

We’ve flown past this point occasionally since it’s near the airport, but we saw it anew today. Maybe the clear air and bright colors of Spring helped us notice it more. The colors at the beach house ruin nearby seemed brighter too, telling tales of days long gone when craftsmen laid the stonework as gardeners planted the flowering trees and when couples sat cherishing quiet sunset moments together.

1306 Fun House

1306 Fun House

Many more recent stories too of college kids, parties, and tagging expeditions.

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