John & Anne Wiley

2012/11/09

Up & Down

Some people don’t like going up. That phase of flight when the nose tips up and a moment later the ground drops away and the view expands, for some people it’s uncomfortable or even scary. Not for us! We love the feeling, and even more we love the view. A few days ago as we were going up, I again enjoyed this old bunker left over from the days when SBA was a Marine Air base.

1252 Hunkered Bunker

1252 Hunkered Bunker

Maybe it’s the contrast between a structure so bound to the earth, and the lightness of being we’re getting with our first gulp of flight. Because it’s on the airport property, I often don’t even notice it amid such an expanse of wonder and lift of excitement. Most of our takeoffs are South from Runway 15, so my first gulp is East toward downtown. When we take off West from the less common Runway 25, UCSB is on my side of Tripp so I have lots of pix like this.

1254 UC, IV, & CI

1254 UC, IV, & CI

On clear days like this, my view past the airport grounds expands to include UCSB, IV (Isla Vista), and across the water to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. After a short flight out to El Capitan area and back, we were still Up long after coming down to land. Even after such a short time in the air. Maybe that’s why our evening meal prep looked so especially delicious, I paused to snap this.

1248 Dinner Colors

1248 Dinner Colors

Farmer’s Market Organic produce along with some steamed rice and an avocado from our tree, provided a Perfect way of bringing our bodies back to earth while extending our Up time.

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