John & Anne Wiley

2013/05/01

Whimsy

Often on a trip like this, we operate on whimsy. Today began with a lovely lunch with Enid next door to the Nyack Public Library.

4019 Nyack Library

4019 Nyack Library

The town and the weather were both especially beautiful, and somehow Anne got the notion to make Martha’s Vineyard our next stop. So we loaded our prodigious amounts of unused dead weight (aka luggage) into trusty Tripp and took off over the magnificent manses of Westchester.

4020 Westchester Manse

4020 Westchester Manse

Soon we were climbing up over inland waterways and I snapped this rowing (sculling?) race, drawn to the “tracks” left by each stroke of the oars.

4024 Race Tracks

4024 Race Tracks

We thought of our fun times with Molly & Dustin strolling the glorious Spring bloom as we passed New Haven.

4043 New Haven

4043 New Haven

We saw many interesting and beautiful things on this short flight, including this one I call the flying snake because of the effect created by currents sweeping sand into the surrounding depths.

4078 Flying Snake

4078 Flying Snake

Another snap I like is this salt pond next to a soft deserted beach, with swirls of pastel colors creating a sand sculpture work of art shaped by wind and water.

4080 Water Works

4080 Water Works

I climbed much higher than needed for the short crossing to Martha’s Vineyard because of a thick smoke layer apparently created by two tall smokestacks that look like nuke plant cooling towers. Something in this area is spoiling the air for everyone in the area.

4097 Smoky Crossing

4097 Smoky Crossing

We were glad to see that the island was mostly outside of the smoke area. We flew past the main KMVY airport to take a look at the island, starting with Edgartown’s Katama grass strip.

4115 Katama

4115 Katama

I was tempted to land here just for the fun and ease of a grass strip, but Anne had tentatively booked a hotel in Vineyard Haven across the island and made arrangements to land at KMVY. It turned out we ended up not far away in Edgartown.

4118 Edgartown

4118 Edgartown

Tomorrow we’ll explore the island, and report on this whimsical new twist in our Islander Adventure.

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1 Comment

  1. It looks like you’ve had some amazing Tripps! My wife and i have been hashing out what plane would suit our needs for traveling the country. In hindsight, would you stick with the 172?

    Great pictures by the way!

    Comment by kenluckinbill — 2013/05/01 @ 18:03


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