Day 736: Flight 54 at Merrymeeting Field

We woke up to a cool and dewey morning here at Merrymeeting Field.  I got off to a late-ish start, taking off around 8:15.

Flight #54 launch:

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Beyond the field stretches the river which widens into a shallow bay:

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The landing:

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It was a great flight over beautiful terrain.  The air was for the most part smooth.

This video includes today’s flight and tomorrow’s flight, which had a slip-and-slide landing due to wet grass:

B made some helpful signage for her room:

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I found this little fellow outside:

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In addition to homeschool, B did some art:

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It was a beautiful day here at Merrymeeting Field!

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Day 735: Big Weather in Maine

Today we did homeschool here at Cabela’s.  Towards evening we used the dump station here at Cabela’s, then drove north.  We ran into some huge clouds on the road:

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We continued north to overnight at Merrymeeting Field, a grass airstrip in Bowdoinham, Maine.  Mark, the field owner, has generously invited us to stay for a couple nights.  I’m looking forward to getting in a few flights before continuing north!

See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 694: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This morning the kids helped our friend’s kids to fix their bikes.  They did most of the work themselves, but they did need to call in reinforcements:

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We had a great time visiting!

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After reluctantly saying goodbye, we drove a short distance to the Canal Exploration Center at Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

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The park preserves the Ohio and Erie Canal, which allowed goods to travel freely from the farms and ports of Ohio to other parts of the country.  Completed in the 1820s, it transformed Ohio from the poorest state in the Union to one of the wealthiest.  The canal’s role in commerce diminished after the 1860s, as newly built railroad networks could transport goods more quickly than canal boats.

To deal with elevation changes along the canal, dozens of locks were built to allow ships to descend or ascend the canal:

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The visitor center was very well done:

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The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges and patches:

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From the park, we drove east to overnight at Albert Airport near Phillipsburg, PA.  Since we seem to be doing Airport camping somewhat frequently, I’ve added it as a camping type to the Camping Type Chart.

See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 688: Madison to Verona

Today we spent the day with Uncle Dennis and Grandma DiAnn, then said our goodbyes and drove south to Verona, Wisconsin.  We received permission from the airport manager to overnight here through Sunday morning.  The weather is too stormy to fly today, but hopefully on Sunday it will be better.

Here’s the view from the intersection of the two runways, looking west.  The RV is parked next to the hangar building on the right:

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Good Shabbos from the Verona Airport!  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 662: Visiting the Rocky Mountain Airshow

This morning we said goodbye to the O family in Denver, where we’ve been parked since Shavuos.  It’s been a lot of fun catching up, as we haven’t been here since 2011:

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  The kids will miss the family dog, Radar:

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It was a tight fit getting out of the driveway:

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We drove east to the Snowflake PPG flying site, where we stayed a few nights before Shavuos.  We dropped off the RV and drove just a few miles down the road to the Rocky Mountain Airshow.  The first performance was by local PPG pilots Nathan and Chris:

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Several vintage warbirds flew by, including this NA-50:

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And this T-6:

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Doug Jardine, flying his Sbach 342:

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Matt Younkin, performing impressive maneuvers in his Twin Beech passenger plane:

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The Air Force Honor Guard did a demonstration:

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The highlight of the snow was the USAF Thunderbirds, flying the F-16 Falcon:

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The Calypso maneuver:

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Crossover Break maneuver:

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Delta Wing formation:

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Delta Burst maneuver:

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Bomb Burst maneuver:

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At the bottom of the Bomb Burst, all four planes cross each other’s paths at 90 degree angles:

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The afternoon program had Bob Carlton flying his Subsonix:

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We saw several flybys by this World War II era B-25 Mitchell.  Named “Maid in the Shade”, it is one of only a few dozen still flying:

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Flyby with bomb bay doors open:

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Beech Staggerwing:

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The last performer we saw was Don Nelson flying his Sukhoi 26:

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Traffic in and out of the airshow was considerable, but it was worth the wait.  We’ve been trying to get the kids to an airshow since the beginning of the trip, so I’m glad we were finally able to do it.