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That’s my old friend KD; we were hiking at Deep Run Park in western Henrico County Friday before lunch when we came across that sign in the woods. You may recognize KD’s kind smile from a blog post where it was featured prominently in 2014. us electricity supply voltage If you missed that post or want to see it again, it has nine more images of KD; he’s smiling that much or more in most of them. Take a look again, it’s like the sun comes out: smile

The title for this post came from a chat I had with my brother Kevin many years ago when his three daughters were very, very young. I’d been hiking with them or running around outside or something and I remarked to him later that they were fun kids to be around. He just nodded and said, “they’re cheerful.” That is a nice, nice adjective. They were indeed cheerful, and KD was cheerful, and the thing about being with cheerful people is, it makes you cheerful too. What’s not to love?

I got a picture this morning at the river with my phone that came out better than I’d anticipated. Unfortunately, our big buddy Yuki (the white German Shepherd) who normally joins us for our Sunday hikes was unavailable so it was just me, Mackey, Turner and our two friends Lola and Luna. The only color here is Turner and Lola (both on the right). Everything else is black or white or somewhere in between:

And when we landed at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (KJGG) the T-34C was parked on the ramp. The pilots were inside in their flight suits, having lunch at Charly’s Airport Restaurant . Ernest (my flight instructor) and I ate there too – you should go if you’re in the area. If you’re in the vicinity, you should stop for a meal – even if you’re not flying. Just drive in if you’re going to Busch Gardens or William and Mary or something. Great place to eat. Great view of the runway too.

The first plane is a Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor , a Navy and Marine Corps flight trainer. Civilians don’t fly it. The second plane – the one I did fly for the first time – is a Tecnam P92 Eaglet and it was really fun to fly. The Cessna 172 I normally fly is really fun too – there’s nothing about flying I don’t love. But it was a great experience to apply the seventy or so hours of instruction I’ve accumulated to a new type of plane. It was also fun to land at a new airport and eat at a new restaurant – what’s not to love?

The light this morning at the river (as seen in the picture of the dogs) was monochromatic from start to finish. I took the picture of the dogs not long after we arrived, at around 9:00 AM. Between hiking and photographing deer and birds and dogs and more, the hike took just over two hours. The fog had not burned off even a little bit. When we got back to the parking lot, these two crows were perched in the top of a tree. electricity transformer health risks Perfect day for shooting all black birds:

The next meeting of the Wildlife Center of Virginia Wildlife Book Club will be Tuesday (the day-after-tomorrow) evening at 7:00 PM. It meets every other month on the first Tuesday at 7:00 PM. You should log on Tuesday night and check it out. Especially if you’re a reader or an outdoors lover or both. You don’t have to be a member of anything, there’s no cost or log in fee, no passwords, nothing. You also don’t have to read the book – you can just “lurk” and see what it’s like.

Our book for Tuesday is Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird by Katie Fallon . I’ve just loved it and I’m really looking forward to Tuesday. Some of the books I don’t love that much and I skip book club but this one is excellent. If you click on Wildlife Book Club you can scroll down and see the list of the 26 books the club has read since August of 2014. It’s a nice list, very creative and comprehensive – I’m always excited to hear what they come up with next.

The first time I flew into (and out of) Williamsburg airport with my friend Pat’s son Daniel – as I’ve mentioned umpteen times. Daniel was an instructor there and we flew from Williamsburg to Tangier in a Cessna 172. c gastritis im antrum Pat and I were passengers on that trip; I was fascinated by flying but mostly by watching the ground and water and sky go past, and by the experience of flying in a light plane – it is 100% delightful 100% of the time. That blog post has twelve pictures on it, and a variety of different subjects. But mostly flying and Tangier. Have a look here: I went flying yesterday! . Meanwhile, a bright pano from Tuesday, and I hope I’ll see you next week! All best,

When I began thinking about “luck” as it relates to this post, I was thinking about that cedar waxwing – images like that with me are pure luck. And I’d gotten the bufflehead a few minutes earlier, and the deer and the raccoon in quick succession afterward. But deer and bufflehead and raccoon (in a dumpster!) photography at Pony Pasture don’t take much luck – you can pretty much just show up and get those pictures.

But at 4:30 Thanksgiving afternoon Evelyn and I fed the dogs and drove out to my brother Kevin’s house in Doswell for our family Thanksgiving. And I was looking at my siblings and my nieces and my in-laws and our friends and all that food and thinking this is lucky. eon gas card top up Because I’m from a family of seven, and they’re all excellent human beings, and that is pure luck. I did nothing to make that happen. I just got lucky. I sure am thankful for it!

I was lucky when I rode my bike Monday afternoon there were no insects swarming out of this nest. This is the time of year when hornet’s nests become visible – all the leaves are off the trees. They’re also empty or dormant, or they have been so far. I’ve found hornet’s nests in autumn many times. I posted one earlier this year (on Sunday, January 14) and my wise friend Kim taught me these are Bald-faced hornet ( Dolichovespula maculata ) nests. And that they’re not “true” hornets – they’re actually yellow jackets. 76 gas station hours But this is just the nest – about eighty feet in the air and (I presume) unoccupied:

I was planning to fly Tuesday but it didn’t come together. First the Cessna 172 I normally fly was in the shop, so I began preflighting N2551U, a Piper Warrior . It’s very similar to a Cessna 172, but unfortunately this one had another similarity – it went into the shop. So on our third try we pre-flighted a Tecnam P-92 Eaglet . I’ve pre-flighted Cessna 172’s dozens of times so I’m able to do it quickly and efficiently. But I’m slower with the other two. Finally we were ready to fly the Tecnam and we went inside to get a weather briefing. The wind had come up and there were 19 mph gusts. My instructor Ernest decided (wisely) that we should fly another day. So we will. He told me something about his decision that I wouldn’t have thought of. Let’s say we were landing into a 19 mph gust and we’re coasting in about fifteen feet above the runway and the gust stops. We’d drop like a stone. I’d never thought about the problem from the wind stopping – I only thought about the gust itself. Fascinating.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve flown nearly seventy hours and have around 120 takeoffs and landings. I’m competent at both. I’m improving on my navigation skills with every flight. Communicating on the radio with Air Traffic Control is the most difficult for me, but I’m slowly picking it up. gas meter car All of my current hours are in a Cessna 172. When I get up to 100 hours – in December or January, depending on the weather – I’ll probably start learning to fly a Tecnam P92 Eaglet. After I’ve gained proficiency with that plane – maybe after 25 hours or so – I’ll see about flying a twin-engined Tecnam P2006T. But that will all happen in 2019. For the rest of 2018 I’m going to fly a little less but work on getting more stamps in my passport.

This is our proposed path for our next flight – next time the weather’s clear enough to fly for a few hours and my instructor and I and a plane are all available at once. As I said, I currently have seven stamps in my passport. This flight will add five more. We start in Hanover (KOFP) then fly to Orange County (KOMH) then an 8 mile hop to Gordonsville (KGVE). Another quick hop to Louisa (KLKU) then down to Chesterfield (KFCI). Then to Petersburg (KPTB) then home. Our literal plan is for me to do all of the takeoffs, landings, flying, navigation and radios. I’m not making this up – my instructor is going to sit on the taxiway with the plane while I run in, get a stamp and come back out. Fun!: