Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

BALLOONS, the Hot Air Kind “Up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon…”  The Fifth Dimension musically wooed us to soar high and wide. Marilyn McCoo’s crooning pulled our hearts into the sky, triggering a yearning to throw off gravity, that force pithily called...
Bye Fool

Bye Fool

It was my first time to drop a jumper from my plane. To chunky balding Andy, a man with many jumps “under his belt” as they say, I sang out a hopeful “Adios, amigo”’ as he traded a Perfectly Good Airplane for leg-flailing insecurity, hurtling earthward through...
Flight To Underground

Flight To Underground

As I look out on the distant high Sierra Mt. Alamos, foreground framed by masses of hot pink bougainvillea, bright blue swimming pool a trap for drifting blossoms, I wonder how a wintery thought could possibly bubble up in my head. It’s climbing to 100f degrees out...
The Dalhart Incident

The Dalhart Incident

THE DALHART INCIDENT Flying the wide span of west Texas plains can shake your confidence.  Not from the endless empty square miles of land (embellished only by the odd cattle tank and small shed – where are people?) but from the fast, frightening growth of towering...
Flying The Omega

Flying The Omega

FLYING THE OMEGA As I peer out at sturdy fan palms and frilly guasimas thrashing in the desert winds, their branches hanging onto trunks for dear life, I’m plenty glad to be on the ground. A few minutes ago a fierce gust blew a mess of doves right out of where they...
Student Pilot Terrors

Student Pilot Terrors

FIRST TIME OUT ALONE “Oh please God, I’m lost,” I whimpered. As I write this, I’m a student pilot again. Remembering, my palms go cold and slippery with sweat. It was solo time again – this time to fly away from home. I hoped. Puffed up with bravado, I pleaded with my...