Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A Little of This, A Little of That--November 23, 2009
Woke up at 7:30. And guess what?! FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGG!!!! Surprise, surprise. No, not really, I guess...this morning fog is beginning to become rather normal! It was even thicker than yesterday...visibility was terrible!
I was fueled up at my hangar but couldn't go anywhere...so I walked over to the FBO. I ended up hanging out there for a bit as I waited for the fog to lift. You couldn't even see the edge of the airport. Crazy. Miss Sarah and Gayla were makin' us lunch (again!). I guess they had made us some soup yesterday, but I missed it...old guys ate my share! Oh well...I was promised some today! This airport is crazy...the people are sooooo nice, it's almost unbelievable.
Around 10:40 the fog was lifting...quickly. I walked over to my plane and hopped in. It was clearin' up fast. By the time I made it to the runway, the fog was now some scattered clouds. On my flight over to my flight plan, I flew over some low clouds still hanging around...but on my flight plan it was clear. Good!
I was able to fly for a while...and finish a couple of flight plans. But the clouds were moving in from the south!!! The winds were kickin' from the south, and the clouds were riding along rather nicely. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish one of my plans, as the clouds were soooo close to overtaking me from the south. But I finished with the clouds just three miles away. I moved north for another plan...barely able to finish this one, as the clouds were creepin' in from the west!
All in all, I only flew 3.2 hours...but was able to finish up two flight plans. I had to end the window a half hour early due to the clouds, so I headed back to Cleburne. On the way back, I saw 14 helicopters on the ramp at Midway Regional! I wonder what was going on there! I came back to land and prepared for a landing on Runway 15. I was going to enter a left downwind...so I called my intentions. Some old guy came back over the radio telling me it was "right traffic." Hmm. I wasn't too interested on that. I didn't care if everyone else was landing right traffic, I was going to enter it the "normal" way. But I decided to check my sectional anyway...and what do ya know?! Cleburne has right traffic for Runway 15! I had been landing the "wrong" way for the past three weeks!!! Who knew?! I flew over the field and entered a right downwind. Oops!!!
I taxied to the FBO and walked in eager for my soup! And Miss Gayla had some set aside for me! Awesome! It was chicken tortilla soup, and it was DEE-LICIOUS!!! I had two bowls! I also had two of her cookies! This service is simply amazing. It has been a GREAT way to start out the season...but I am totally pampered!
I put my airplane away, then headed to the hangar where Danny was still doing maintenance on two airplanes. We stayed for a little over an hour...and I was ready to be done with that! Too much standing/sitting around in too few days!!! But my airplane was part of it, so I lended a hand. My fuel sender? was having issues, so we had to replace that. We had to drain my right fuel tank, pull it out, put a new one in, and then replace the gas. Not too difficult, just time-consuming.
From there, we headed back to the hotel, then out to eat. We went to Cotton Patch Cafe...a nice little restaurant. We came back...but I decided to go out again. I ended up at a park with some pretty impressive Christmas lights...I think three-blocks' worth. I guess the inmates do this every year. Pretty neat.
Came back to the hotel at 11:30. Supposed to be a little storm tonight...but tomorrow is supposed to be perfect. Forecast is for nothin' but blue skies.