The Adventures of the Red Baron (and friends)…
October 27, 2010
So I previously mentioned that I had escaped England a few weeks ago. The main reason was for a few days of work in New York City and New England, but I was lucky enough to be able to lengthen my stay for a bit of personal time. A few head scratching synchronizations later, we were able to get David to fly in as my business time ended, and were able to head back to see my Dad and family in Pennsylvania. Our time was limited to a few days, but after a year of absence, anytime is nice! We managed to be entertained literally the entire time we were there with visits from my brother and his wife, my step sisters, niece, nephew (first time visit!), aunts, uncles cousins etc. We managed to squeeze in a few adventures as well.
First we traded our city clothing for some outdoorsy stuff and headed on a bit of a hike/walk on the Appalachian trail. For those of you not familiar with the east coast of the states–the Appalachian trail is a 2,000 miles worth of maintained trail running from Georgia to Maine. It’s about 2 minutes from my dad’s house so we could easily go for a little walk on a glorious fall day, grab some vistas of the herds of wildebeast (or were those cows?) and still be back in time for some sandwiches.
We also took to the country lane at night, turning off the flashlights and walking through the woods in the dark, which was ahhh mazing. As it’s the driveway (quite a long one) we knew where we were walking, but still surrounded by forest. The moon was quite bright, but still dark enough for David to play Professor Astronomer, pointing out all the constellations to the rest of us. It was one of those times out in the fresh air that I had to just keep smiling and telling myself that I’m a very lucky lady.
Then, to make sure we really felt like we were outside of London, we hopped into a biplane ( think the Wright brothers plane with two sets of wings) for an open cockpit tour of our surrounding area! It was incredible! It all happened so quickly, I didn’t have time to think about my fear of heights. They slapped a flight cap on our heads (aren’t they fetching?), we hopped in and within a minute or so we were in the air with minimal instructions of ‘don’t get in the pilots way during takeoff/landing’. David and I sat together in the front seat, with the pilot behind us for the 15 minute trip. That doesn’t sound long, but was definitely enough time for our area which is basically the same scene over and over…field, another field, a barn, a road, a field etc. I was slightly freaked about landing, but it was a waste of emotion. The landing was incredible, much much smoother than any other airplane I’ve ever been in. All in all a great trip home, but it’s nice to be back to well, my other home…
This is what we got up to last time we were home: A trip to Boston I & Boston II, Vermont, Massachusetts & New York, and of course my hometown area