Three generations of pilots represented here :)) Enjoy the stories of flight, freedom and adventure! DawnSeeker
Family of Flying
Oh the joy! I got to fly a helicopter for my Birthday :)) out of Camarillo Airport — not far from my native Malibu.
And a visit to the WWII Air Museum there prompted a memory I hadn’t thought of in years.
Is it possible? Could it be?
Outside the Museum hanger, parked on the tarmac, was a solitary white homebuilt aircraft. Perched there, awkward — looking sort of like a dolphin out of the sea.
My Horse: My Airplane
My horse is an airplane, my airplane, and my soul longs to take up his yoke and soar.
As I roll open the gate and lead him from his barn-hanger, I feel the thrill of knowing that we’ll be in the air, soon.
Like my fellow aviators, I administer my preflight routine: Brush off his hair coat—check. Pick out his hooves—check. Pad, saddle, girth, bridle—check, check, check.
Before I mount, I run my hand across his silky neck, and I remember my dad’s first airplane, when I was very young. After all, it was a horse – an airplane called a Piper Colt — a tiny economical two-seater with not metal, but a painted cloth exterior.
I remember Dad being extra careful in his preflight check to be sure there were no scrapes or tears in the thing. (Fortunately, there never were.)
Dad told my brother and me, “Don’t touch the skin – it’s thin as paper! You could poke your finger through it by mistake!”
Gee, Dad, I thought. How safe is that?
“You Can Do ANYTHING!”
I was given the opportunity to present the Commencement Speech for the SEVEN graduating 8th Graders at Gorman School, the smallest school district in Los Angeles County. In fact my own daughters attended this tiny yet effective school many years ago.
The speech centers around my Dad’s philosophy in life. He lived it. And he wanted us all to know that we could live it, too. He’d give a little laugh and say: “You can do ANYTHING!”
Went online and found some AWESOME recordings of DAD’s music! (Links below.) Very emotional to hear – takes me straight back to a simpler time . . .
The 8th Graders seemed to enjoy this. I hope you do, too!
Adventurer of the Night
Far from the city lights, high up in my California mountains, Paradise calls.
I am one of the very lucky ones – I, and the pilot who flies a lone plane overhead – hear the engine, see the strobe.
I wave and tip my mental hat, passing along a greeting to my fellow Adventurer of the Night.
Into the twilight, early July, my first high-mountain ride of the season, I ride my Mare past the portal of McGill Trail, up, up, into the wilderness.
Even though risks lie in steep drop-offs just inches beside me, here, I am always welcome. Always safe.
Up, up, we stride, into the comfort of the falling curtain of night.
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