Ed and I went up in the Baron recently on October 30th, 2021 and it was a little bumpy. Although I have flown hundreds of times with Ed since the “Lost Summer” of 2013, when I decided I needed to overcome my fear of flying in small planes, sometimes this feeling, again, gets the best of me.
There may be a little turbulence or a vulture goes wizzing by the windshield and I think to myself: “This is it. This is the day. “
No matter how turbulent it gets, Ed always appears unaffected. He trusts the plane, the engineering, the physics of flight. Me? As much of a wonderful miracle as flying in a small plane can be, it always seems a bit, what shall I say, “unnatural.” Every time we land I cross myself thankful for one more flight. Ed always laughs.
What makes me go up again and again? Because every time we go up, it reinforces how much there is to fight for, what a beautiful place we live in along the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. From the ground it is beautiful, from the air it’s something hard to describe. Some call this a relative of the overview effect.
I thought I’d share these St Lucie Inlet photos because they are impressive in their own right and also to compare them to what I posted yesterday on a flight from 10-27-21. As you can see light is everything. Appearances shift. On 10-30-21, around 11:00am it was overcast grey/green/blue over St Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. It is also interesting to note the erosion on the south side of the St Lucie Inlet which was dug by hand as a permanent inlet in 1892 and created the St Lucie Estuary.
You’ll see that our German Shepard, Luna, was nothing but smiles! She reminds us we have so much to smile for!
-Luna is a very good flyer and never doubts the plane or pilot
-The air is great but there’s no place like home, Terra Firma!
5 thoughts on “Sometimes flying makes me nervous, but always worth it”
Once again thank you and Ed for your pictures,your comments and your string support of clean water on the East Coast and the West Coast!
Yes Jacqui, I couldn’t agree with you more. So much to be grateful for and to protect.
I would just add that; confronting our fears, or at the very least, not letting them stifle our curiosity for life, is also worth fighting for.
Thank you and Ed for being so courageous.
There is much raw truth here. Thank you for facing your fears for us.
This is allways Brent— same with me and open ocean fishing—sometimes I would get sick as a dog and puke my guts out but I loved it out there abd always went back for more
you are brave!