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Published: March 10th 2011
Here we are
ready to go up in the little yellow bi-plane
We’ve been watching the little yellow bi-plane flying overhead since we arrived in Boot Key Harbor. We’ve discussed going up for a ride, yes, we’re going to do that. But, we just didn’t do it. Suddenly, we realized, we’re running out of time. Let’s fly!
Monday morning I called and was told the plane was down for maintenance Monday and Tuesday, call back Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday afternoon I called and was told maintenance was almost finished, call Wednesday morning. Wednesday morning I called, “When do you want to go up?” I was asked. We agreed on two o’clock that very afternoon. We’re finally going to do it!
Around one we called Dave’s Island Taxi to take us to the airport. We were there by 1:45 and the plane wasn’t. We looked up and there it was, circling the island. Soon it was landing and the pilot came over with the worst bucked teeth I ever saw and complaining that the boss wanted us to siphon gas out of our tanks for the ride. Turned out the teeth were fake and so was the gas thing. It was a sign of things to come.
Getting into the small plane
runway and Florida Bay
was an adventure in itself, especially for two big people like Kerry and me. But we managed and were buckled in and equipped with headphones for communication. The little plane was nimble and was quickly in the air. We flew over the island, seeing familiar sights from an unfamiliar vantage. We flew over the harbor trying for a picture of our boat. That was way more difficult than I had imagined. The wind buffeted us in the open cockpit and it was hard to get a clear shot through the wing struts, but I snapped away. Then over the seven mile bridge. He told me he would get me a good angle for some great shots, and he did, but my camera picked that moment to get cranky and lock up. I managed to get it working again and got some serviceable shots of the bridge, but not as spectacular as the ones I missed. But that’s okay. We circled back toward the harbor and were entertained with a few acrobatic flying maneuvers. Then out over the Atlantic side of the island, circling over the northern part of Marathon, then back down the bay side to land again at the
this is the Gulf of Mexico side of the Keys
The whole flight was a hoot, the pilot joking and telling stories the whole time. The scenery was spectacular and the whole experience a treat. If you ever get the chance to fly over the Keys, don’t pass it up. It’s the trip of a lifetime.
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