After being grounded for a couple of weeks by bad weather, I finally caught a break yesterday afternoon and zipped out to the airport for a flight.
But first we had to wait for this Citabria to get out of the way.
Fortunately the clouds were not storm clouds (yet) so they were not a factor as I flew along below them. They only became a factor when I had to cross a couple of mountain ridges and the clouds were close enough to the mountain tops to be a VFR no-no. So what to do?
Hey, there to the east is Highway 81. 81 goes to New Market. 81 runs through the Shenandoah Valley--no mountains there. So I dropped into the valley over 81 and commenced IFR flying: "I Follow Road". See the North Fork of the Shenandoah River meandering?
Look--a rainbow. Rainbows--like Citabrias and bow ties--are cool.
And here's Woodstock, VA.
Farther on down, I found New Market, VA's little airport. They hid it well between a grove of trees and a chicken farm, but I found it.
Tommy tells me that they do skydiving here. I may just have to come back and do that.
After a while, I took off again and headed east, taking care not to overfly the chicken coops. I did overfly this pond full of cows, though:
Next, I followed Route 21 through the mountain pass over to Luray.
Here's a dam on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
The river again, with mist over the water as it meanders.
Eventually I made it back home at dusk and made my last landing of the night.
Hey, you've got your standard of excellence, I've got mine, ok?