I had a planned photo flight all plotted out, but once I got aloft, it was just too hazy in the mountains to the west and my target for the photo flight was an hour and some change into those mountains, so I chucked the flight plan and just went off to play local, flying up and down the mountain ridges between VA and WV just to see what I might find. (Click on the pics to enlarge.)
Here's Capon Bridge, WV.
Next, here's a train tunnel just to the east of Paw Paw, WV.
The Potomac meanders. The railroad, not so much.
I followed the river north (more or less) until all of a sudden it pulled a sharp right and headed east here at Great Cacapon.
I shot a couple of landings at Hancock's Potomac Airpark, just because it was lined up nicely with the wind and because I haven't hit this strip as much as I have the other area ones. The only other "traffic" there was a guy with a huge remote-controlled pane that looked big enough to carry a small child...or a German Shepherd. But his bird was on the ground as he was no doubt waiting for me to quit my landings and go away. I waved on each go-round but he never waved back. Not terribly friendly.
A flag just east of Hancock. 'Murica!
Hey, here's Fort
Looking at it, it'd be tough to defend by one person. I might need a small army of well-armed hot chicks to help. Applications will be accepted.
Coming down over Martinsburg, WV, I spy with my little eye...the old Martinsburg Railroad Roundhouse.
tours by appointment. I'm thinking that I might have to check that out next time visitors come.
Heading back into home field. Not sure what this structure is. They put it up a few years ago and it's right in the way for a base approach to Runway 26 from the north.
And here's a local brickyard, with old round brick kilns apparently still in use.
On landing, I spot this nifty Boeing 727 that came in. What's that say on the side?
Anyway...Now I'm down and home. 1.6 flying hours logged, and I feel fantastic. And ribs are on the grill as I type this, so you all have a great night.