I set a goal for this year of at least two blog posts per month and I was doing pretty well… but then life events forced me to put writing on hold for a while. You see, my mother passed away somewhat unexpectedly at the end of May. Those of you who know me or who have followed this blog for a few years will remember that my father passed away back in 2016. Losing my mom means that both my parents are gone now, which means my brother and I face the added stress of dealing with my mom’s estate. Definitely not fun.
Everyone copes with grief in their own way. For some people the idea of returning to work after a loss might be unbearable. For me, however, going back to work was a lifeline. It allowed me to get back into a routine, but more importantly, it provided me with a much-needed daily dose of aviation therapy. And oh my goodness what excellent therapy it has been!
When I pulled into the parking lot on my first day back I noticed there was a large airplane sitting across the airfield, but I was too distracted to give it a lot of thought. However, when I got to my department I could clearly see an Atlas 747 sitting on the south ramp. Atlas always flies into the cargo airport – why was it at the passenger airport? Actually, who the heck cares! I’m just so glad I got to see it. (For those who are wondering, it was a military charter flight.)
That was just the start of several days of really great plane spotting. Some of the planes I got to see included:
A whole bunch of bizjets from Target Inc. (Target has great taste in airplanes!)
A KC-135 practicing touch-and-goes.
A beautiful Cessna 195:
Three big beauties headed to the cargo airport:
A sweet little Skylane:
A National Air 757:
And perhaps best of all, two A-10s! Sadly I couldn’t get a good picture of them because of how they were parked. But that’s OK. Getting to see them at all was a huge treat that really lifted my spirits.
However, the ultimate in aviation therapy is just a month away – Airventure Oshkosh. Once again I plan to be there all week. As always, I’ll be handing out bacon jerky at Oshbash so if you’ll be at Airventure on Tuesday, July 23, please join us. No, not even 10,000 airplanes can make up for the loss of my mom. But I can’t think of a better place to find my smile again. Hope to see you there!