You know, if you are going to fly, there are not too many places more interesting to fly around than Southern California. So with my discounted flight lesson, Tiwa and I took off from Corona, CA for a flight over Catalina Island on a gorgeous spring day. After some low level turbulence through Gypsum Canyon, we climbed up to 4500 feet and flew along the Santa Ana river until we passed between Disneyland and Angel’s Stadium that we could peer into down below. Then we headed out over Huntington Beach out over the ocean. I even thought I spotted a whale, but hard to tell from our height. Reaching Catalina Island, we passed over Two Harbors and flew along the west coast of the island until we reached Avalon with the Wrigley Mansion, beautiful harbor, Casino, and a Princess Cruises ship loading passengers for its next destination of Mexico. We circled around the harbor before heading back to the California coast and then back to the airport. Flying is so much fun, I would love to complete the pilots training one day, but for now, this flight satisfied my curiosity and desire to fly.
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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds,
—and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
—Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hov’ring there I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
-John Gillespie Magee, Jr
I bought a Groupon for a 90 minute training flight to Catalina Island from Corona. It sounded like a great deal, so I bought it and will post more about the flight soon.
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