Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A quick catch up post. On a break-in flight, flew to Stephenville to have lunch at the Hard 8.

Classic Texas Barbeque.

The Lake Travis High School mens varsity football team added a 6th star to the LT logo! They won the 2016 Texas 6A Division I state championship game. I've been watching the Cavaliers since the daughter started high school. It's a pure pleasure to watch these teams play, they are so good. This has to be one of the best teams. In fact they were rated #1 in the state, and #5 in the country by MaxPreps. We've seen many good quarterbacks (and the rest of the positions, too!) starting with Todd Reesing, Garret Gilbert, Michael Brewer, Baker Mayfield, and now Charlie Brewer. Charlie now owns the US record for passing completion percentage. Wow!

And so we took the granddaughters to the victory parade. Katrin was a fitting part of the legacy. She earned lots of looks from the other kids curious about her old school band letter jacket. The grand daughters had a great time. They both were a bit overwhelmed. Sage went home with a bag full of candy tossed from the parade vehicles.

You're a big deal when the Batmobile is in your parade.

The Lady Cav golfers are also the State Champs!

Way over the top.

Flew safety pilot for Dave Kaplan. We flew to Palacios and started an approach there, but it was too socked in and we went missed very early. From there we flew to Gulf Coast Regional outside of Lake Jackson. I've been wanting to visit since there is a diner on the field, the Runway Cafe. The cheeseburger hit the spot.

Lots of other planes. What was going on? Just lunch as it turns out.

Leaving KLBX.

On the way home, the leading edge of the front had rolled through Austin. I was viewing the approaching clouds with apprehension, and the ADDS-B in was showing turbulence and icing airmets in areas we were about to fly through. Approach informed us that two small planes had to go around because of the 28 knot crosswinds at Bergstrom. We quickly came up with a plan B and decided to land at Smithville and figure out what to do. Lynne texted and asked if I was back. I called here and she said that Bee Cave had a huge gust of wind and rain, but it had already calmed down. After about 20 minutes of looking at the weather on the ground, Dave and I got back in the plane and flew back to KAUS. I'm happy to say that it was actually quite nice, with a docile wind on the runway, and no bone rattling turbulence.

Awesome view of COTA.

Short final.

Dramatic sky!