Saturday, January 9, 2016

Leaving On A Jet Plane...

I hate to fly and love to drive. I need to go out to California to the wine country for a family crisis. I put off going for a week, trying to convince myself I could drive it again, but tomorrow I'll be Westward Ho at an early hour. On a dreaded airplane.

It's just in the last 10 years that I quit flying. Before that, as a training program manager, I would fly for business reasons about once or twice a month. And when I was young and in the Air Force, I would ride on any aircraft I could wangle my way on. 
One time in the Philippines, I caught a local flight, between military bases, on a helicopter from a nearby U.S. Navy base and made the mistake of asking what a belt-type-rope-thing was...and in 15 minutes I was hanging upside down out the helicopter side door, about 500 feet up over a field, pretending to check for shrapnel damage on the underside of the dang helicopter. Never ask a young Navy helicopter pilot what the belt thingy is...a lesson I learned the hard way!

If I never post again, you'll know my plane didn't make it...the good news is if my plane makes it...

I'll be in wine country and after a couple bottles of wine to celebrate I'll take some good pictures to share with you. 

I always forget how pretty the wine country is 'til I go home. OK, sing it with me: 

...Well I'm leavin' on a jet plane...don't know when I'll be back again...

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Good luck, sorry you feel that way about flying. If it's further than 2 hours from us I won't go in a car, hate car rides.

  2. I don't love flying either. I hope you are okay out there. I love the photograph. So cute.

    1. Thanks Katie. The TSA makes it hard to relax with all the serious searching before a flight. I didn't book a return flight yet. I told Bill he may have to come get me.

  3. Rivercrest Cottage,
    You were such a knock~out (till are), dear friend!!!
    Prayers for safe travels and that your family crisis finds a manageable solution!!!

  4. Oh! Have fun- I hate flying any more,too! I will drive every chance I get. Cute story! xo Diana

  5. I don't like to fly either but when you get to the Wine Country it will be worth it. Good luck on your trip.

  6. I don't like flying either but they say it's safer that traveling by car. Well they used to say that anyway. I just love that Air Force picture of you. You look great in that uniform and you are so pretty. Hope you have fun!

  7. I know exactly how your feel. I traveled a lot with my job and now I don't want to get on a plane. Hope everything turns out good for you and enjoy some good wine and relax.


  8. it must be an age thing, I dislike flying, but I also don't like to drive long distances. I've become such a home body. Hope all is well with your trip.

  9. Have a great time! Wine country is always a good idea.

  10. What a cutie you are in your flight suit and you sound very brave!
    I too do not care for flying, and I have family in Sacramento that I will be visiting next month.
    I am wishing you safe travels and I want to also thank you for your kind visit!
    It is SO nice to meet you and I look forward to learning more about you.

  11. Omg! Bite your tongue!
    Throw salt over your shoulder or whatever you need to do for good luck.
    I will visualize you having a safe comfortable flight.
    And I'll hold my breath until you post again!

  12. Hopefully you've arrived safely by now and the family crisis will soon be sorted. I don't like flying either, it looked so glamorous in those 1950s movies, now it is just awful.

  13. OMG! I never knew you were in the Air Force! Loved seeing that picture of you. I'm surprised you're afraid to fly then. I think we get that way though as we age. When we're young, we feel immortal and ignorant about real life dangers. I haven't flown in years and would probably be nervous too. When I was young, I wanted to be a flight attendant. Now, I don't see how I would've done that since I don't think clearly in a panic stricken situation!!! Ha! I would be the flight attendant screaming "We're going down"! But, life took me on a different path and probably for the better. I hope you enjoy the wine country and that your family crisis gets resolved. Safe travels!

  14. I feel your pain..I despise flying! And what an interesting tidbit of information you shared! Pretty dang awesome!! Safe travels and have a nice time after assisting with the family crisis! Have a glass for me! Hugs!

  15. Hope your trip has some good moments!

  16. Wow, look at you. I'll bet you have a lot more cool stories to share from those days, too... :)

  17. I'm in love driving. It's the best way of traveling on long distances as for me. Besides I'll tell you a secret, I never been on the airplane before. At all. So I can't even say do I like flying or not.