What a day! Sunday Drivers was temporarily Sunday Fliers. Today our journey began at the Kings County Airport.
We had initially made a plan for sometime this coming week, but the weather forecast is indicating crappy, but warm, weather for the days ahead. This morning however, was clear, calm and gorgeous and I wondered briefly when I got out of bed if we shouldn't go today.
No sooner had we eaten breakfast but the phone rang. Would you like to take photos today, the guy asked? WOULD I ?! Jumping for joy I prepared my equipment and hopped in the car!
I arrived at the airport a bit early so I could take some photos prior to take off.
|The sun was shining, the birds were singing and there was a barely-hair-tousling breeze.|
|Kings County Municipal Airport is home to the Kings County Search and Rescue team. Their trucks were parked, ready to roll in an emergency. The KCSAR team was also conducting an air exercise just as we landed.|
|The KCMA is also home to the Atlantic School of Skydiving, which has not yet begun operations for the season.|
|The plane seats four-ish. The pilot and co-pilot in the front and a seat and a half in the back.|
We made three passes in total - one at approximately 1800', the second and third at approximately 2200'. Two passes were done before we headed off in north-west, to Laura and Gerard's. It was after we'd taken some photos of their place that Jon realized some of his photos were not so great. So, we went back for a third pass. It was on this third and final pass that I spotted my tee-eye-en-wye family walking back along the logging road! They are waving.
|All of the tracks in the foreground are from septic installation. Our septic field is the brown rectangle, right foreground.|
Jon got his shots and we began the journey back to the airstrip. On our way back, I thought I took some shots of the peat-moss and cranberry bogs, but I guess I wasn't pressing the shutter hard enough. I couldn't hear nor feel the camera because of aircraft noise and vibration, so I guess I missed the opportunity. We did fly over this property, however. I couldn't figure out if it was a collection of solar arrays or perhaps greenhouses, so I asked Bob. He said those were mink enclosures. Mink? Really? Two owners ago, our property had been owned by a mink farmer, but I'm guessing his operation was very small-scale. The only indication of the mink farm which was once here are a few cages left to rot on a portion of the property and a story or two about how the former owner, as a young boy, helped feed the mink. These days mink are a primary industry in Nova Scotia, but not without controversy.
|Mink farm. All of those tiny, skinny, shiny tubes are mink sheds.|
|Jon, myself and Bob pose by the aircraft after our flight.|
|Our teensy-weensy, itty-bitty home.|