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A Seagull's Life

by John M. White |

Over the past four years my wife and I have not had the time to take a vacation, in large part because of taking care of our wonderful grand children.  However, we finally had the opportunity to take some time for ourselves, and spent the last ten days on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

As i reflect upon the high aviation fuel prices, both Jet A and AvGas, I think I may have sold my aviation insurance business just in time.  General aviation, the core of my business, is suffering from the high costs associated with flying, and competition in the aviation insurance market has premiums at low levels, all combining to make managing an aviation insurance business challenging.  But I digress.

If you have never spent any time on Cape Cod then you have missed a great time.  We stayed in a barn, although not your typical barn.  This one was built in 2000 and has a lovely living space upstairs over a three car garage and workshop area.  It is close to a salt pond, and very close to the shore of Cape Cod Bay.

We spent a lot of time at the National Seashore, all the way from Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod down to Marconi and Coast Guard Beaches.  The sand is just wonderful, soft and cool as you bury your feet and toes in it.  And the sky is full of terns and seagulls.

Which brings me to the subject of today's blog.  As we sat by the seashore we could watch the terns and seagull takeoff and land, and taxi around the beach.  How cool to just watch one of these magnificent birds turn into the wind, lower their landing gear, flare and land in full stall configuration.  After watching us humans, and searching for any scrap of food they could find, once again turn into the wind and takeoff much like an old Piper Cub with a short takeoff run into a stiff breeze. Seagull

I don't know about you, but watching these magnificent creatures fly makes one yearn for the sky.  It brought to mind a book I read many years ago by Richard Bach called "Jonathon Livingston Seagull".  If you have never read this book I would highly recommend it to you.  It is an uplifting story, and especially interesting for us aviators out there.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


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