JetHiking Blog

Carolina Moon Shadows

The only airplanes leaving the airport in Hinesville, GA., were heading to South Florida – not much help when I was trying “jet hike” to Alaska. Suddenly, I heard a plane start up. “I think that one might be going to North Carolina,” Kevin said, glancing up from his desk computer. “Really? Can I go

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Taking to the Skies!

As luck would have it, Tony and Brooke (who had heard about my trip a while ago on the BeechTalk forum) were flying home from a vacation in Key West, and had an extra seat in the Bonanza. I didn’t care where we were going, so long as it was north. Key West International was

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The Witty and Weird, Conch Republic

Last Fourth of July weekend I was camping out by a grass strip runway in Vermont, and this year I was helping harvest coconuts from trees and selling them on the beach in Key West. It’s actually not an uncommon profession on the island. As Zappa – the coconut guru – and I lowered bundles

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Starting from the Bottom

I’ve never had anything less than an amazing experience in the Florida Keys. They are one of the reasons I first moved to South Florida, and every memory I have of my visits to Key West make me smile. Life on the island seems so simple and unhurried. Perhaps it is that feeling of reaching

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Eventually

When I started this project, I wanted to experience the United States differently. By early fall 2013, I felt like I was rushing to “beat the clock” to get to Alaska (and the other remaining seven states) before season ended and the winter set in. The finances I had saved from stopping and picking up

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Iowa Traditions

While trying to find the tent camping area among a sea of RVs at the Iowa State Fair, I stumbled upon a family of fair goers who never missed the event, and were also regulars at nearby Renaissance festivals.  (The paternal member of this family was the only person in the entire fair to insist

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Neighbors I Already Knew

The runway at Oshkosh AirVenture was closed until the afternoon air show wrapped up, so any planes flying in before the show finished remained in the holding pattern. As we approached in the Cessna 182, our timing couldn’t have been better because the airport reopened,  allowing our group to lead the “sky line” of airplanes

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Windsocks and Wet Shoes

After a night of braving the thunderstorms, I carted my damp backpack and tent to the airport in squishy wet shoes to meet Kristin, who said she was overdue for a trip in her Grumman and offered to give me a lift. Kristin recalled the days when she had similar adventures and often relied on

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Up the Hudson

The area surrounding the Igor Sikorsky Memorial airport was a reminder of what used to be: shattered windows in abandoned hangers and faded signs for flight schools. The restaurant we had lunch at was still decorated from top to bottom with aviation memorabilia, despite the fact that only a couple of local patrons came in

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Fireworks on the Lakes

For nearly an hour, our boat crawled along Conesus Lake (in Western New York) at 15mph, towing my friend’s boat along after the battery died. We’d just finished watching the Ring of Fire, a tradition from the Seneca tribe that involves lighting fires (and nearly 10,000 flares) around the lake as the fireworks begin to

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