Randy and I gave the airplane engine another workout Friday afternoon. After stopping in Lakeview, MI (13C), to pick up a stock of mineral oil for the airplane, we continued north to Manistee so we could lose some money at the local, Little River casino. It was a beautiful day to fly, despite the bumps on the way there. (We were traveling in the heat of the day – so that is pretty much a given).
Coming back was a different story though. It was glass calm – one of those flights where you can hardly tell you are moving at all. We followed the Lake Michigan shoreline south nearly to Muskegon, where we turned NE back towards Hastings. I managed to get some nice shots of Ludington State Park, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, (Look closely and you can see the dune buggies zig-zagging their way up an down the hills. Our route took s right over the top of Grand Rapids. I had a great vantage point for some nice photos of downtown Grand Rapids and the Gerald Ford Airport (KGRR).