Warm Saturday afternoon in Minne, the Twins are off at rehearsal for their theater production, the little one is off with the neighbors..... Our trip to Davenport for Minor League baseball fell thru on hotel logistics.... What to do..
I suggested we fly 40 minutes to The Apostle Islands
up in Lake Superior for a nice little dinner and some aerial sightseeing. Andi likes lakes (and dinner), so we were on!
The flight up was pleasant, clear blue skies and 25-30 kts right on the tail!
We stopped at John F. Kennedy for some 100LL, Not THAT JFK, the JFK in Ashland, WI($4.90 - not bad)
A quick hop across the channel and we were downwind for 22 at Madeline Island. We parked, chocked the plane and headed down airport road into town. I commented to Andi that the Islanders are known to be friendly and will stop to pick us up. 10 cars scream by, nobody stops - the walk is 2 miles, so no big deal.
We decided on a little pizza for dinner and were catching up on the week. I decided to glance at the weather for the return, trip. Ut Oh(I might have said something stronger) This had started to crop up. Not the widely scattered the briefer had mentioned.
and it would get uglier....
We finished dinner and started back to the airport to check more weather and see if we could run around the east end, or tie down and sleep under the wings.
This time while walking, an Islander did stop to give us ride - Bud introduced himself and told us he lived on the airport road and owned a small "beer bar" (very legal, a Wisconsin thing) he dropped us off at the airport and told us to stop by next time we came up - he told Andi she could have a free beer if she could memorize the names of all the Apostle Islands when she came back......At the airport I looked at the radar and got a good long briefing. It might have been possible, but - I am a weather wimp. Briefer said tomorrow morning will be nice VFR. That did it, we were gonna be staying. Andi started to memorize the islands.... No clothes, no tootbrush, but a sense of adventure.
We walked to Bud's place, the Island Oasis, and told him our plight. He told us to come on in and we would figure something out.
Andi immediately recited all the islands and Bud gave her a beer, he then started making some calls to find us place to stay - not likely on a summer Saturday night. I held down a barstool....
We made some quick friends in the bar and no less than 2 couples offered us a place to stay, but by then Bud had found us a nice cabin for the night (really nice!)
He lent us his van to get settled in and told us to come back, so we did!
We had a great time with his regulars and vacationers in the bar chatting and downing a beer or 4. We met some really nice people, and dogs in the bar!
Walking back to the airport in the morning, Bud came by again and told us he wanted pictures with us and the plane - maybe we'll make the wall of the Island Oasis!
I love the big lake in the morning.....
Makes you feel good to meet people like this. If you fly to Madeline Island, walk into town, and along the way, stop at the Island Oasis - Tell Bud that Pete and Andi sent you.
The Islanders turned out to be very friendly!!! Another adventure possible b/c of the garage-built contraption!!!
Stay Classy - It's Shark Week!!