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Old 09-06-2019, 01:44 PM
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Default BREAKFAST ENCORE

My wife and I enjoyed the smooth air and breakfast so much last Friday that we decided to test our luck again today. This time at Sulphur Springs, TX (KSLR). (As a photography buff I wish my airport had this ID: SLR, perfect.)

The nice sunrise over the bridge on Lake Dallas made me think of all the professional pilots who have to literally face this almost daily in their jobs. Bright sun in the eyes ? you may as well be IFR. And I?m sure it?s worse heading West in the afternoon with the added heat.

We saw a lone hot air balloon hovering over Plano, TX which means virtually no wind, smooth air. We enjoyed this smooth air both out and back which is why we left early. By 10:00 a.m. around here the turbulence down low can get pretty uncomfortable for the passengers. As it was, we had smooth air even at 2,500 ft. for the entire trip.

Breakfast at the Red Barn Caf? ? a short walk across from the terminal at the south end of KSLR. Always a good, reasonably priced meal ? your basic American fare. Plus a friendly and often curious crowd when you walk in with your airplane hat and shirt on.

Received a nice compliment on my airplane by a worker at the airport as we were walking back to plane. That always makes me feel good. (Keep pounding those rivets ? it?s worth it.)

Have a great RV weekend.

Chris



Sunrise and the Lake Dallas bridge.



The ?Big Boss? directing the photography.



Where?s Waldo ? or in this case the Plano Balloon? There actually is one ? look for the white water tower and then at the 1 o?clock high position.



Oh, that?s better. You can see it now.



Can you name the mystery fruit/blossom? We don?t know, really. But this grows outside the Red Barn Caf?. My wife loves gardening and wants to know.



Classic American breakfast.



Back home safe and sound after our flying fix for the day.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:24 PM
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Default Mystery Fruit

In Iowa, we call those Hedgeapples. They are growing on what the locals call Hedge trees. The proper name however is Osage Orange. The crooked but very hard and long lasting Hedge Posts come from this tree. It is also believed that if you put Hedgeapples in your basement, your basement will be spider free.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:34 PM
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In Texas we call these horse apples.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:34 PM
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Hedge posts, by the way are fence posts. To my knowledge they are not edible, however, the critters in the wild sure seem to like them!
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:17 PM
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In Iowa, we call those Hedgeapples. They are growing on what the locals call Hedge trees. The proper name however is Osage Orange. The crooked but very hard and long lasting Hedge Posts come from this tree. It is also believed that if you put Hedgeapples in your basement, your basement will be spider free.
Thank you Rick. I appreciate the info.

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Old 09-06-2019, 06:18 PM
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In Texas we call these horse apples.
Thanks Ken. Horse Apples has more of a Texas ring to it.

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Old 09-06-2019, 06:20 PM
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I... It is also believed that if you put Hedgeapples in your basement, your basement will be spider free.
If only we had basements in Texas.
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:22 PM
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They are mountain bike trail soccer balls for my morning ride. They are littering the trails right now and provide a continuous opportunity for a tire kick, even with squirrels attached!
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:24 PM
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They are mountain bike trail soccer balls for my morning ride. They are littering the trails right now and provide a continuous opportunity for a tire kick, even with squirrels attached!
Kick them squirrels Scott. Little tree rats that they are.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:22 PM
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Default Osage Orange

The limbs of the Osage Orange have to be very strong to support the heavy fruit. I learned in dendrology class at LSU that American Indians used the wood from the trees to make bows because of that strength. I was also told that the fruit makes a good roach repellent. John
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