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Old 03-21-2012, 06:04 PM
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A native of the Philadelphia area I have never been to Florida to see the Phillies (MLB) in spring training. With my condition inspection recently completed I thought this was as good a time as ever. The weekend weather was looking great.

Heading south out of Philadelphia along the east coast it is rare to have a tail wind...but I did!! 170 kts GS all leaned back at 7.2 GPH.

In short order I was passing 53VG international!


To my right was Tangier Island. I've heard some wierd things about the people here and plan to visit someday soon.




This is the same armada that the Russian saw...only 2 days earlier.


First stop! Lumberton (LBT), home of $4.99 100LL. Only took 2.5 hours to get here. Not too shabby.




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Old 03-21-2012, 06:19 PM
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The FBO was nice and the people were friendly. They didn't talk to us too much, probably because we're "Yankees" but they supplied us with a nice crew car to take into town.


A typical trip soutbound along I-95 you will start to see these billboards from 200 miles out. We only had to endure one of the MANY billboards for "South of the Border!"


After a nice lunch in town we we're off!! Not many pictures to show the landscape but the weather and views on top were beautiful!!




Looking towards Texas I was trying to give my cousin a PIREP.


He should have left when I left!!


We arrive near Clearwater, FL and duck down through a hole near the west coast. There she is!! The Phillies stadium!!


Tampa Class B is all around us! It is a tight squeeze into CLW but there she is!


It would be easy to talk to approach but who wants to do that???
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:33 PM
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The next day was rough!! We lost an hour sleep (DST) on top of a pretty healthy hangover. We actually ran the bar out of Bacardi. Can't figure out if we drink too much or the bar is lame but either way, it's sad!!

As they say, "A hair of the dog that bit you...", we started drinking again as we arrived at


Across the street is where the Tampa Bay Bucs play (NFL)


I hate the Yankess but have to admit, they have a nice stadium down there in Tampa.

They also beat us!!

We had pretty good seats, right in the sun with a hangover!! The only thing they sell is beer and that just wasn't cutting it.




Shane Victorino!! He just predicted he will have the most triples in the league this season.


After the game we found a trustworthy Phillie fan to take our picture.


More to follow....
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:53 PM
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Nice place to visit. Thanks for bringing the Florida weather back with you :-)

BTW: I'm going to have to fly direct from my airport to Canada to truly earn the monitor "53VG International" :-) sounds like a worthy challenge !

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
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Drinking Glen? LOL
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:08 PM
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Only after shutdown and never enough to dry out a bar
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:13 PM
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The Tampa Approach controllers are some of the best in the eastern half of the country... don't be afraid to talk to them!! They are friendly and very helpful.

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:15 PM
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He doesn't talk to ATC often but when he does he fires so rapidly I can not understand a thing
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Somehow, I can't imagine Tony is afraid to talk to a controller!
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:25 PM
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"I don't often talk to ATC, but when I do, I prefer to talk to myself!!"
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