Houston, Texas to Lake City, Florida
Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
39Trip End Mar 30, 2013
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It was mostly clear but cold departing Houston. Given the good weather, I decided on another VFR flight with flight following instead of filing IFR. My route followed along victor airways due east to Florida. After takeoff on runway 17 I turned northeast and leveled off at 1500 feet to stay below the Houston Class B airspace shelf until the KDWH tower handed me to Houston Approach control who cleared me to climb into their Bravo airspace and head east
I’ve flown to every state in the USA (wheels on the ground), most them in my old Archer II, but I’d never flown along the Gulf Coast like this. It is dead flat, with water and land making tentative, uncertain transitions from one to the other. It’s curious to see the hand of nature with meandering waterways and fragmented shorelines juxtaposed to the hand of man with dead straight canals and causeways and roads carved across the landscape.
There a lot’s of airports in this region and the good weather (a sunny Sunday) brought many weekend pilots into the sky producing a lot of radio chatter. Occasionally ATC scolded these pilots for their clumsy excursions nearly into restricted military airspace – there’s a lot of it along the Gulf Coast, especially around Pensacola NAS.
I could see Lake City (Gateway) airport (KLCQ) from 30 miles away so I dropped flight following and headed down to an easy landing straight in on runway 10
I was in for another treat this evening - dinner with Thom Kane and Veronica Baird who have also flown around the world in Thom’s Cessna 180 (dinner was another Earthrounders mini-reunion!). They invited me to their home in the countryside southwest of Lake City along a private airstrip, Little River residential airpark (FL10). Thom and Veronica would like to make the trip to South America and Antarctica someday so we talked about the planning and permit issues. It was a fantastic dinner and great fun to swap stories about our adventures flying little planes to far-flung places.