It isn’t every day that you have a chance to check something off your bucket list. So when the opportunity presents itself, you have to do it. Even if it’s something that scares you a little. Actually, especially if it’s something that scares you.
It has long been my goal to take a ride in a biplane. There’s just something romantic about these open air planes and the barnstorming that has been done with them since the years following World War I.
I can’t describe it but my heart takes flight a little every time I see one in the air.
There was an opportunity to take a ride a couple of weeks ago at a hot air balloon festival but I found every excuse in the book to not do it. So when I learned there would be rides given at an airport in a neighboring community, I simply had to go.
Incidentally, the James A. Rhodes Airport in Jackson County was celebrating their 50th anniversary yesterday with a big shindig – cool aircraft on display, some RC flyers, a Model A Club and rides with Dewey Davenport of Goodfolk and O’Tymes Biplane Rides of the Xenia area.
This was a really fun blue sky day of celebration but it was a big day for me too. You see, part of the reason that excuses were made to not take a biplane ride is that I have a ridiculous fear of heights. I don’t do roller coasters and cringe at the thought of a glass elevator. But I’ve been up in aircraft before – commercial flights, small planes at my local airport and even a helicopter (sans door as I was taking pictures for a newspaper that day) and it’s ok.
But to glide through the air with the wind in your face and nothing between you and the sky? In a 1930 D-25 New Standard that looks like it belongs in a museum?
And guys. Wow. It’s fabulous.
It probably helps that I had an experienced pilot who is so enthusiastic about his work that I had no choice but to trust him. He’s fantastic. Really. Dewey Davenport is his name and if you see that he’s coming to an event near you, go take a ride. You won’t regret it. That’s him pictured with me above. And if you’re wondering what’s up with the sign, click here to read about the origins. Long story short – I have a smart mouth and warped sense of humor.
But this story isn’t really about the plane ride, funny sign or pilot. Sure, the experience was amazing. But it’s really about you and whatever is holding you back.
There has to be something that you’ve always wanted to do, maybe even something that scares you. Please don’t let fear prevent you from doing something that you want to do.
Friends, life is worth living. Go do it. Have an adventure. Go far away. Stay close to home. Do what scares you. Embrace the thing you love most. Whatever it is, do something that will make you smile at the end of this day and every day.
Life IS worth living. Make it what you want.
This is an area I’m still working on. Truth is, I don’t know what I want my life to look like so I’m just exploring the world as much as possible and doing the things that make me happy as well as the ones that scare me because they often are the same. We’ve discussed this topic here a couple of times before but we all could use a periodic refresher.
I imagine myself to be a kindred spirit of Amelia Earhart, Sheriff Maude Collins and other strong women from history. However, I’m probably a little more closely related to Snoopy versus the Red Barron and maybe Deputy Barney Fyffe! Regardless, I faced a fear and had such a fabulous time doing it that I’m already plotting to take another ride with Dewey someday.
And if you wonder what makes me an authority on this topic, just scroll up and look at that smile. It really was the best day. But this story is going to be a two parter! I checked something else off my bucket list but you’ll have to wait till Monday to read about it!
Want to know more about Dewey and biplanes? Check out his website and his YouTube vlog by searching his name.
Thank You Brandi for coming to celebrate and congratulations for overcoming that fear. Judging from your smile – you triumphed over that fear. Yes, Dwey was amazing – as is his beloved aircraft. I so admire his tenacity in achieving a long held dream. He fell in love with flying at an early age and overcame many obstacles to reach this pinnacle!!
Yes! Speaking as a 42 year old human who still hasn’t figured out what she wants to do with her life – I marvel at people who know at such a young age. Keep me posted on future airport events and I’ll be happy to promote them with friends. Thanks for reading Miss Barbara!
How exciting. Happy for you
Thank you! It was a great day!!
Glad to hear it all went so well. Congratulations!
It was wonderful! Thank you! ❤️
That is really really cool – what a fantastic experience and such a great looking plane. I’m really glad you enjoyed it – it’s been years since I flew in a light aircraft (I used to be an aircraft engineer) let alone a vintage biplane but I do remember how much fun it is!
An aircraft engineer? What fascinating work! I’ve been in small planes before but never anything open. I had some reservations but truly loved it. I’d go again in a heartbeat!
Yes indeed – although it was about 20 years ago – I had to go out an get a real job when I got married.
There is something about an open cockpit – it’s like stepping back in time and I’d love to do it again too.
I wasn’t sure if I would tolerate or enjoy the experience. Turns out it was great! Too bad about the job but I’m sure it was a fair trade.
Oh it was – the UK is the wrong country to make money in General Aviation. If I lived in the US however that would be different. Mind you – I don’t miss getting covered in oil everyday.
Ha! I bet not! Glad it all worked out for you.
Thanks – mind you, office work is pretty boring as well!
Sigh. Why is it that to earning a living we so often have to do the mundane rather than what we love?
Oh tell me about it – and what annoys me is that people judge you on your job, not your hobbies and interests!
Haha! What’s up with that? I have the coolest hobbies. Lol.
I know! I’ve never understood it – but ‘so what do you do?’ is one of the first questions you get asked when meeting someone! Who wants to talk about work!?!?! Give me hobbies any-day!
You should come to with a snappy answer. … by day, I work as an xyz but by night I’m an adventuring super hero! Or something like that.
lol! what a fantastic idea!
Lol. Use it in good health!
I’ll have to think of the Superhero name now – beardman maybe!
Lol. Hmm…. does that really summarize your cool life outside of work?
Ah true – maybe not. The Ratty Adventurer maybe?
Lol…. that might help with branding – to tie into your blog, you know.
😀 Quick Redbubble – I need a T-shirt!
Ha! There you go!!!
Enjoyed the time with you today
Floyd! It was a pleasure meeting you both today! I loved that we had so much in common and feel like I made a good friend. Stay in touch!
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