This was a great Friday. Due to some personal business I was FORCED to take the day off. Okay, no one forced me, I forced myself. But since I was home anyway, and I didn’t want to wake Cristy, I decided to head out to Oakdale to test out my new Electronic Flight Bag. An EFB has all the info a pilot needs including airport information, temporary flight restriction, NOTAMS, and most important of all, up to date navigation charts. The EFB I use runs on my iPad and it’s called Foreflight. Foreflight will display your aircraft’s GPS position right on a navigation chart, what’s more, it integrates with the airplane’s transponder to display ADS-B data on the chart as well. What’s ADS-B data, you may ask? It’s basically real-time traffic position data that is transmitted by air traffic control every time their radar sweeps the sky. Today was to be the first time I display traffic on my EFB and it worked like a charm!
I booked the Cessna 152 out at the airport at 6am and by 6:30am was climbing out and heading south for a quick flight to Turlock and back. As I said this was mostly just to test the ADS-B functionality of my EFB. I was amazed how many airplanes it picked up. It won’t pick up every aircraft in the sky but it will pick up a good portion of them. In fact, it picked up one that was dead ahead of me and at my same altitude. I scanned the sky carefully and was finally able to see it! Another aircraft heading into Turlock. You can see it in the photo below depicted as N543RR.
I continued my approach into Turlock, landed, taxied back, and took off again for Oakdale. Fiddling with my new EFB the whole way back. I was an early adopter of ForeFlight years ago and I can’t believe how may features they have packed into it now! After arriving back at Oakdale I put the plane away and began on the second part of my awesome Friday!
RV Trip to Gold Country Campground Resort
On my way home from the airport I swung by the RV storage yard and picked up our Lance travel trailer. I had reserved two nights at Gold Country Campground Resort. We packed up our food and clothes and then headed up into the Sierra Nevada foothills to try to beat the heatwave we were experiencing down in the Central Valley. Unfortunately, our campground was not high enough in elevation to beat much of the heat.
We checked in at the campground office and were given a map to our site. I asked if it was a pull-thru or back-in site and the young woman told me it was a back-in site. So after finding the site and backing in, I found that the utilities (power, water, sewer) were on the wrong side of the trailer! It was actually a head-in site! I pulled out and went round the loop again and pulled straight into the site and then everything lined up perfectly.
After getting set up we cranked up the AC to cool off. It was 97 degrees outside! We took a nap first hoping to sleep away the hotted part of the day. It was still hot when we woke up so we jumped into the truck and drove into town to get some ice cream. Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery was just a few miles away in the town of Pine Grove. We stopped in and got some vegan blueberry ice cream. It is non-dairy and made out of coconut and blueberries. I’m NOT a vegan but this stuff was delicious! All of their ice creams are hand made onsite and it is worth a trip if you are anywhere within a 2 hour drive!
After dessert we decided it was time for dinner. We drove down to Jackson and had dinner at Highway House Restaurant and Bar. Afterwards we drove back to the campground and sat out under the awning while the sun went down. Then we watch some Netflix shows I had saved on our iPad and then we turned in.
More to come…