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Bay cruise

This year the US conference I go to each year was moved from Florida to San Francisco Bay area, which made a nice change. I went out on the Friday leaving Saturday free for a Bay Cruise! A search of flight schools highlighted Aerodynamic Aviation (formerly Amelia Reid Aviation) as a recommended operation. I got in touch with owner Zdravko Podolski and he booked me a Citabria 7KCAB and Jim Grant as instructor to make me legal. The Citabria was immaculate, having been recently been restored, and Jim is a great guy. It was fun trying out a taildragger and took a little while to get used to a big engine up front - a bit more rudder work than usual. I didn't get used to taxiing it though - quite a struggle with only a small cross wind.

As usual click on the first image for a bigger one, and a more detailed explanation of what's going on. And if you are ever in the area do the Bay Cruise! www.ameliareid.com

My plane for the day
My plane for the day
Citabria panel
Citabria panel
Heading south east from San Jose
Heading south east from San Jose
Cutting across to the coast
Cutting across to the coast
Overhead Watsonville
Overhead Watsonville
Old wreck - a concrete ship!
Old wreck - a concrete ship!
Santa Cruz Pier
Santa Cruz Pier
Pacific coast
Pacific coast
Along the coast
Along the coast
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Ano Nuevo beaches
Ano Nuevo beaches
Elephant seals
Elephant seals
Pigeon Point lighthouse
Pigeon Point lighthouse
Nearly lunchtime
Nearly lunchtime
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay
Visiting Stearman
Visiting Stearman
Oh no, clouds ahead
Oh no, clouds ahead
Approaching San Francisco
Approaching San Francisco
Bridge in sight
Bridge in sight
City view
City view
And there it is!
And there it is!
Bridge and city
Bridge and city
From the North
From the North
Looking South
Looking South
Blimp
Blimp
San Francisco
San Francisco
Reserve fleet
Reserve fleet
USS Iowa
USS Iowa
Heading South again
Heading South again
San Mateo bridge
San Mateo bridge