Cruisin’ To The Oldies on the Orange Barrel Tour to AirVenture 2010

29 Jul

My four kids just wouldn’t understand.  My husband and I actually enjoy each other’s company while we travel.  We like to put on an Oldies station and sing the songs we know as we travel.  He is a much better singer than I but I still enjoy singing.  Monday evening after work we headed out on our lastest adventure which was a trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for AirVenture 2010.  This was our first trip to AirVenture.  I earned my private pilot’s license in April of 2010 and would have loved to flown to AirVenture.  Only a couple of problems in doing so.  The number one problem is we don’t own a plane and the number two problem is I didn’t feel confident enough to fly into such a busy airport for the event having never been there before.  

We loaded up the van with a suitcase, laptop, pillows, blanket, and cooler for the trip.  It was about a six and a half hour drive.  We decided to drive to around midnight and pull over in the nearest town.  This was one of our first sights along the way.

Although we saw thousands of orange construction barrels as we crossed Wisconsin it only slowed our progress a time or two for just a few minutes.

We arrived at AirVenture around 12:30pm on Tuesday.  I was invited by an aviation author to attend her presentation in the audience so she could introduce me as someone who had earned a private pilot certificate after the age of 40.  Also in attendance was a pilot friend who earned her certificate after the age of 60.  Laurel Lippert, the author, gave a wonderful pep talk to all those who may be interested in learning to fly.  Both she and her husband Tom are pilots and she has written for flying magazines and her husband Tom is an aviation photographer.










Some old barns we saw on the way home.  We slowed down enough to take a few pictures. 





Sunset July 29, 2010



Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Flying Adventures, Vacations



2 responses to “Cruisin’ To The Oldies on the Orange Barrel Tour to AirVenture 2010

  1. Thomas Stazyk

    July 31, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Sounds like a great trip–glad you had fun. That last barn looks more like a house than a barn with all those windows!

  2. flyinggma

    July 31, 2010 at 9:03 am

    It was a great trip. So many airplanes, so little time. Its fun to dream about owning my own someday but it is extremely expensive when you figure in maintenance and storage costs for owning your own.

    I told my husband that it would be fun after I get a new camera to go on an “Old Barn Tour” and take pictures of as many different types of barns along the way. We actually have a round barn that is located about 25 miles from where we live.

    The last picture of the barn must of been a plan of a dreamer. Convert a barn into a home. It appeared to be abandoned.

    There is another barn about 50 miles from here that has been made into a couple of apartments and the stairway is in the silo.

    I want to get pictures of the old barns around here before they collapse. It is interesting to me to see the different types of barns based on the ethnic backgrounds.


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