It’s a Monday and the weather is good … good for flying that is!

The question is “where to go?” With Nick in doggy playcare, I have just about 8 hours.  How about Alton Bay and it’s FAA sanctioned ice runway? It’s only about 1000 miles for the round trip.

The first order of business is to do the morning walk.

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Since Alton Bay doesn’t have fuel available, I need to bring my own.

The AUX tank’s additional 22 gallons to the Devastator’s 42 gallons will do the trick.

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Preflight done and everything looks good.

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The runway is in pretty good shape for February …

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… and the Eastern Shore looks nice from above.

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The ocean looks pretty too … but probably cold.

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Speaking of cold, the weather “looked” great in New Hampshire but at 6 F it was cold and the wind made things “sporty”.

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After just over 3 hours of flying, there is Alton Bay and the ice runway.

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The initial crab angle was not looking pleasant …

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… but once I was below the hills, things straightened out.

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The landing was a non-event other than the landing gear wanting to slide around a bit.

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So here is the “proof picture” – the Devastator is on the ice.

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Time to get warmed up with a mug of hot cocoa, but I need to make it quick, I have to get back to Virginia.

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The winds favored a low altitude return so I headed for downtown New York …

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… and a tip of the wing to Lady Liberty.

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After almost 3 and a half hours (thanks to that head wind), I was right back where I started.

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All in all it was a decent enough way to spend the day.