I got to have one of those golden moments in life when you realize that you’re experiencing something that few get to see. And they were moments truly made for me.
I went out to swim as the sun was going down. With my fair skin, I prefer to swim at night.
The water was still and warm as I swam and floated on my back and gazed up at the sky. Because the sun was going down, the pilots were coming in for the day so I could see the planes descending to land.
I started flying in 2012. And once you do and the flying bug hits you, you forever look to the sky. I like to watch the planes. The private airport in Palm Beach county is right outside of my gate.
When I got out of the water I could look out onto the lake as the sun was setting and peer down the beautiful green grass of the golf course.
Not a soul in sight anywhere. Not the pool, not the lake and not the course. Only in the skies. The pilots wanting to land as the first stars start to faintly twinkle.
And it makes me think about some of my favorite moments. One of them is to be on the tarmac before a flight and to walk the plane and run my hand over it and check everything. And then to climb up in and flip the switches and feel the air rush around from the engine or engines depending on the plane. Tarmacs in Palm Beach are warm, windy glorious places filled with excitement and anticipation.
As I floated in the pool, my mind went to some of those moments.
I can remember racing my Porsche into the hangar at Hilton Head knowing that the fun was about to begin. There is so much freedom in the skies.
And I can remember Joe and I flying out of Palm Beach International in the dark as the orange and red streaked across the skies and you could still make out the clouds. He wanted to show me what the Cheyenne could do so he would turn the plane in as far a pitch as he could. First left and then right and then left again as we flew over the cloud line around Palm Beach. Flying with him was guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing in your system.
It’s not quite the peaceful easy feeling of my Lantana Diamond airplane.
It’s fun to think back about all those moments as I hang on the edge of the pool and look up at the sunset.