One of the adventures I’ve been on occasionally is flying an airplane.

Small, single engine airplanes made by Cirrus and Cessna.

Basically I decided to learn to fly because I was tired of being scared on airplanes and I felt like learning a little about flying would benefit me.

So I took a lesson in Petaluma on New Year’s Day.

I remember the date because my instructor showed up, with little (or no) sleep, and he smelled like a brewery.

Nevertheless, I got in the plane and we had a 30 minutes flight lesson right then and there.

Now, let me preface this by saying that I had absolutely NO TRAINING whatsoever before I took to the skies.

Which I suppose is okay if your instructor is going to manage most, if not all, of the flight.

I flew around a little in the sky.

Banked left and right.

All in all, it was a fun time and I really enjoyed it despite my lack of preparation.

I snapped a photo of myself, grinning from the co-pilot’s seat.

It was a nice photo so I posted it to my online dating profile.

I can’t tell you how many sport pilots I met after I posted that picture online.

Which in turn led to me flying more small airplanes.

I even flew in an experimental plane with a GPS tracking system strapped to my leg.

Now, as you may have guessed, I do not have my sport pilot’s license.

It’s far too expensive for me to get.

Maybe someday.

Meanwhile, I’ll just have to be happy occasionally hopping in an airplane with another pilot and jumping around California for a bit.

Not a bad gig.

What’s on tap…

I’ve been thinking about my next set of activities to take on.

Besides needing to scour Groupon for specials, I’ve come up with the following list:

  • Eat at Manresa
  • See Niagara Falls and get wet
  • See Bruce Springsteen
  • Go to a U2 concert
  • Take a tour of Alcatraz
  • Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House (I’ve never been)
  • Fly a single engine Cessna again
  • Go to the Korean Spa, again
  • Great White Shark dive
  • Eat at a Burmese restaurant
  • Go to Supper Club in SF
  • See a transvestite show
  • Go to  strip club
  • Drive down Highway 1
  • Drive up Highway 1
  • Go to a book reading
  • Go to an art museum
  • Learn to surf
  • Fly in an acrobatic plane doing stunts
  • Camp in Yosemite
  • Go wine tasting in Napa/Paso Robles
  • Go to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
  • Take sailing lessons
  • Learn to brew beer at Workshop SF
  • Get a new tattoo

And that’s a pretty good start for me.  I think I’ll start with driving up and down Highway 1.  I love to stop along the way at any place that suits my fancy – like the Olema Farm House in Olema or the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, or Nepenthe in Big Sur.  So much to see and experience.  Time to get cracking!