Snow Bike

Bicycling is lots of fun and can keep you fit. Winter is no reason to stop riding, either. As you can see in the photo below, I took to the streets and trails on my trusty Trek.

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Of course, I wasn’t jumping over piles of snow. But I’ve been out there plenty this winter season, wearing my cold weather gear, cranking out the miles and burning the calories. The Trek never misses a beat. Just be careful around the cars and other hazards.

Snow Bird

Just because it snows, doesn’t mean you can’t fly! Anyway, there was quite a bit of snow, enough to close the small airport from which I normally fly.

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It took about a day to plow and haul away the snow. Then the airport was back to full operations. The manager and crew do a great job keeping things operating, which is good for those of us who need a place to take off and land. Always do your checklist!

Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork

When it comes to an American original, Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork sets the standard. This is a combination restaurant, grocery, and music venue where you can have an authentic experience of the kind that is fading away. Here’s a look inside:

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Interior of Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

As you can see, plenty of tables. You order and collect your food at the counter. They have your southern favorites here, things like pulled pork, brisket, ribs, all slow-cooked to perfection, plus all the sides such as baked beans, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, biscuits, etc. In other words, show up hungry. Here’s a look at the pulled pork with two sides:

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Meat and 2 style platters, pulled pork with sides, at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork.

Darn that platter was tasty! Had to resist doubling down and getting another. Place is easy to find, parking on the side, and prices very reasonable. Enjoy every meal.

Helicopters, big and small

There’s been a bunch of helicopter activity at my local airport. In the photo below, you’ll see one which is a vintage bird capable of lifting some serious weight. The smaller one will carry only two people and does mostly training work.

Helicopters big and small.

Helicopters big and small.

It’s amazing what helicopters can do, from fire fighting and medical transport to heavy lift and corporate transport. They’re challenging machines to fly, requiring quite a bit of coordination. Here’s a look at the pilot’s window:

Pilot's window on heavy lift helicopter.

Pilot’s window on heavy lift helicopter.

Stop by your local airport for an introductory flight, or just go for a ride. Either way, it’ll be a thrill like no other.

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