A Few Flying Pictures

Lately, I’ve been able to get up in the air, thanks to some great weather and the Diamond DA-40. Here’s a look at Runway 29, Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby (KZER):

Departing Runway 29 at KZER (Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby Field).

Departing Runway 29 at KZER (Schuylkill County, Joe Zerby Field).

And here’s a view of the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA:

East bound over the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA.

East bound over the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, USA.

On mornings like these, it’s very hard to stay on the ground. Remember, always do your checklist!

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Flying to Cape May, NJ (KWWD)

Took the Diamond DA-40 for a nice fly a few days ago. The weather was absolutely perfect: Clear skies, low humidity, moderate temperatures. No reason to stay on the ground. I took the long way, flying down through northern Delaware then turning across the upper reaches of the bay, following the western coast of New Jersey then to Cape May Airport. A pair of World War II bombers were parked there. Here’s a look:

World War II bombers at Cape May Airport.

World War II bombers at Cape May Airport.

After taking off from Cape May, I did a few circuits around the lighthouse, enjoying the clear view below:

Cape May, NJ from about 2,500 feet.

Cape May, NJ from about 2,500 feet.

Then it was time to head north. Through that smooth air the flight went perfectly, including this view of the Delaware looking toward Philadelphia:

Looking inbound at the Delaware River near Salem, NJ.

Looking inbound at the Delaware River near Salem, NJ.

It was a great flight, a good time to practice my skills and enjoy the privilege of being above it all. Always do your checklist!

XMRE, Menu 3, review

Whether you’re preparing for a disaster, a hike in the woods, or just want to have a zany dinner, the military acronym “MRE” may be just the thing. MRE, as you probably know, stands for “meal, ready to eat.” In other words, you can literally eat it as it is with minimal preparation. Foods are already cooked. Of course, they may be tastier if heated or chilled, but the concept is that a person could eat the contents of the package and get a fair amount of nutrition and calories. So, let’s take a look at Menu 3 from XMRE, a company I just discovered. Here’s a look at the package as you would carry it with you:

XMRE, Menu 3 before opening.

XMRE, Menu 3 before opening.

And here’s a look at the other side of the package that lists the contents:

List of contents on back of XMRE, Menu 3 package.

List of contents on back of XMRE, Menu 3 package.

The bag was easy to open, but please note, you can not reseal it once you open it. Inside, all contents are also individually packaged in very durable plastic. Here’s a look at the entire contents:

Contents of XMRE, Menu 3.

Contents of XMRE, Menu 3.

In the center of the photo above, you see the “heater.” This is a chemical device that gets very hot by adding just a few ounces of water to the package. You slip the entree into this pack and then back into the cardboard carton and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and voila! Your entree is now hot. Be careful, it works great and gets nice and hot. While that was going on…

Lemon/lime beverage mixed in supplied hot beverage bag.

Lemon/lime beverage mixed in supplied hot beverage bag.

… I mixed the supplied lemon/lime beverage powder in the hot beverage bag. It was tangy for sure. Then…

The wheat bread snack with strawberry jam and contents of the utensil/flavor pack of XMRE, Menu 3.

The wheat bread snack with strawberry jam and contents of the utensil/flavor pack of XMRE, Menu 3.

…I sampled the wheat bread snack with strawberry jam. It was a little dry, but the jam was pretty good.

Rice crackers in Menu 3 from XMRE.

Rice crackers in Menu 3 from XMRE.

These are your standard rice crackers you’ll find in the grocery store. They were nice and crunchy, giving a change in texture to the other items. Would also be a nice snack for when you’re on the move.

Heated entree from XMRE, Menu 3, still in pouch.

Heated entree from XMRE, Menu 3, still in pouch.

Above you see the heated entree, chicken in pesto sauce, while still in the pouch. In the field, you would probably eat it right from there, which would be easy. Note that you tear the pouch open on it’s longest side, allowing it to open and provide easy access. Here’s a look at the portion on the plate for comparison:

Chicken in pesto sauce from XMRE, Menu 3.

Chicken in pesto sauce from XMRE, Menu 3.

Truth be told, it was very tasty and the right size portion. Seriously, this particular entree was as good as many meals at a diner, and much better than fast food. Also, it was far superior to the freeze-dried type of foods I have tried. One more item…

Maple muffin top in XMRE, Menu 3.

Maple muffin top in XMRE, Menu 3.

… that is the maple muffin top, that did have plenty of maple flavor. I made the instant coffee, which was kind of blah, but it’s instant coffee. Overall, this meal provide plenty of flavor and convenience. No, it is not a “military issue” item, but it is similar. For the money, these are a great alternative to freeze-dried foods. They are a little bulky, producing quite a bit of trash at the end, but to keep the flavor, a price has to be paid. I’ll be making a video review of more from XMRE, so check back often.

 

 

Eataly food truck, Aruba, DWI

Eataly food truck serves some of your Italian favorites. They’re located at the “Texaco Traffic Circle” in the parking lot of the Eagle Bowling Alley/Hipz fitness club. Plenty of parking there. They open around 8:00 PM, but best to go a little later after they have things set up and ready.

Eataly Food Truck, Aruba, DWI.

Eataly Food Truck, Aruba, DWI.

Here’s a look at the menu so you get an idea of what they have and the prices:

Menu at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

Menu at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

And here’s the other side for more:

Other side of the menu at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

Other side of the menu at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

I enjoyed the pork sandwich which was very tasty but needed a bit more meat inside to make it a better value and hearty sandwich. Here’s a look at the main ingredient:

Pork at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

Pork at Eataly Food Truck, Aruba.

There is a connection between this truck and Gianni’s Restaurant near the hotel area. At any rate, if you’re in the mood for an evening snack or meal, this may be the place for you. Enjoy!

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