by Bryan Quickmire
Canadian Flight Magazine
The title "A Hundred Things" is from the poem "High
a source of inspiration for countless flyers:
||Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of ...
Here is a selection of "A Hundred Things" featuring
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Getting To Know You
||I was actually, literally, laughing out
loud. Yet nothing was funny. I was laughing out loud with joy! How long
had it been since I laughed for joy? ...
Reflections, Sharp Shadows
|It's November and snow squalls are coming
in off Georgian Bay. XSL is still on its Puddlejumper amphibs, squeezing
the last drops out of the float season. I've become quite addicted to the
joys of flying around on amphibs in such a pleasurable little airplane
as the Challenger. Here are some vignettes from my first autumn. Some are
short, some are longer. There isn't room for them all. ...
A Wheel Winter Voyage
||My bags are packed, Iím ready to go. XSL
is standing flat-footed on three skis, fueled and eager to launch. The
back seat of the Challenger contains snowshoes, tent, sleeping bag, stove
and food. Iíve left out the kitchen sink to make room for a steamer trunk
full of clothes. And, of course, there's my laptop PC. The portages of
the couriers du bois must have been arduous indeed, lugging backpacks full
of spare batteries! ...
Floating On Air
|ďToronto Terminal, Xray Sierra Lima, so
long.Ē Itís April twenty-third and Iím over Alliston, just north of Toronto,
making sure the Challengerís transponder and encoder are operational for
next weekís trip into Toronto International Airport. ...
A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood
||I try to avoid doing things I'll regret.
The snow is whiter than white, the sky bluer than blue. The wind is but
a zephyr. Today's weather is so perfect. I'll always
regret it if I don't drop everything and go ski flying in my Challenger!
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