The Birthplace Of Aviation

The Birthplace Of Aviation

No visit to the North Carolina Outer Banks region would be complete without a stop at Kill Devil Hills and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

We’ve covered some lofty topics here over the last few days, discussing communication then sea travel, we’ve even talked beer, but today we move on to the loftiest of all, that of air travel. Imagine, we are now just weeks away from only the 110th anniversary of man’s powered flight. This first  flight, just a little over a century ago, lasted a whole 12 seconds and they traveled 120 feet. Just to put that in perspective, 120 feet (36 meters) is about a third of the length of a typical football field or in Canadian terms, about half a hockey rink. Now think back to my comment about Chris Hadfield circling our planet in 90 minutes. Look at how far we have come in so little time.

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A special beer for a new aircraft carrier

This Saturday, about 100 miles back up the road, they are christening a new aircraft carrier and to celebrate the event a Michigan Brewery has come out with a new label. The beer will be on tap this week in many bars in the Newport News Virginia area and available in bottles as well. The question is do we turn back north instead of south to partake in this event?The answer is no, we do not. I will instead, when I’m next in a Total Wine, I will buy something appropriate and have my own little celebration. Perhaps you can join me. (I’m thinking you here Rick)

For my quote today I thought something covering both flying and beer would be proper but as so often happens in my world, I got a little sidetracked and decided to use this one instead:
That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.- Charles Bukowskoi, courtesy She’s got a bunch more beer quotes you would probably enjoy and lots of small brewery information as well.

Safe travels everyone.