16 Jun 2012 / by Pilot Michael / in Pilot Michael
Looking Through a New Set Of Glasses
Living in Southern California is a treat. The weather is amazing, the beaches are incredible and the availability of outdoor recreation is much more than most people know. There are many reasons why millions of people choose to live here. We live in a very urban environment and there are some things we give up in order to live here. This weekend my wife and I took the Columbia 400 for a flight to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a weekend of relaxing and hiking. It is only a 90 min flight from Los Angeles, and I don’t know why we don’t do it every weekend in the summer. Upon landing and opening up the airplane door, it is immediately apparent that we are no longer in Los Angeles. The sky is clear, and is actually a different color blue. Everything appears so crisp that it is like looking through a new set of glasses. We spent the weekend around Mammoth and Yosemite and were confronted with countless reasons to get out of Los Angeles more frequently. While driving through Yosemite, we came upon an unexpected traffic jam. This wasn’t an ordinary traffic jam as people were out of their cars and the road completely shutdown. We decided to pull off the road and go on an impromptu hike. We walked past a mile long line of cars, and everybody appeared happy. Not once did I hear a horn blow nor did I hear one person shout with anger. People just enjoyed the fresh air and blue sky. Some people basked in the sun while others setup lawn chairs to read another chapter of their favorite book. Others, like us, took the opportunity to go for a hike. What a breath of fresh air.
We live in a big city because it provides us opportunities that would not otherwise be available. I wish everyone that lives in a big city could get out to experience nature from time to time and refresh their prospective on life. Maybe then, they would give a count of two before laying on their horn upon returning home.