2008 Albany NY

Lest it not be evident to even the most casual observer, the reason I like traveling with Bruce is that every day is like Christmas or Hanukkah. You wake up early to open your presents. With Bruce, the presents are numerous and wonderful. This trip has a number of activities that are “firsts” (although these occur frequently with a BNEA event) and we learned a lot. We met in Albany after a show week and here are the photos and descriptions.

Let me also say that the Albany and upstate New York area is very weird. We were looking for a street in Woodstock and couldn’t find it. We couldn’t find anything in Woodstock. When we stopped for directions, Bruce said to a guy, “Nobody knows anything around here!” The guy said, “Welcome to Woodstock.”

Then we stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts thinking we could find something to eat. We asked Ashley if she could direct us to a restaurant where we could get a pastrami sandwich. She said, “What’s pastrami?” Needless to say, we laughed, and laughed, and laughed… ! Oh, my god… I’m laughing as I write this!

The Albany Government Complex

This started out as a trip to the Corning Tower observation deck. It was a portent to the rest of the trip which consisted of a BNEA Georgia style search for everything using obscure maps. The Corning Tower is interesting because it is in the middle of the State of New York Government complex. There are some interesting buildings and architecture.


Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Show and Plane Crash
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The newspaper account of the crash

Bruce started the conversation about our Albany plans with the comment, “I’ve come up with what will be the most interesting thing we’ve ever done! I sure hope you like it.” For weeks afterward, he wouldn’t tell me what it was although he finally broke down and said, “We’re taking a ride in an open cockpit biplane.” I really was looking forward to this since, in all the years I’ve flown, I’ve never been in a plane like this.

We went to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome with high anticipation and I was not disappointed, although Bruce was underwhelmed. Unfortunately, at the conclusion of the air show later that day, a pilot was killed when his plane crashed about three blocks from the field. The story is still interesting and the photos tell the story.

Aerodrome crash claims pilot’s life – By Kyle Wind, Freeman staff – 08/18/2008