Boone County Regional Airport is just down the road from our campground. We don’t fly anywhere, so we really have no reason to visit the one-runway strip, though we did rent a truck there before Mercy joined the family.
Late this afternoon we headed out in the SilverSilverado to pick up dinner, Smudge in tow. Acting on an impulse I turned onto the airport road — it was a beautiful day, the field is situated on a high point (1,365 feet AMSL), and I figured it’d be a worthwhile detour.
We weren’t disappointed. Beyond the runway in the distance we could see the highest points in Boone County (2,250 feet AMSL) and Carroll County (2,312 feet AMSL). And that sky….
After lingering in the airport parking lot for a bit, we continued down through the adjacent industrial park. Off to our left we were treated to a clear view of three peaks in the Upper Boston Mountains — Boat, Pilot and Sulphur — that we see from US Route 62 each time we return from The Mountain.
The spontaneous side trip cost us just ten minutes. We were rewarded with sights we wouldn’t’ve seen otherwise. We took pictures. It proved again what I’ve been saying for a while now: Slow down. Take the time.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.