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For Those Of You Freezing Up North!  
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

It was cold here in Houston yesterday. Day started off at around 38F and since I had the day off thought I would take a little day trip. So here a few pictures of my day trip to Cancun. Hopefully it will warm the cockles of your hearts and give you cheer that spring is not too far around the corner!

Flew down on CO 464. Not a seat to be had in the back so I had to cockpit jumpseat and lo and behold it was ship 416, a 900ER, one of the newest in the fleet! No crushed coffee cups or old charts fell out of the jumpseat when I folded it down and locked it into place! Everything was clean as a whistle, the paint on the dash wasn't chipped, even the little decals on the knobs were there! The nav display had a new wrinkle, not only would it give you the standard God's eye view of the route but also a horizontal display that would show the angle of climb, waypoints as you passed them, and would give a red area showing terrain and angle of climb to clear. It would also show if you were below the MEA, MOCA, or MRA for a given sector. But enough of the techno talk. Approach into Cancun was fun, vectored into a 100 degree turn to intercept the ILS,whatup wit dat? Very gusty cross wind made the short final real work for the captain. The landing was firm but right on the centerline and with the wind blowing the way it was, I would not have wanted to try it even in a sim.

Never having been to Cancun before I was thankful that the FO had and explained I had my choice of transportation to the town, expensive, and ridiculously expensive. I give the Mexicans credit. They know when they have a fish on the hook and how to play it! 50 bucks for a cab ride or 12 for a minivan. I took the 12 buck option. I'm sure there must be a city bus that goes out that way but I didn't have time to investigate where to find it. Not all of those airport workers must own a car. The scenery from the airport to to the beaches was nothing to write home about. Fortunately it is a short trip since not only was there no real scenery to look at but a woman in the back of the van was doing her best to keep up the traditional belief that all Americans are boorish. So I asked to be dropped at the beach and the driver obliged!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture005.jpg

The wind was really blowing down by the water. Had to be a steady 25mph with gusts to 35mph. Right off the water too so the waves were stacking up. I haven't seen surf like this since I was out at the north shore of Oahu. The red flags were flying! But even with the wind the temp was perfect at around 80F.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture019.jpg

But even all the warnings didn't stop at least one idiot from thinking he was bullet proof. Rather than find a nice spot to cozy on up to his girlfriend he was seriously contemplating going out into the surf. There are rocks all along the surf line and farther out I'm sure under water. Not the place to be getting tossed about by angry waves!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture008.jpg

I decided to leave before he got into trouble and I got stupid trying to save him.

Farther down the beach, a hotel bar with swings for seats! Thankfully for the bar the sand is soft.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture014.jpg

I was surprised at how narrow the beach is. In some spots no more than 20-30 feet wide. The surf on this day would run all the way up to the hotel foundations.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture016.jpg

But even though it was rough, it was still a beautiful color!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture018.jpg

If the beach was too rough for you, there was always the hotel pool to retreat too. I saw several very interesting ones this is just a sample.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/Picture021.jpg

Didn't make it all the way downtown as I was only on the ground for 4 hours when you discount arrival and departure prep time. I started thinking on my way back I should have gone there first since that shoreline would have been on the lee side of the wind and the beaches would have probably been a little nicer. Oh well next time. No new 900ER on the way back. It was a trusty 300 and there were plenty of seats available in the back. That was good since after all that walking I was tired. Had the row to my self so I stretched out. Hope the pictures warm you popsicle's up a little. It was a fun day indeed, thanks for coming along!

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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Bloody unfair, showing us such a warm & sandy climate, when I'm stuck in a place that's too southernly for snow in the winter & too northerly for any decent summer weather (as in: It's grey, cold and windy)  hissyfit   Wink

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1714 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
Hopefully it will warm the cockles of your hearts and give you cheer that spring is not too far around the corner!

Bastard  grumpy  - I know you only post these things to annoy me !

It looks very pleasant, I hope you at least had time for a large multicoloured drink with an umbrella and a sparkler in, as is customary.

Spring seems pretty far away even here on the "sunny" (ha-bloody-ha) Cote d'Azur - it's cold and grey today. Oh well, in a weeks time I'm off to Siberia - it'll probably be warmer there than here.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1707 times:



Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 2):
Spring seems pretty far away even here on the "sunny" (ha-bloody-ha) Cote d'Azur - it's cold and grey today. Oh well, in a weeks time I'm off to Siberia - it'll probably be warmer there than here.

.. but will it have the traffic jams of the D559?  Wink

(That is my biggest memory of the Cote d'Azur - being stuck in a queue on the D559 from St-Aygulf all the way to St Tropez Big grin)


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1704 times:



Quoting CPH-R (Reply 3):
.. but will it have the traffic jams of the D559?

(That is my biggest memory of the Cote d'Azur - being stuck in a queue on the D559 from St-Aygulf all the way to St Tropez )

Hehe - serves you right ! Anyone who drives to Saint Trop in the summer is asking for trouble.

I expect the traffic will be lighter in Tyumen, but with more combine harvesters.  Smile


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1704 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
So I asked to be dropped at the beach and the driver obliged!

Hell, now you have the right idea!!! Thanks for sharing your pics they sure are amazing and to even think about a beach right now makes me melt. We here in Toronto, Ontario are under a storm watch and have already received at least 15cm of snow with at least that much more throughout the day and into tomorrow. I guess that's why they say we live in the "Great White North".

Thanks again and have fun!!!

Vaporlock  bouncy 


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1702 times:



Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 2):
It looks very pleasant, I hope you at least had time for a large multicoloured drink with an umbrella and a sparkler in, as is customary.

Yes, I did, although I had to make it a non-alcoholic one. Never know when you might have to sit up front and there was no provision in my plans for bottle to throttle time. Surprisingly, I didn't even see one topless woman while I was traipsing around the beach and pool areas either. Considering that spring break is underway here in the states, most of those hotels were surprisingly empty by the looks of things.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1702 times:



Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 2):
Bastard  grumpy  - I know you only post these things to annoy me !

Get in line!!!  grumpy 

Nice pics my friend . . .

It's +23F here in Glennallen today . . . soon, soon . . . summer comes  biggrin 


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1702 times:



Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 5):
We here in Toronto, Ontario are under a storm watch and have already received at least 15cm of snow with at least that much more throughout the day and into tomorrow. I guess that's why they say we live in the "Great White North".

I can believe that, I was playing around with Flight Sim earlier today & using real world weather it was darn near impossible to see anything due to snow Big grin


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1665 times:



Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 5):
I guess that's why they say we live in the "Great White North".

But it's a lot of fun having winters. Last night down here in Windsor around 3am I got a call from some friends who wanted to go out to the school nearby and play football in the snow. There's nothing like playing football in the dead of night while it's snowing.

Although going to Cancun for the day would be nice, I don't think I could trade the frigid cold winters.


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

Neil, hey I love the snow as well. There are so many different things you can do to have fun.

Here are a few pics I just took off our balcony.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/IMG_7636.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/IMG_7635.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/IMG_7630.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/IMG_7627.jpg

The wind is howling and the snow is still falling and this storm is going to continue into Sunday!!

Vaporlock  bouncy 


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1630 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
It's +23F here in Glennallen today . . . soon, soon . . . summer comes

...when it will reach a balmy, sultry +27F ! Oooh, toasty.

 biggrin 


User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Nice to see all that water! It's not even the driest part of the day here yet and look at the humidity:



It'll likely get down to 1% later today.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

The winter 2007-08 was the warmest ever measured in Finland.
In Southern-Finland it was cloudy, wet, no snow - the worst kind of winter.

In Helsinki the winter arrived in Mars, but the snow won't last long...:




[Edited 2008-03-08 11:16:55]

User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

OK....I know when I posted earlier this morning we had a storm going through Toronto, Ontario. But what gives? It has been snowing all day and it is now 9:35 pm and it is still snowing. I love winter but I hope this ends soon.

Here are a few more pics.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/snow2-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/IMG_7642.jpg

This is a shot of off our balcony of the parking lot below. We have received several feet of snow and it just keeps falling!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/snow.jpg

Vaps  bouncy 


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1525 times:



Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 14):
It has been snowing all day and it is now 9:35 pm and it is still snowing. I love winter but I hope this ends soon.

The landscape company I work for back there in Toronto called around 3pm and asked if I could make it back from Windsor to help them out but they've shut down the 401 near Windsor so there's no chance I'm making it back to the big T.O. today.

Those pictures sure look nice though.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21129 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1517 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
It was cold here in Houston yesterday.

No it wasn't. It was very nice in Houston yesterday.

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 10):
Neil, hey I love the snow as well. There are so many different things you can do to have fun.

I love winter, and I'm well starved of it living in Florida. It is far to early in the year to need air conditioning in ones car.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

its been freezing here since october, what's the problem?

It is still march, we still got a good 2 months of possible blizzard weather here.


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1500 times:



Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 15):
Those pictures sure look nice though.

Well, Mr Spaceman and I just went for a drive to get a Tim Hortons...lmao

The main roads have been cleared but the side streets are a mess.

Ah....winter is truly beautiful!

Vaps  bouncy 


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

AIRPORT STATUS INFORMATION
provided by the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Real-time Status
The status information provided on this site indicates general airport conditions; it is not flight-specific. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.
Due to SNOW AND ICE, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) was closed as of Mar 08 at 11:45 AM EST. The date/time when the airport is expected to reopen is Mar 09 at 07:00 AM EDT.



God this thread sucks the big one.......


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1486 times:



Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 19):
God this thread sucks the big one.......

Hey....great to see ya here!!!!

I understand about the bummer due to the a/p being closed.

Winter is almost over and hopefully this will be the last storm!!!

I do love the snow.....it's so beautiful to see everything in a blanket of white!

Vaps  bouncy 


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1483 times:



Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 17):
its been freezing here since october, what's the problem?

lol, I remember living in "Winterpeg"....it was the coldest place I've ever been in the winter!!!

Your right, you do have lots of winter left!!! hehe

Vaps  bouncy 


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

Look on the bright side-baseball Opening Day in Cleveland is only 23 days away!!

Nice to see you, too, Phyl! Surviving the Winter Wonderland, with my usual good humor! Better to laugh than cry!


User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Glad ya had a good time, but really . . .

Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
It was cold here in Houston yesterday.

I had the TAF's up everywhere - and cold wasn't IAH, buddy.

Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
So here a few pictures of my day trip to Cancun.

Yep, rub 'er in.   

[Edited 2008-03-08 20:49:01]

User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1469 times:



Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 22):
Nice to see you, too, Phyl! Surviving the Winter Wonderland, with my usual good humor! Better to laugh than cry!

Hey, you always make me laugh!!! Hope all is well with you!

Vaps  bouncy 


25 Post contains images Mortyman : I was on the island of Cozumel in the Mexico gulf, back in 1988. Beutiful place Don't know what it's like today. Back then it was a pretty sleepy isla
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Wow, now that is what I call global warming, if the winter turned up on the wrong planet Very nice and incredibly tempting pics RJdxer - how long is
27 BR715-A1-30 : I concur You aren't gonna be long, are ya ANC? I REALLY gotta go!
28 Post contains images LHboyatDTW : Might as well of how much I wish I was in the Florida Keys spending my break than staying at home and only being in Chicago for three days
29 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : Fantastic shots, really looks beautiful down there. Glad you got to enjoy yourself, I'm sure work can be pretty stressing at times, but those flight b
30 Post contains images JGPH1A : Pfftt. He only says it is to make it seems like he deserves those flying perks. Oh please... fill the tank, kick the tyres, make sure the duct tape h
31 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : Perhaps he can make the self-loading cargo with your crown of jewels move into his office. Of course anyone with an ounce of taste will recognize thy
32 JGPH1A : Off with his head !
33 Post contains images RJdxer : I can smell the envy from 1500 miles away. Maybe if the city could keep the damn airport open you could make the trip yourself! I talked with a frien
34 Post contains images JGPH1A : It's hell, I tell you - why I almost chipped a nail the other day reaching into my wallet to tip the bellboy. Oh the humanity. And most of the time,
35 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Allow me. I've wanted to use this for a long time, and well . . . now I can: . . . . Back down to a balmy 21F this morning. Now that's more like it.
36 JGPH1A : Mai-tais by the pool, anyone ? Where is the boy with that lounger ?
37 Post contains images ANCFlyer : I did that, three weeks ago . . . Maui . . . 80 degrees every day. I'd post a picture, but I wouldn't want to scare anyone . . .
38 Post contains images SNCntry32 : There have been days where its been warmer in ANC then it has been in Minnesota, and I am talking in March still
39 Post contains images Fiatstilojtd : Why, no cap ?   In Siberia you at least won't need ice cubes  [Edited 2008-03-09 08:46:55]
40 Post contains images JGPH1A : Thank you for your consideration
41 Post contains links and images ANCFlyer : Nope, hat was there . . . it's the shark bait legs that'll scare you . . . and unlike my friend JGPH1A, I DO have consideration that some people may
42 JGPH1A : The rest of you isn't exactly an oil painting either ! I suppose we can't all be young and beautiful, more's the pity. Youf mai-tai has no umbrella i
43 Post contains images KevinL1011 : Here's why... There's always one who has to ruin it for everybody else....pity.
44 JGPH1A : One anticipates perfection - one feels entitled. :-P
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