Flight Training - November 2014 - 23

St. Johns is one of the increasingly rare
small airports that still offer full-service
fuel. Airport manager Gary Liston had
just serviced the Flying Carpet when Mike
Teeple arrived in his pickup truck.
Mike and his wife, Christine, originally
moved to eastern Arizona to build vacation-home developments. They planted
decorative lavender as part of their first
project, and when it flourished they cultivated more. To their surprise, the area's
high grasslands proved to be among the
best places in the world to grow lavender,
and the rest is history. With the farm firmly
established, they're now adding a vineyard.
The lavender business takes Mike all
over the country. So when he mentioned
his dad flew Air Force B-52s, I asked if
he'd considered becoming a pilot himself
to ease travel from remote Concho. (It's
a four-hour drive to the nearest cities of
Phoenix or Albuquerque.)
"I did in the past," he replied. "When
a bunch of my friends became pilots, I
should have joined them. But I missed the
opportunity." Hopefully he'll reconsider.
Launching homeward I again circled
the ranch, seeking the sheen of shimmering lavender from the air. But despite
newly arrived sunshine, harvesting was
apparently complete and the only splash
of color was a single vivid bush beckoning
from the farmyard.
No matter, the glow on Jean's face when
I returned home was brighter than any
blossoms. What's more, her fellow gardeners seemed as excited about the exotic
aerial transport as the plants themselves.
I soon found myself texting lavenderentering-the-baggage-compartment and
lavender-farm-from-the-air photos to half
the gardening club.
My one error was underestimating the
power of these aromatic plants. Hardly
had I delivered my precious cargo when
Jean began receiving "Do you have more
seedlings?" requests. The next time I visit
Mike, I'll fill the Flying Carpet to brimming with fragrant, colorful lavender.
Greg Brown is an aviation author, photographer,
and former National Flight Instructor of the Year
(www.gregbrownflyingcarpet.com).

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