Searching for a place to land

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”

A semi-fictional blimping tale

“Man, we’re way out here with this airfield aren’t we?  I thought we were going to Atlantic City, not the Pine Barrens.”

“By air it’s only about fifteen or twenty minutes away, it just takes forever to get here by road because of all the backroads and having to take the Parkway since there’s a bridge being replaced, it got blown out by the Hurricane last year, there will be other airfields further from the hotel.  Sometimes it’s almost an hour each way.  Now that the Mast’s up look around for any obstacles for the ship or the ground crew when we go to land it.”

“That’s horrible, at least we’re working eights right now.  I’ll go look between here and that taxiway.  How much fence do they have here anyway?”

“I know, I know.  Those are pretty horrible, especially on night watch.  There was a guy a couple years ago who actually bought a small tent and slept at the field for those watches.  Just try and keep your mind on the money you’re saving living on the road.  As to fence I don’t think they have any on the forest side, just up by the road.”

“The money is good.  Having to share a motel room with twin beds with another dude, not so much.  HEY! Come have a look at this! “

“What is it? A big hole again like that one up in Monmouth?”

“No, it’s a cactus! You ever heard of cactuses in New Jersey before?”

“Can’t say that I ever have nope.  You’re from Texas, you know what sort it is?”

“I’m from Houston man, there may be some around but I’ve never seen them.  Just people and highways there.”

“Well, as long as no one actually falls I don’t see it as a threat.  It’s not big enough to damage the landing gear.  Pretty yellow flower.  Once the ships on the mast take a photo, no harm in finding out what sort it is.”

“Hey, speaking of Monmouth, when are we going through there next?  We really need to get to Asbury Park….”

Believe it or not the eastern prickly pear is native to southern New Jersey.  This particular specimen was found at Woodbine Muni Airport in 2013.

Believe it or not the eastern prickly pear is native to southern New Jersey. This particular specimen was found at Woodbine Muni Airport in 2013.

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