About that Time the Hubs Flew Us to the Bahamas…

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About that Time the Hubs Flew Us to the Bahamas…

The hubs checked off a bucket list item when we went flying to the Bahamas this past weekend!

General Aviation Flying to the Bahamas, Marsh Harbor Airport

Hi guys!

There is something I’ve been wanting to write about for a long time on Running in a Skirt.

The hubs’ hobby is general aviation and he is a single-engine airplane pilot.

I shied away from talking about it for so long because I felt like you guys would think it was too crazy or you would think I was trying to be too fancy and turn away.  Because before I understood general aviation, I thought the same things.  I thought NORMAL people don’t fly their own planes… that’s nuts.  I even told the hubs on our first date that I would NEVER fly with him.

Never say never, my friends… 🙂

Flying to the Bahamas

We fly a very small, very unglamorous, late 1970’s model Cessna 210.  We share ownership of it – which cost less than most cars/trucks today.  There is no air conditioning, no bathroom, it is pretty cramped and there is honestly nothing fancy about it.

But it is an excellent, safe and relatively fast airplane that gets us where we want to go in much less time than driving.  AND it is actually safer than being on the road.

Cessna 210 Cockpit

The hubs is the most methodical, organized person on the planet and if anyone should be a pilot, he should.

Flying is a big part of both of our lives now, and although I am NOT a pilot (I’m WAY too scatterbrained!) a love of general aviation is something we share.  I use my meteorology skills to make sure we are flying in safe conditions.  A pilot and meteorologist is the perfect general aviation match!

I don’t intend to make Running in a Skirt a flying blog, but I do want to share tidbits here and there when there is something as share-worthy as this.  I really hope you simply find it as interesting as we do.

Julie Wunder Flying

So that brings me to the actual point of this post…

Our little beach vacation last weekend was a trip to the Bahamas!  AND the hubs actually flew us there.

This is our last glimpse of the Florida coast before heading out over the Atlantic at 10,000 feet.

Flying to the Bahamas - Florida coast

The hubs has been planning this trip for years and it was a bucket list item for him, equivalent to us runners finishing a marathon.

While we have flown all over the east coast and even to Key West, we had never flown out of the country before or over open water for so long.  Just the paperwork alone involved in the trip was a bit daunting!

But the Hubs has been studying plans and charts all year in hopes that we would find a time to go soon. And we finally did!

Flying to the Bahamas Ipad Chart

It took us about 2 1/2 hours to reach Orlando where we spent the night with Pops.  The next day it took another 30 minutes to reach the coast and just under an hour in the air to reach the rich blue waters of the Bahamas.

Flying to the Bahamas, Blue Waters

Our destination in flying to the Bahamas was the Marsh Harbor airport in the Abaco island chain of the Bahamas.  From there we planned to take a ferry boat to Hope Town, Elbow Cay for the long weekend.

Flying to Bahamas, March Harbor

After a lot of planning and anticipation our flight was relatively uneventful.

Flying to the Bahamas, Elbow Cay, Hope Town

We landed smoothly at the Marsh Harbor airport and I gave the hubs a 10! for an excellent landing.

I rate all of his landings and he always gets at least a 9 for taking me to the beach!

Flying to the Bahamas, Marsh Harbor Airport

Check out this GoPro Video the Hubs made of the flight including the landing.


We climbed out of the plane and we were in the muggy and tropical Bahamas!

Flying to the Bahamas, Cessna 210 Marsh Harbor Airport

What an amazing ride and trip!  Flying to the Bahamas is something many general aviation pilots dream of, but never have the chance to do.  We are so incredibly blessed!

Flying to the Bahamas, Cessna 210 Marsh Harbor Airport

Once we landed we got a taxi to the dock.  Next stop Elbow Cay and Hope Town, which is a tiny island with mainly golf carts and bikes running up and down the streets.

I’ll pick up our vacation story from there in an upcoming post.  But just for a little teaser… it includes the most AMAZING sunsets, fresh seafood, pink sand beaches and views like this…

Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, Hope Town

I hope you all had a magical weekend too.  I hope you all enjoy my flying story as much as I did!

Find out how the rest of our trip to Hope Town in the Bahamas went HERE!

And of course, have a Marvelous Monday! Thanks for the linkup Katie.  I’m also linking up with A Compass Ross for Travel Tuesday.

Your turn!

Have you ever flown in a small plane?

Have you ever been to the Bahamas?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:10-04:00 August 17th, 2015|Flying, Other International Travel, Travel|64 Comments


  1. […] damaged.  Most of the docks are unusable and 99% of the boats sunk.  The island we land on when we fly in, Marsh Harbor, is the one you’ve seen photos of on the news.  The entire place looks like it […]

  2. […] going to cut it anymore with our even more tender skinned babies.  Since we take our own small plane on these trips, we are very limited in the amount of stuff we can bring and how much it weighs.  […]

  3. […] We woke up with the sun Thursday to start our flight down to the Bahamas.  By mid-morning, we were saying goodbye to Florida out of the window of our small plane. […]

  4. […] this trip.  We’re traveling with our good friends Dan and Sommer. We arrived late yesterday (the Hubs flew us again) and are planning on taking a boat out today to explore.   I’ll be posting on Instagram […]

  5. Jean August 7, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

    OH wow!!! How special! I wanted to be an airline stewardess way back when. Yes I flew in a 2 seater. I was dating an air force guy who owned a plane. He parked it at the Lantana, Fl airport and he took me flying at 2am. It was such fun, a memory I haven’t forgotten. This was 1954.

    When my friends fly I ask them to take videos or pictures out the window. They often do.

    Congratulations to the Hubs and you too and thanks for sharing.


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  7. […] am also so excited I got the chance to share with you the flying story this month.  Aviation is a big part of my life and NOT talking about it just didn’t seem right […]

  8. […] Today I’m picking up the story of our recent Bahamas trip to the Abaco islands including Elbow Cay Bahamas and Hope Town Harbor Lodge.  If you are just catching up, the highlight of the trip was the Hubs flying us himself! […]

  9. […] continuing my recap of my recent trip to Elbow Cay in the Bahamas.  Find out what happened AFTER the Hubs flew us there himself!  And I promise a fabulous recipe on […]

  10. How cool is this? OMG, you must have been so excited!!!!

  11. Pragati // Simple Medicine August 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    That is so awesome! You guys flew yourself to the Bahamas!

  12. Mary Beth Jackson August 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    congrats!!! you two are a perfect match! sounds like tons of fun to me! I hope you had nice weather, we did for our Marco Island getaway 🙂 this will open a lot of opportunities!

  13. Andrea August 19, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Wow! I always say the first thing I’ll do if I win Powerball is to buy a private jet. So awesome.

    • JulieWunder August 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      I say the same thing! We’d get around a lot faster than our Cessna!

  14. Jacqueline August 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Holy Moly! This is so cool! I love that you can do this, and I would totally want to read more about it (and see those pictures too). As someone who travels all the time and lives in Taiwan, an island you have to fly out of to leave, I wish my husband could fly!!!! I am terrified of flying and hate commercial jets, and we always end up in the biggest ones! I think this is so neat!

    • JulieWunder August 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jacqueline! I really enjoy getting to go lots of places 🙂 I’m hoping to include flying in more of my future travel posts. Great to see you today! I’m heading over to your site to checkout your time in Taiwan- now that’s cool!

  15. jeff August 18, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Wow how cool. Hope u get go beach often or to some cool places on weekends. Tell husband Def like the post. Love meet sometime Biltmore park and eat or walk . Thanks jeff

  16. Danyelle Musselman August 18, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    All I can say is WOW! That is so cool, were you nervous at all?

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I’m pretty used to flying at this point. I’ve a passenger with him since we started dating 6 1/2 years ago. There is something about being over ocean and not land that does make you think though! We had all kinds of water landing safety equipment with us though.

  17. [email protected] August 18, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    My husband’s hobby is finding the cheapest price for an item on Amazon lol. It’s not as exciting as flying, but if it makes him happy! That’s so very rad that you guys got to do something so adventurous. Congrats! 🙂

  18. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes August 18, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Very cool!! Being the wife of an Air Force pilot and a Commercial pilot I totally get it. My hubby made me fly in a small plane like this when we were dating and I totally hated it. He’s never taken me up since. LOL.

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      I didn’t realize that is what your hubby did! I don’t really like to fly around, just to fly around… I’m all about going somewhere! Makes it worth it. We are able to travel SO much more because of it!

  19. […] for your kind words about yesterdays post!  The hubs kept asking me yesterday how many “likes’ he got…. so basically you […]

  20. Luv What You Do August 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    What a fun way to get to the bahamas! We are heading there this weekend! Can’t wait!

  21. Elaine Orr August 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    About 69 yrs ago as a young girl our neighbor took us up in his plane. Unfortunately he was drunk and smoking a cigar and we had to land on a top of a mountain in Henderson County and had to be rescued. Needless to say, when my Mom got to us she was not happy. We forgave him because he had the best cookouts. Memories

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Oh jeesh!!! I promise the Hubs is much more responsible! Glad you guys made it down ok. Sounds like he should not be a pilot, maybe a cook- haha

    • Dan August 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      wow Elaine , that sounds like a scene from the great movie ‘second hand lions’ , one of my favorites , btw 🙂

  22. [email protected] August 17, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Sounds like an amazing trip! How great that your husband can fly an airplane. I have never flown on a plane that small…maybe some day!

  23. Annmarie August 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I think this is awesome! You two really are the perfect match to fly together! <3

  24. Dani @ Dani California Cooks August 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    That is so FUN! My boyfriends’ hobby is boats boats boats and so I’ve learned all about sailing and sea navigation. It’s been wonderful for me to try a lot of new boating activities through him.

  25. Jess @hellotofit August 17, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Perfect match, indeed!! I’m too much of a chicken to willingly agree to fly in a small plane with someone…but like you said: never say never, right?

  26. Susie @ SuzLyfe August 17, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    If by fancy you mean awesome, then OMG YOU ARE SO FANCY. That is SO COOL

  27. Blane Sherer August 17, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Awesome !! I think it’s Kool too that your blog skills and photography skills have improved to where this was a great time to share your and your hubs aviation with us. I know too you always balance that line of how much to include about the hubs in your blog being that he is only the most important person in your life. Loved your blog today Julie !

  28. Emily Smith August 17, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Very cool! Sounds like your “hubs” is an excellent pilot. Although I don’t enjoy flying in small planes, I have taken a Cessna back and forth to the cayes in Belize, where we used to live, many times. It gets less nerve-racking over time if you are a scaredy cat like me. We went to the Abacos (Hope Town and Great Guana Cay) for our 30th anniversary this past May and fell in love with it! Can’t wait to read/see your next post and photos.

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      I bet it’s even more nerve racking in Belize! I’m so glad you got to go to Hope Town too. Very cool place!

  29. Jaime August 17, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    That is so cool!! I have flown in a small plane for work-related things (when I was at the paper.) I don’t do it often, though!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      It’s a lot of fun… and more importantly a way to get to the beach fast 🙂

  30. Jamie August 17, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    SO FUN! Both my parents are licensed pilots and fly Cessna’s. It’s so nice to be able to make a trip a bit shorter by being able to fly. But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of flying with them early on! Haha. It’s a hobby for them as well and definitely not their profession so I still get a little nervous if its been a while.

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Oh cool!! Yes, I’m very spoiled by shorter trips. I’m sure your parents are great pilots!

  31. Wayne Burgess August 17, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Took a helicopter over the grand canyon one time. Just FYI, doctors are the least safe because they’re used to “playing god.” Get overconfident. I think accountants are pretty safe cause they have to be so accurate!

  32. Jessie August 17, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I don’t even have words to describe how amazing this is. I mean goodness gracious! How cool! I mean I’d be scared sh**less riding in a single engine plane, but more power to you guys. You’ve got quite a smart husband.

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      It gets check out and serviced so much that I’m not worried! I do have a smart hubby 🙂

  33. Arminta August 17, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, Julie! Looks like you had a lovely trip down.

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Arminta! It was! You have to come back and see my sunset pictures from the island!!! 🙂

  34. Wow that is exciting! I am the worst flier and I hate small planes. Looks like you two loved it-cute!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Yes! We both have a little adventure spirits! And I REALLY like to go places 🙂

  35. Heather @Fit n Cookies August 17, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wow! That is SO cool! I love that he did all the studying and got you to the beach! Totally jealous 🙂 Except, I wouldn’t be able to go without a bathroom, ha!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Yeah– you drink VERY carefully before you go!!!!

  36. Dan August 17, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Wow ! ! ! That was way cool 🙂

  37. Linda August 17, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Hi Julie. My son is editor of Aviation Consumer Magazine. His name is Larry Anglisano. He’s has many articles and videos on YouTube that your hubs might find interesting. So glad you had a great weekend. And flying—what a great way to go!!! Love reading your blog every day!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Oh! That’s great! I’ll let the Hubs know. He is all about aviation. Thanks for reading the blog! I really appreciate the support!

  38. [email protected] August 17, 2015 at 7:59 am - Reply

    That is so cool! I would have been a nervous wreck the whole time. I hope you guys have fun!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      I’m pretty used to at this point! But there is something about heading out over open water that bring a whole new dimension.

  39. Shelley August 17, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Ok now that was fantastic! (And I don’t even like flying)….loved the video where I got to feel that all important LANDING! Beats the heck out of being married to a race car driver! Not that I am. Mine’s a retired professional firefighter! Ugh! What’s with these men of ours? Ha!

    • JulieWunder August 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Haha! Yes, boys are always looking for that adrenaline rush!

  40. Jenny August 17, 2015 at 5:45 am - Reply

    That’s so awesome, Julie! I took lessons in a very similar Cessna! They’re great little planes and big congrats to your husband–that’s really amazing! And now that he knows the way and everything….you could just hop on back down there…. 😉

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