Today while out and about, looking for property to buy, Eddie and I apparently came across the Skydiving Mecca of Wayne County, Indiana.
Among the many places we looked at, we were searching for a particular piece of seven acres for sale but couldn't find it. Armed only with an aerial photo, we decided to stop into the local airport, figuring these people if anyone, know aerial. We thought they might recognize the parcel since they probably fly over it all the time.
We stepped into the hangar where everyone was congregating, armed with the photo and our questions. We were greeted right away and directed into the office for more information. Everyone in the place was SO nice; and fun!!! The owner, a vivacious, cute little blond, has been in the skydiving business her whole life, going back as far as the 1940's when her grandfather owned a local airport. Her Dad was into skydiving and as she said, she was "born into it."
They spent a crazy amount of time helping us find this piece of land; they had out their laptops, downloaded Google Earth to check the aerials and called upon other people in their outfit to weigh in with their knowledge of the area. We felt like we were taking up so much of their time and it got to the point where I felt like they were going too far out of their way to be polite, but they kept saying it wasn't a problem and that they weren't busy that afternoon, so they didn't mind at all helping out. I was thinking, man, if they give that much attention to strangers, imagine how they treat their skydive clients!
This whole group of people were so warm and down to earth, even inviting us to come back and join them for a few beers at the end of their day, that I might even consider jumping out of a plane just to hang out with them!
OK, maybe that's a little extreme, but Eddie and I will definitely be visiting this place again. Maybe we can talk them into a little trade; "I'll give you a ride in my truck if you give me a ride in your plane..."