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Approaching Elba - Italian Cruising Episodes 3
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Posted By: Nickens, Dan
Date Posted: Nov 6, 2017
Description: Stuck on deck. Again.
Date Taken: Sept. 20, 2017
Place Taken: Amalfi, Italy
Owner: Nickens, Dan
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Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Overnight SuRi relocated to Amalfi from Portofino. The morning sunrise wasn't clothed in hope for SeaRey flying.      Attachments:  

Amalfi Sunrise 6826
Amalfi Sunrise 6826


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Even after the rain moved on it left in its wake SeaRey eating waves.      Attachments:  

Rough Stuff 6824
Rough Stuff 6824


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Well, if you're going to be stuck somewhere, at least there was pleasant scenery.      Attachments:  

Off Amalfi 6905
Off Amalfi 6905


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Why is it that an idle pilot is so susceptible to tasking? "Please take the guest mail ashore." Fine.      Attachments:  

Beachside 6956
Beachside 6956


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Now what? How am I suppose to find a post office in a place with no English signs?      Attachments:  

Amalfi Square 6938
Amalfi Square 6938


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Finally a map! It wasn't really helpful.      Attachments:  

Municipal Map 6940
Municipal Map 6940


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    At least it wasn't a particularly big town. And, bonus: the post office was located at beach level!      Attachments:  

Hill Housing 6932
Hill Housing 6932


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    Finally! Beautiful weather and an island (Ponza) to block the wind. We were parked near the port so the Captain contacted the harbor master to borrow a cup of his harbor for the SeaRey.      Attachments:  

Launching Ponza 1673
Launching Ponza 1673


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    We were cleared to operate......minimum of 1 km from shore! What! Outside the protected water! Fine.      Attachments:  

Long Taxi 7091
Long Taxi 7091


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    At least the long taxi allowed time to sightsee.      Attachments:  

Shore Reflections 7099
Shore Reflections 7099


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Sure enough, outside the protected harbor the waves gathered again. Fine. I will not be denied flight!      Attachments:  

Not to Close 7045
Not to Close 7045


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    The arc of Ponza is actually the rim of a giant cauldera. It's easy to visualize from SeaRey atitudes.      Attachments:  

Caldera Arc 7127
Caldera Arc 7127


    
  
Don Maxwell - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    One of several ancient calderas in the area--according to an article in a recent, um, Scientific American, maybe? Well, something I read, anyway. The thesis was that a caldera north or east of Napoli, recently discovered by satellite photography, is fixin' to blow up again some century soon. Or somepin' of that sort.     
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    The town of Ponza is on the west side of the island.      Attachments:  

Ponza Downtown 7069
Ponza Downtown 7069


    
  
Carr, Frank  - Nov 07   Viewers  | Reply
    Funny that with all that rock and those buildings, there's still some beach.
Great photography Dan.
    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    I didn't mind not getting to see the town up close on the ground because I could see it from up high and there was a little less chance of losing guests.      Attachments:  

Uptown 7072
Uptown 7072


    
  
Carr, Frank  - Nov 07   Viewers  | Reply
    No signs of any runways here.     
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Out on the western point it wasn't hard to see the volcanic signs.      Attachments:  

Lighthouse Point 7102
Lighthouse Point 7102


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Ponza isn't an isolated place. Palmarola is a nicely mostly uninhabited island just to the north.      Attachments:  

Island North 7136
Island North 7136


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    The little island had several interesting satellites, complete with crags and coves. Ponza is "The most Beautiful Island in the Mediterranean Sea," said Jacques Cousteau.      Attachments:  

Points of Land 7144
Points of Land 7144


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    The little island offered protected water for sailboats and SeaRey splashes....except that 500m offshore it was not so nicely protected.      Attachments:  

Protected Parking 7151
Protected Parking 7151


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Back in the harbor at Ponza a shift in wind gave me a long taxi back to SuRi past the town.      Attachments:  

Ponza 7162
Ponza 7162


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    Nice arches. Old sea caves now civilized?      Attachments:  

Ponza Arches 7160
Ponza Arches 7160


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    The natural scenery was every bit as interesting as the old Roman ruins.      Attachments:  

Ponza Stack 1681
Ponza Stack 1681


    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 05   Viewers  | Reply
    An Italian seaplane guru had warned me about the Caribinieri. "They won't understand what you're up to. Just be polite and get away from them."

"No parking for seaplane here tonight!" they said.
I was polite. "No worries. I park on the boat at night."
"See Captain."
"Sure." I dutifully went off in search of the Captain.
He returned to the Caribineri. "No Captain. Caps. We want caps."
Aha! All it took was enough SuRi hats for all the water police to make it right.
     Attachments:  

Looking for Caps 1684
Looking for Caps 1684


    
  
Ken Leonard - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    When I was on duty in Itally, two of our G.I.s made the error of not stopping for a pair of Caribinieri sitting in lawn chairs on the
side of the road with a small hand carried sign. (They didn't read Italian). It said stop. They stopped after their tires were sprayed
by Uzis. No kidding. Try returning THAT rental car.
    
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    These guys were pretty gruff, Ken, but I didn't spot any Uzis. Nevertheless I was happy to leave and send the Captain in to deal with them.     
  
Don Maxwell - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    Dan, does Suri's Secret Stealth Searey carry bombs under the struts--almost visible in the top photo, with yellow pool noodles disguising them? Or are those "hard points" for the wing folding mechanism? Or spare parts in case of plastic rudder pedal bushing failure? Or... what?     
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    Those cover up back scratchers, Don. When the SeaRey is fouling the deck no one can get to the back of the boat without ducking under it's wings. There are brackets on the struts for attaching the wing stand. Without the yellow noodles there would be a lot of crew scaring.     
  
Don Maxwell - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    Ah. I see. But, Dan, your explanation would be soooo much more credible if you just admitted that they're machine gun mounts.     
  
Nickens, Dan - Nov 06   Viewers  | Reply
    One must be cognizant of local sensibilities, Don. What would the Caribinieri say if they knew we were prepared to repel invaders by aerial means outgunning their air force?     
  
D'Angelo, Kevin - Nov 07   Viewers  | Reply
    great picture tour- will come in handy the next time I fly my Searey to Italy     
  
Bill Brown - Nov 12   Viewers  | Reply
    I totally agree with all that the pictures are outstanding. Having been there along that coast by car was breathtaking and I
can't even imagine how great it would be to see it from Dans' vantage point. Also found out today that all this is dated and
that Suri has moved to far-away places since. In my computer Suri moves more like a jetliner. Thanks for the posts and
pictures Dan.
    
  
Robert Richardson IV - Nov 17 (Fri)   Viewers  | Reply
    I guess an Italian SeaRey Squadron is not in the future ;—)     


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