Seaplane Fly-in with the Schiffli Family
Last year we attended the Seaplane Fly-in later in the afternoon so we did not see many planes. This year, especially with Bryan starting the process to receive his pilot’s license, we wanted to make sure we arrived early enough to see all the action! The event began at 8 am at Pokagon State Park at the Potawatomi Inn beach on Lake James and we arrived less than an hour later. I was pleasantly surprised by how many seaplanes were on display, flying, landing and taking off! Bryan and I thought it was absolutely spectacular. I was used to seeing one type of seaplane, but there were several different types at the event. It was neat to see the differences and the varying sizes of the planes. Emi was very interested in the planes but MaKenzy was a little unsure of them and held onto Bryan pretty tightly at first. A water “landing strip” was marked off with buoys and there was a ramp on the beach made from wood and metal plates. Every once in a while a plane would land on the water and then move to the Potawatomi Inn front lawn to park so everyone could see the plane up close. The Indiana Seaplane Pilot’s Association had a tent set up with items for ssale and had a free raffle drawing for seaplane rides. The girls were both really excited by the mini foam seaplane from the Steuben County Tourism Bureau. The four of us started to get hungry so we went into the Potawatomi Inn and had a great breakfast at the buffet in the historic dining room. After we finished breakfast we made our way back down to the beach to see more seaplanes. It was a lot busier than before breakfast! We walked around some more and took a closer look at some of the planes and Emi played in the sand at the beach. We made sure we stuck around to listen to them draw numbers for free seaplane rides. Unfortunately we din’t win one, but there were a lot of lucky winners. It was an amazing event that included something that a lot of us don’t get to see all the time and we all greatly enjoyed it. The Seaplane Fly-in is held the last Sunday every September.