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Cemetery - Rugby, Tennessee

Baltimore - Edgar Allan Poe memorial

Baltimore - Poe's original grave site

Charleston SC - Family plot

Shirley Heights, Antigua - To those who died far from home

At least they have a nice view

These guys face it every day - some of the shortest runways...

Tombstone - Statia

Crushed Schoolbus - Dominica

Crushed Schoolbus - Dominica

Crushed Schoolbus - Dominica

Cruz Bay, St John, USVI - One of the strangest markers I've...


Got your attention, didn't it??? I know I have a few ghouls along for the tour.

Unfortunately, 2 dead-stinations were sidetracked due to hurricanes. I missed Grand Turk as a result of an earlier storm, and Force 4 Paloma necessitated a detour from Grand Cayman. You can only try. (I don't really believe that, btw)

One of my usual practices while traveling is checking out the local cemeteries. Somehow I manage to empathize with those who die in a strange place far from home. Wonder why?

Practices certainly vary. Some cemeteries are immaculately cared for, some abandoned; some are in churchyards while those in Saba are found in virtually every yard; many are quite moving, though one stone in Cruz Bay, St John (see final photo) had some interesting comments hand printed into wet cement.

There was also the crushed schoolbus on Dominica. Fortunately no lives were lost.

But there's another reason for this section - flights on small planes into tiny airfields. Check out the following flight simulator video of takeoffs and a landing at the Saba airstrip. The strip is only slightly longer than the deck of an aircraft carrier and the pilots have to pass stringent testing to qualify to fly in and out of Saba.

http://www.flightsimulatorguide.com/videos/details.php?file=20

Another interesting spot to fly into is St Barths. Personally I took the ferry but did watch the planes land from the same spot where this humorous U Tube video was shot.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1323943/

Lots of praise for the great pilots of WinAir!

But is an eight passenger, fifty year old Britten Norman Islander really safe. Only the pilot and I know for sure.

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