Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

The Writer's Pen

A Different View of My World

If you live in this part of northwest Iowa, there is a good chance you have seen a parachute plane.

The colorful chute is readily recognized with its brilliant colors including red, yellow, blue, black, orange and more. The plane has a sleek fuselage with equally bright colors. When describing it, my wife affectionately refers to it as a flying dune buggy.

Flying has never been a favorite pastime of mine, and the idea of being off the ground in an open-sided plane initially had no appeal to me. Of all the things I still want to do in my life, flying in a parachute plane was not on my bucket li...

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