For those of you old enough to remember, there used to be a TV program called Fantasy Island where the opening sequence featured Hervé Villechaize announcing the incoming passengers with the famous, "The plane! The plane!" line. Well almost the same thing happened here Friday as a plane very similar to the Grumman Widgeon used on the show was taxiing on Clear Lake. Then, moments later it took off and circled around the Featherbed Railroad.
Unlike Fantasy Island, we don't plan our raising our rates to $50,000 for a three-day stay and we can't promise miracles, but we do hope people have a great getaway and we love to assist with planning and coordination. We can make all sorts of reservations and appointments, but with Lake County's relaxed attitude usually you won't have to.
We don't know why this vintage sea plan was circling the Featherbed Railroad but it's a safe guess to think that the plane is being readied for the upcoming Clear Lake Splash In, the largest seaplane festival west of the Mississippi. The Splash In is the same day as the super popular Pear Festival and promises a wide number of activities for people who don't have planes as well as those who do.
As mentioned, on the same weekend is the Pear Festival which is another Lake County tradition and features all sorts of food, music, vendors and more.
If you don't already have your reservations for the weekend of September 26-28, or for any upcoming date, now might be a great time to make those. There are still rooms available and with two terrific events plus all the usual assortment of activities in Lake County, you should have a great time.
And, just think, you will be saving tens of thousands of dollars compared to a vacation on Fantasy Island. Plus, we don't even have a white suit. Or a bell-ringing plane spotter.
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