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I got a phone call Saturday morning telling me that I should go down to the dock of Palmer’s Point and take a look across the creek.  You can imagine my surprise when I saw a plane pulled up at Leland Marine next to the typical array of of yachts, house boats, shrimp boats, and barges.  McClellanville’s local librarian, Pat Gross shared a few more pictures of the plane actually cruising down the creek and taking off and the heart-touching story behind the pilot.

bone cancer awarenessShe said that pilot is a gentleman from Florida and accompanied only by his cocker spaniel.  He loves flying but has had bone cancer three times and is afraid that if it returns he won’t be able to pass the flight physical any more.  So he is just out enjoying life to the fullest.  He was taking a flight along the coast when he realized that the closest place for a pontoon plane to land was 60 miles inland on one of the lakes, so he took his 1949 Aeronca Sedan down on the Intracoastal Waterway and cruised into Jeremy Creek to the Marina.  She added that he loves McClellanville as much as we all do and plans to return again soon.  Well sir, from all of McClellanville, we hope to see you soon and wish you a healthy recovery and full remission.

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