Taking flight after the storm

November 2, 2012
Sand covers Route 1 near Indian River Inlet bridge. BY RON MACARTHUR

For someone who has a fear of flying in small planes, I've been in my fair share, including a glider and crop duster. My "fear" centers around motion sickness, which I get riding on hilly roads in a car.

But when pilot Garrett Dernoga called me the day after Sandy left the area to see if I wanted to go upstairs to take photographs, I jumped at the chance.

After popping a couple of Dramamine pills, we were off to take a look at Sussex County. The two areas I was really interested in were Primehook Beach and the Indian River Inlet bridge.

It was amazing to see how much sand covered Route 1 north of the bridge and it was equally amazing to see how bad the breaches were along Fowler Beach near Primehook Beach.

After about 45 minutes of surveying the coast we headed back, and it was about time for me because the ride was a bumpy one with 20 mph winds coming from the west.

I was able to get the photos I wanted, but the Dramamine kicked in and I was asleep before 6 p.m.

Thanks to Garrett.


  • Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.

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