Derby Day. Check-ride Anniversary. And most importantly the simply joy of flying!
May is always memorable. I got my Private Pilot Certificate. Three years later I got my Instrument rating.
“I hope we will be done by 3:00 pm, ” said Wanda, “I wan’t to watch the Kentucky Derby”
“I hope so too,” thought I. “With positive results.” For it was the day of my private pilot check-ride and I wanted to get home without a pink slip!
It was also Derby Day. And getting home to watch the race would be good too…
I did make it home in time to catch the race that day. That was 16 years ago!
As it happens, Derby day is tomorrow this year (5/6/2017).
Always Dreaming or Fast and Accurate?
Take your pick!
… I flew my last flight out of my favorite airport taking my visiting sister for a flight seeing flight over the beautiful Central Coast!
My first glimpse was from the observation lounge of the Pacific super liner as it winded around the curve past the California Men’s Colony into the city of San Luis Obispo. Nestled in the valley approximately midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, away from the maddening crowd yet within easy distance, San Luis Obispo or SLO as the locals fondly call it, is a small campus town of 40000 plus inhabitants mostly students, and staff of the nearby CalPoly (California Polytechnic State University) and retirees.
Founded in 1772, it is one of California’s oldest colonies. Famous for its Mission San Luis and Thursday night Farmer’s Market. Where Jamba Juice, was first established as the Juice Club and aviation legend Burt Rutan went to college. Home of the eccentric Madonna Inn established by Alex Madonna, I Madonnari Italian street painting festival (usually hosted in September) and Bubble Gum Alley.
To me it is and will always be Home Sweet Home!
Continue reading the full article by following this link: https://flynthings.net/2010/09/30/slothe-simple-joy-of-flying/
Believe it or not…. I survived the first year of the PhD program. Almost.
If I make it through this week.
True I might not have a life. I have ignored family and friends. But what an extraordinary adventure.
I have been adjusting my adventures, to include more fun flying, hiking with coworkers, and interaction with friends.Sneaking away for a two week adventure down under, one of those weeks spent exploring New Zealand with my sister.
And one revisiting old stomping grounds in my favorite city: Sydney!
It’s all good. Soon I will be out in Daytona for Residency II.
One day I will have a life.
In case you wondered…
It is 16 days away…. and I unfortunately can’t make it. Not this year and definitely not next year, but after that, anything is possible!
I’ve lost track of how many times I have visited Airventure since I got my private license. You can read all about it here (at least all the times I blogged about it):
Oshkosh, Nothing like it!!!!
There is absolutely nothing like it!
Life is full of choices
I bought a T-shirt one year at Airventure that read “Life is full of choices”. How true.
2014 was an incredible year. I flew a lot. I flew to the Bahamas. To Sun ‘n Fun. To Airventure. I flew to Virginia airports for $500 Vegeburger runs and stamps. I finally got my tail wheel rating. It was fantabulous!
2015, on the other hand was tame. As they say, life is full of choices!
Here are some fun posts from 2015:
January: Words on Wednesdays: From AAA to FLY
February: Bahamas Blues
March: Indian Women Pilots
April:May Day, May Day, May Day
May: Heroes in Fiction
July: Postcards to OSH: Wish I was there…
August: Logging Memories V
September: Remembering this day
October: It’s Beautiful out here!
November: Monday Morning Reality
December: Limited Edition Airplane Cookies