I wonder if there are any trout down there?

I fly in my business. From Northern California to Central Oregon is a 9 hour drive or a 3 hour flight.  I choose the flight, as it saves time. You see things from up above:  towns, valleys, trout streams!  There’s this one stream, out in the middle of nowhere.  I’ve flown over it a dozen…

The option to fly or drive home

How many times have you been really up against the wall – wanting to get home for something special but not knowing how you can possibly pull it off?  Despite all your good planning, it looks like you are going to be hopelessly late or maybe miss the family party or celebration entirely.  You are…

Say goodbye to the $100 Burger!

Many of you know about the reality TV show “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” in which people go to great lengths to find the best burger, the best pizza, or the best tacos.  You choose your poison! Well, aviation has it’s own version and it’s called the $100 Burger.  General aviation aircraft owners have long…

Circular rainbows

I’ve always liked rainbows and they’ve never failed to put a big smile on my face. It’s kind of like getting a surprise gift from Mother Nature. (But even as a child I never believed the pot of gold stories.) Well, a few months ago my husband was flying us from Northern California to Central…

Making weekend trips into day trips

I’ve been thinking about the many times I’ve wanted to go somewhere on the weekend, but didn’t because it would take the entire weekend to drive there and back.  I love places like the coast and sailing, horse racing and air races.  However, after working all week, the only time I have to get things…

Golf Travel

The drives are going straight and my putting is really good.  My local course is always challenging but I feel the need to elevate the challenge.  Within a 200 mile radius are numerous PGA quality courses and ones that are unique and require different skills. For example, in Ruidosa, New Mexico there are five golf…

Getting to remote places

I grew up in northern Minnesota and loved it when my dad would take my brother and me fishing.  There was nothing more enjoyable to us even at a young age, than sitting in a boat with him out on a beautiful, peaceful lake.  Sometimes we were the only boat on the lake and it…

The next revolution in travel will be personal

The dawn of the 21st-century was an amazing time when it comes to travel. Think back to the start of the 19th century. Travelers were explorers and pioneers. Voyages were expeditions, crossing plains in covered wagons or trekking through forests and jungles. Or, the start of the 20th century, when an international trip meant weeks…

Romantic weekend getaways – in a flying car   

Recently, a friend and I were talking about some of our favorite romantic places to go.  I realized that many of the trips advertised as a “romantic getaway”, are far away, are at least a week long, and cost thousands of dollars.  I’m much more interested in weekend trips.  My husband and I have our…

Whale Watching from Above

Whale watching is something really special.  Each year (December – April) over 20,000 California Grey Whales make their return trip from their southern breeding grounds.  These magnificent creatures are exciting to see, even at a distance.  Unfortunately from where we live it’s a bit of a travel nightmare to get to where they are. To…

Making it easier to go skiing

No doubt about it, skiing is a blast.  Man vs. mountain, with lots of thrills and exhilaration. I always look forward to it.  I don’t even mind the 3 hour drive there.  What kills me is the 3 hour drive home.  I’m tired. I’m sore.  That long in the car afterwards, my muscles just seem…

ISLAND HOPPING

My wife and I took our honeymoon on St. Thomas Island in the Caribbean.  The Caribbean is such a cool place – a long string of islands each with its own individual character.  In a cruise ship, you get to sample several. But when you fly into only one island, you’re a bit stuck.  We…