Highlights of May 2003
In early May, Jon and his instructor, Lew took a friend of
Lew's to Sun Valley Idaho and back in one day. We flew for 11 hours in a
variety of conditions including rain, hail, hard IFR, and icing. We parked at
Sun Valley amidst executive jets and some very nice twins. Some real challenges
but a lot of good training.
Southern California Aeroventure
Over Memorial Day weekend, we took our first major long
distance flight together to Southern California with Jon as pilot in command of
the Cessna 182 . We got an early start Friday morning and made our way
down the central valley to John Wayne Airport. Along the way we passed such
glamorous spots as the Grapevine intersection of Interstate 5.
When we landed, we were met by Jon's sister, Jane, and her
husband, Scott. They whisked us off to their home in Irvine where we spent
two days catching up with their family. Saturday we hopped the ferry
to Balboa Island and worked up an appetite for lunch by taking a long beach
We took some shots from the hillside overlooking Turtle Rock.
The walk was more for Roxy's benefit then ours.
Sunday morning the clouds lifted and we made the second leg
of trip- a visit to Hemet to see Jim, Tisha and family. While at the
airport, Quinn checked out the pilot's seat to make sure that everything was in
Below is the familiar family portrait from the front door of
A wily set of rascals !!
Care passed the time on the return trip taking shots of the
few landmarks including the Lemore Naval Air Station along the central valley corridor as
well as several arty ground shots.
Boyd and Barb Visit
Just about a year later than originally planned, our friends
Boyd and Barb from St. Louis came to visit us for the first time in Marin.
Upon arrival at our house they were greeted by Milford, the pig, complete with
chili lights. Friday evening we took in the view of the San Francisco
skyline from Sausalito while we
had dinner at Guyamas.
We kept to our original itinerary and flew up to Mendocino for lunch on
Saturday. Only this year, Jon flew up in his own plane instead of a rental.
It was a clear, warm day for all the photographers on board.
After crossing Petaluma, we headed out toward Pt Reyes past Tomales Bay and
Stinson Beach. We turned North along the coast for Bodega Bay, Jenner-Russian
River and Pt Arena.
Boyd, our co-pilot, caught a shot of Little River's extra
healthy landing strip. We posed for a "we made it picture" before
we climbed into the van aka stagecoach for the town of Mendocino.
Mendocino seems much like a New England town that forgot its East Coast roots.
After lunch in town, we strolled along the bluffs and around town capturing some
of the local color.
Our trip in Mendocino seemed to fly by and in no time we were back in the plane
headed down the coast.
We included a quick tour of San Francisco bay on the way home.
Upon our return Boyd and Barb were experienced flight assistants and helped
unload and tie down the plane.
It was "Sierra" time when we returned home. The boys popped a brew and
headed for the hot tub. Barb joined them in this true California/Marin
Sunday we used the car for our sightseeing. First a photo
shoot on Mt. Tam and then a short jaunt over to Sonoma.
Needless to say the hounds enjoyed all the attention this weekend. Like us, they
look forward to the next visit from B&B.