Highlights of March 2004
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On March 4, Jon took his colleagues Jim and Ken up for a bay tour. It was a beautiful day over the bay. Although we had a bit of wind, the flight was pretty smooth and Jim, who takes tranquilizers on commercial flights, handled the few bumps just fine. Jim even handled some 60 degree banked turns with no fear!
On March 7, Jon flew his first mission for Angel Flight West, a charitable organization that provides free transportation to medical treatment for people who cannot afford public transportation, or who cannot tolerate it for health reasons. Angel Flight also flies missions in response to other compelling needs.
Jon's passengers were David and his son Nick, who needed follow up for a kidney transplant. Jon flew them from San Jose to Truckee, where another Angel Flight pilot met them and took them to Provo, Utah. A final pilot met them and took them on their third leg home to Denver.
On March 13th, Jon, Care, and Asia ran in The Run for the Seals - a benefit race for the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands. The Marine Mammal Center focuses on rescue, treatment, and education about marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, whales, etc.
On March 14th, we held a memorial service for Trout on Mt. Burdell and scattered her ashes at the same location as Rizbee. The spot is in view of our house and the two lifelong companions are frequently visited by Jon and Asia on our weekly hikes.
On March 14th, Jon and his friend Larry took a long flight around the bay. We landed at Oakland (KOAK), Half Moon Bay (HAF), Santa Rosa (STS), and Petaluma (O69).
The first leg was from Petaluma to Oakland - over the bay.
After our flight, Leslie and Gordon joined Larry, Care, Jon, and Asia for dinner...
Later in March, Jon spent the weekend in the town of Angel's Camp, an old mining town in Calavaras County, in the Sierra Foothills, taking a seaplane course at Norcal Aviation. Jon now holds a single-engine Sea rating.
Takeoffs and landings
Landing sequence at New Melones reservoir
The Tasmanian Devil arrived. Tasz is a female, red Siberian husky, 9 weeks old and a love bug. She tears through the house at full speed until she is so tired she drops sound asleep for a few precious moments.
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