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Old 04-02-2015, 11:17 PM
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Rosie Rosie is offline
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Location: I live in on the Rosamond Skypark (CA) and am married to Victoria (Tuppergal).
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Default Rosie & Tuppergal?s Caribbean Trip 2015

What year is odd's time...for another Caribbean Adventure!!!!!!!!!!!! For vacation; Even years, fly Commercial. Odd years, FLY RV!!!!

It seems to me like yesterday, but it's been two years since our one-month-long 2013 Caribbean trip, a trip still fresh-on-our-minds, and we are OH-SO-READY-TO-FLY BACK!!!

This year, we are flying to the Dominican Republic, Antigua and Dominica with some wonderful friends. The main group will return home from Dominica but we'll keep going to make it three weeks to visit some other islands...maybe even stay a fourth week if we are having TOO MUCH FUN! Our trips starts on April 9th and ends on May 3rd.

Andrew “Sharkbait” Brandt will be returning from his South America RV trip when he joins us on Dominica so we look forward to meeting up with him too.

Let me introduce you to the group, many of you who you already know as they are veterans of several overwater trips.

Newbies flying for the first time with us across the water are marked with **
Flight Leads are bolded

Alpha Flight:
Victoria & Paul Rosales (California, RV-6A)...........Janet & Gene Larsen (Iowa, RV-9A)..................**Diane & Dan West (California, RV-8)

Bravo Flight:
Gail & Doug Dodson (California, Glasair II)........ **Scott Loftin (California, Glasair III)..............**Roger & Sue Hansen (Arizona, RV-6)

Charlie Flight:
Tanya & Scott Card (Texas, RV-9A)................ Alina & Dave Bouno (Texas, RV-7A).............**Staci Stroud & Jeff Jackson (Texas, RV-8)

Rosie, Tuppergal, Nordo, Moody Blue, Bun, Opie, eStitch, Cookie, Scoot, Taco & Belle...Shiner...what's with these names anyway?!? Can you match them with faces above?!?

Roger & Sue Hansen and Andrew will continue with Victoria and I for another week of Vacation once the main group flies home (with Tanya Card as Lead) from Dominica to end a two-week-vacation.

We will continue our vacation with landings on the islands of Canouan, Bequia, St. Lucia and St. Kitts.

I will also be getting a flight checkout, along with Doug Dodson, so that we can fly to St. Barth’s and land on the ‘short’ runway…well…not short for an RV!!!!!

I depart on Thursday morning, April 9th for Dallas...without my wife Victoria (Tuppergal); she has a Tupperware convention on Saturday (April 11th) so I'll pick her up in Tampa on Monday, April 13th. I'll have a co-worker travel with me the first day to Dallas (Herb Turner) then I'm solo till I pick her up at Tampa airport on Monday, April 12th.

Here's my itinerary from California to Homestead, Florida where we all meet up on Monday April 13th for a Tuesday departure overwater:
  • Visit friends in the DFW area
  • Eat Texas BBQ
  • Eat Memphis BBQ
  • Visit Graceland
  • See Team Aerodynamix practice in Anderson (SC)
  • Hang out with Amy & Mike "Kahuna" Stewart at their North Carolina skypark home...and play the PS3 game called (I think) Rockstar!!!
  • Have the best-fried-chicken-lunch-ever with VAF'er Pierre Smith, Gary Sobek and Nick Ervin at Fosters in Louisville (GA)...Maybe Moose can try to join us!
  • Visit a teacher-friend at Spruce Creek (FL)
  • Visit friends from my early F-117 days in Clearwater (near Tampa)
  • Can't forget this one...Pickup my wife at the airport!
  • Fly down south along the Keys and have lunch with 'the group'
  • ...and end up at Homestead airport (X51) by Monday afternoon so we can start our vacation ;-)

Here's what my planned flight path from coming from California to Florida (weather permitting):

The days we are flying where you track our flight path are:
  • April 9th through 14th (California to the Dominican Republic)
  • April 17th (to St. Barths and Antigua)
  • April 20th (to Dominica)
  • April 23rd (to Canouan)
  • April 25th (to Bequia)
  • April 27th (to St. Lucia)
  • April 29th (to St. Kitts)
  • May 1st through May 3rd (flying home... maybe get Turbo to come to Virgin Gorda so we can 'hang' together)

As always, I can't thank my GREAT FRIEND & Mentor Jim "Jimmyb" Baker for introducing me to the Caribbean back in 2004 and to Van himself for designing such a AMAZING airplane that we all call an R-V!!!!! Looking back on all the friends we've made because of our RV...Our life is for the better because of it!

If you are building, keep poundin' the rivets because it's ALL WORTH IT!!! Paul "Rosie" Rosales and Victoria "Tuppergal" Rosales

PS: Almost forgot...somewhere on this trip, our hobbs meter will turn 4,000 hours!!!!

Note: We completed this trip, flown from April 9th through May 3rd...and we did indeed see 4,000 on!
Paul A. "Rosie" Rosales
Rosamond Skypark (L00), CA
RV-6A, 4200+ hours since 7/4/2000

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Old 04-03-2015, 04:45 AM
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Rosie et al,

...sounds like a great adventure!

We'll be watchin' ...
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:26 AM
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Default Another great trip

Can't wait to watch Rosie!

Looks like another great trip planned out. You guys be safe and have fun.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:34 AM
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Default Nice

Sounds great.

Kind of makes our 8 canadian birds launch to the bahamas late april seem kind of short!

Enjoy, will be watching for posts.
Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:58 AM
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I have been watching you guys do this trip year after year, I am VERRY jealous. Have a safe and exciting trip! Out of curiosity, how many in your group are VFR only pilots?

Hey Bret, how about you join us in 2017?!? As for IFR...EVERYONE: IFR = I Follow Rosie! As for FAA IFR: Scott & Tanya Card, Dave Bouno, Andrew Brandt, Doug Dodson and Scott Loftin are instrument rated Rosie
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:19 AM
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wishing you guys tailwinds, blue skys, and a safe trip.

thanks for taking us along via =VAF= and the inter web.

Turbo...what you say we meet up on May 1st in Virgin Gorda??? I just need a reason to stay another week Rosie

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Old 04-03-2015, 06:19 AM
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Let me know what day you are at KCLW, if I am off I can help with giving you a lift, even showing you decent (for Florida) BBQ.

Thank you for the offer! I think my friends are taking me to Sonny's, Rosie

Good for you, but ask them to take you to Brady's in Safety Harbor, ten minutes form CLW and much better BBQ, have fun.
Back to flying a J3

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Old 04-03-2015, 06:50 AM
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Default Good fuel price at KLQK

since you are going over to anderson KAND for the TA practice, fuel at nearby KLQK is $3.99 per gal. Stop by and see us.

Thank you Tyler! Rosie


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Old 04-03-2015, 07:45 AM
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I look forward to following along. ~J~
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:39 PM
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Sounds like a great time.
Thanks for sharing.
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