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Old 10-16-2011, 10:23 PM
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Default LOE 2011 in 6,200 miles...

We targeted LOE as a kick off for a round robin trip to visit my folks in Florida and to drop in on family. A great week of flying and fun with lots of stops and visits along the way. Got to take my mom flying and gave rides to an aunt and uncle who were the most energetic and enthustiastic couple i have met in a long time... hope that I have the spirit and vitality when I am their age

Summary route with the bulk of the deviations for weather included.


Out of Seattle after work on friday... over the cascades and on into Idaho with an overnight in Burly.


Nasty looking clouds dropping into the Idaho basin.


The next morning weather sitting in the high Rockies near Denver pushed us south over the Great Salt Lake and on into New Mexico where we could make the turn East.


Oxygen is a must in high country.




Out of the high country the and on to the outer edge of the front blocking in Weatherford...


The front...

We picked our way through without issue avoiding the bulk of the rain along the way and dropping into town before the hole in the weather rolled on.... XM weather has its limitations but it is amazing...
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:29 PM
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Default continued...

On to Kentucky. In the morning several of the few planes on the ramp were lifting during a brief period of relative calm...


Lots of color around the mighty Mississippi.


A great visit with family and on to Florida.

Good visibility with a solid base through Georgia...


Lots of towering clouds and rain in FLA.



All opening up to lots of sunshine as we closed in on Sebring.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:40 PM
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Default out to the Keys...

Me and MY mommy


During our visit in Florida we made a lunch run to the Keys.

A quilt of colors.


The tops go up and up and up...


The Everglades are incredibly remote and isolated; hardly land at all.


The Keys!




We ate a lesiurly lunch on Marathon and headed back to Sebring.
...did I mention it rains in Florida?
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:52 PM
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Default the return...

Heading back out of Florida...


Through some of the most dramatic sun bursts that I have seen...



To Denver...
With a flyby of my wife's family farm.


...out to the flatland...
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:57 PM
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Default going home...

A great trip but we are ready to get home... we left Denver in the early afternoon and battled headwinds and turbulance most of the way.





Finally... with mount Rainier welcoming us, we are back home
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:05 PM
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you get the "RV most utilized of the month" award. Nice trip.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:32 PM
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Thumbs up Traveling Machine

I thought you had made a great trip getting to LOE, shoot you had just gotten started.... Great post on your odyssey. Are these RV's great traveling machines? They are worth all the effort it takes to "get r done"..
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:39 AM
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Glad you got to make LOE 2011 one of your stops on your trip.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:21 AM
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I'd say you've got the entire country covered. Nice report.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:35 AM
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Great trip!

Some guys will do anything for the longest distance award.
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