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Old 08-21-2012, 03:37 AM
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Default Coming home, from Van's Homecoming

Aug 19 2012

My trip began here,

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=89695

but really it began way back here


Today, as I rise, after spending a wonderful weekend at the Van's Homecoming (40th Anniversary too, wow) I am getting ready to fly back home to Tucson.
I reflect on many things, one of which is my anniversary as an aviator.
On this very day 25 years ago, I took my private pilot checkride. It changed my life.

And today, 25 years later I am happily back where it all began in the Pacific NW.

The yellow C170 was the beginning of a new life, friends, experiences and opportunities I would not have dreamed of had I not seen them develop over the next couple of decades with my own two eyes.

The very special people I have met, many of whom encouraged me along the way. Some pushed me, some challenged me, all gave me strengh and hope that even I, a lowly tomboy construction worker could dream big and accomplish much.

So many thoughts of the path I took that led me here this weekend in my little RV6 flood my mind as I write.

I can say thanks Dad for all your support and it will never scratch the surface of what I have been able to overcome by simply taking your advice, putting one foot in front of the other and never saying never.

Here are a few photos of this weekends trip home.

Sunrise, time to fly


I say thank you and goodbye to my wonderful hosts Linda & Keith


Obe & Nuggett too


The morning sun lays a shadow across my wing


Mt Shasta waking up


The smoke settles in the valley


And just before home, some puffy clouds to slow the rising temps


I departed Independence at 0720, stopped twice for fuel with the second stop a break for food as well and arrived back home in Tucson less than 10 hrs later.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:26 AM
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Nice write up Cathy. It looks like you had a good trip and really enjoy the flying. I liked the picture of Mt Shasta (Ako-Yet). I am from one of the Tribes in the Shasta Nation. I love going back to the area and now that I live in Colorado, it is nice seeing pictures of the mountain. Thanks for posting it. Glad you had a good trip.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:13 AM
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Sounds like you had a very nice time and fed your soul while you were gone. There's nothing like seeing nature's majestic creation from a small plane. So few people in the world get to do that. It's truly a privilege. Great writeup!
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