Merry Christmas!

Hey look.. I caught up on my blog!  I didn’t post any Thanksgiving photos, we were able to get together with my family and Jess’ family this year a bit early, but I guess I was too busy preparing the meal that I didn’t shoot much of anything.  We enjoyed the family get togethers and have even had two Tree Pickings already… again, not much for photos, sorry.  We ran out of ideas for a Christmas card this year, but slapped one together.  We jumped in the Cessna 172 and I put the wide angle lens on the Lumix and we snapped this shot for our card.  I hit it with a couple of filters just to make it more interesting, but am including another shot that made the list of possibilities so you can get the idea of what it looked like in the plane.

Printed Cards

Sitting back and enjoying the view.

Our 15th Anniversary

Wow.  I never would have guessed it to actually happen… but we did what we said we were going to do.. go on a trip for our 15th.  We were able to get some really cheap tickets to FL. $39/pp one-way.  A bit more after taxes and hidden fees, but it was still cheap.

We spent 4 days and 3 nights in Fort Lauderdale (Dec 1-4).  We did very little but enjoyed the warm weather and the food.

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Jess and I on the plane

Hiking in the Woods

Matt came up in his usual manner.  Shortly after Thanksgiving for a walk on the proper with his rifle.  He brought a friend and Nathan and I joined him for the walk.  We had a great time, a fresh snow had just fallen and it was beautiful in the woods.  We tried to catch up with some turkeys and ended up tracking a peeing rabbit (did you know they sometimes pee red!? Diet depending).  We loaded all the guns and had a shoot-out for old times sake.  Nathan shot all ten weapons.

Nathan taking a break

New Passenger – My Insurance Agent

I was looking for a passenger to go flying today as Nathan had too much homework, so I called my insurance agent.  A good friend and a fellow pilot, I knew he’d be game.  We logged just over an hour and had a good time flying over the local area and spotting familiar homes.  Thanks Gary for going!

Gary - Passenger 14

And the view we captured on the way home.

Garland Pond

Time to go Begging

I think this will be about the last year we do this.  Nathan didn’t have much to dress up in, and we certainly were not going to buy an outfit for an 11 year old.  He donned his aviator clothes and we set off for Bangor to join the Libby group in a walk around the development.  The older boys even walked around by themselves this year.. a sign we’re due to end this tradition.

Nathan ready for flight... after a sugar high!

Baxter State Park, Katahdin – from the air

I had an awesome flight today.  Boy and I fly up to Baxter and I got some great shots of the mountain.  In years past, I’d hike this mountain about every other year.  Since my flight training I’ve hardly hiked a thing.  No need to hike to get views like these!  The clouds we a little low on the front side of the mountain, but by the time we worked our way around to the East, we had some great views in the bowl.

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Baxter State Park

New Passenger… from work

I was scanning the IM statuses at work hoping that someone would be online and willing to “take a break” from work.  The weather was perfect for flying and I really didn’t want to waste it.  The weekend was too windy for flying so I washed the plane, but now I wanted to fly!

I twisted David’s arm into going with me.  He’s a Powered Paraglider Pilot, so it wasn’t all that hard.  I didn’t tell him he was Passenger #13 until AFTER the flight ;)

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David - Passenger #13

Too Windy to Fly, Wash the Plane

Yup, it was just a bit too windy to fly.  I never have time to wash the plane when its a flying day, so I decided since I put the most hours on it, I should do my part and wash it.  -Nathan came over and helped out.  It was a little cool to be working with water, the breeze was stiff and Nathan wasn’t controlling the over-spray well… or so he said.. I was wearing more water than I wanted to.

Washing the Cessna 172

A Walk in the Park

Sorta.. I’ve driven by this River Walk a few times and thought I was feeling up to a short walk.  It was about a mile long and my legs were soggier than I expected but we took our time and I was able to shoot some photos on the way.  It’s a nice place to walk, and I guess they ski the path in the winter.

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The Family taking a break

A Motorcycle Ride!

Wow, it’s been a long Spring and Summer.  My health has been the worst ever and we haven’t been out on the bike at all I don’t think. (Maybe one short ride).  I was feeling pretty good and the weather was nice for October, so we talked Matt and Sarah into meeting us in Augusta for lunch.  A great day of friends and riding.  We added 150 miles to the odometer and was pretty tuckered by the end of the ride.

Jess and I with the Boulevard S83 at Red Robin