Get up early, at the airport by 8:00 a.m. for a morning of flying and touring a great destination. Sounds like a typical Parkwest day, right? This time it was Carl and Barbara setting the schedule, planning the route and organizing our day to Mackinac Island. I was lucky enough to have a free day during a week back in Michigan to go flying with these two, and I loved that they were awaiting me at the Grosse Ile airport clad in matching Parkwest logo wear! It was a fun day with my long-time Parkwest pals. They first showed up on our radar in 2001 and we've been making tons of memories together ever since. Thank you!!
Says the wife of the guy who shot this great video "Vorticity." Not exactly flying weather but very cool to watch anyway. Thanks to Paul Hollowell for the tip!
Watch Vorticity here.
I so enjoy being in touch with all of you outside of tour time, as it helps bridge the gap until we see you again live. I am able to keep tabs on many of the Parkwest family via by personal email, Facebook and Flight Aware. I thought you might want to read what some of your pals are up to.
While Robin and Shane are enduring the first-hand aftermath of the Brexit vote in England, Piet and Nelly are getting used to retired life and a new home in Holland. Paul and Marilyn continue to astound us with their cross-country flying stamina. I mean, come on, Seattle to Venice in two days?!
Bob and Leslie are enduring a summer of aircraft maintenance, while Mark and Kathie compete in an epic sandcastle-building competition. (Their "kid" Ranger Kathie, by the way, is saving her pennies for another Parkwest tour this fall.) Richard and Kay are winging off to the California wine country--with appropriate, lowest-cost fuel stops--and Kris and Ernie are riding the rails on the Skunk Train.
Mike and Ginny are the social butterflies, getting together with Charles and Diane for a hospice fundraiser one evening, then later spending time with Ed and Laura for a weekend of fun and flowers.
The biggest newsmakers must be those folks at Alpine Airpark. Stan and Sharon along with Jack and Marion have appeared in various posts about Alpine. You can read up on them in AOPA's article here or Aviat's blog story.
Collin continues to build Pilatus time "Outside" while I work out the tour details for 2016 and beyond. In a couple weeks I'll go to Michigan for a weeklong visit where, among other things, I'll have some time to see Carl and Barbara.
So let's hear from the rest of you. Feel free to post your news in the Comments section of this blog post!
(Below are photos from the Borners. Glad to see Charles looking so good! Laura served as one of the judges for this flower show they attended.)
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over twenty years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!