The day after a tour ends is always strange for me. My tour mates are not at my breakfast table. I'm not a slave to the camera, constantly looking to capture the day's events. There is no timeline to follow, no problems to solve. My own bizarre empty nest syndrome...
But it was a great trip with a super group of people and beautiful flying across the Colorado Rockies and the desert southwest. My gratitude to you all:
Peter, Ludo, Beto y Rober: for rising to the challenge of traveling so very far to join us, renting a plane that is not your own, to fly in airspace and environments much different from home
Paul, Marilyn, Carl and Barbara: for forever being our Moose Team, a favorite Skylane foursome with whom we have shared many adventures
Garney, Carolyn, Robin and Shane: for your great wits, and sense of adventure
Jim & Dan, for taking on the task of making sure Ranger Kathie got a smooth ride and attended all functions
John & Stephanie, for reminding us that we do, indeed, have a pretty awesome job
Mike & Ginny, for keeping us all laughing, helping with the driving to Zapata Falls, and giving Cat Herder a seat in the Seneca, when the situation demanded it
Chester & Suzanne, for showing us a great team in the cockpit, as well as the pointers on all things photography (oh, and the excuse to gorge on a 5-layer chocolate cake)
Ernie & Kris, for your good humor and downright kindness to everyone around you
We couldn't have a successful tour without all of you, so thanks again!
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!