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Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-07-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 328
Posted By Capt Sandy
Armchair Aviating Tales for Cold Winter Days

Roy and I flew away from Hillsboro (KHIO) bound for Petit Jean, Arkansas and parts south-east. We had few known destinations - the RV fly-in at Petit Jean, Hiking in the Smokies, an aviation seminar....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-17-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,343
Posted By Capt Sandy
Family airplane trip

Andy, What an amazing trip with your daughter!! The tour of the ATC center would send me to nerd heaven. And the crabs look pretty good too.
Hope we get to catch up soon.

We’re thinking of visiting...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-17-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,142
Posted By Capt Sandy
Petit Jean Bound!

This morning Roy and I launched from KHIO (Hillsboro, Oregon) for a 7 week journey in our RV-7A. First destination: Petit Jean, Arkansas for the PJ Fly-in! We can hardly wait to see our friends!
But...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-27-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,779
Posted By Capt Sandy
Happy Not-A-Date-Anniversary

To my Darling Husband, Thank you for taking me flying that evening, 13 years ago, when I said I wasn't interested in dating. Thank you for changing my mind, and my world, and I will always be willing...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-28-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Posted By Capt Sandy
Shoshone

Hi Vlad, We didn't get to meet the manager. He might have come in while I was flat out on the sofa making purring sounds. We considered the Snake Pit, but opted for picnic on the nice patio, since we...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-28-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Posted By Capt Sandy
Shoshone Airport, Kellogg, Idaho

Found on our trek home from Oshkosh. Advertised lowest fuel prices in Idaho. The fuel price was great, but there was so much more. This wonderful FBO has bicycles to ride to the river a 1/3 mile...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-28-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,236
Posted By Capt Sandy
N174RT OSH 2018 Album

https://sandrathoma.smugmug.com/Oshkosh-2018

How to have a conversation in HomeBuilt Camping:
https://photos.smugmug.com/Oshkosh-2018/i-rqc4SDW/0/ca1ead91/M/IMG_3674-M.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,881
Posted By Capt Sandy
Roy and Sandy made it home

N174RT made it home to Orcas Island, Washington today. Route was OSH to Yankton S.D. to Beach, N.D. Overnight stop. Today, Beach to Shoshone, ID. to Arlington for lunch, then to Orcas. What a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-21-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By Capt Sandy
The San Juan Islands

It truly is a special place and we are blessed to see it from the air.
Say, Andy and Bruce, please don't wait for an invitation. Just come up and see us. Give us a little notice so we can be sure to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-21-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By Capt Sandy
Oshkosh Family Reunion Arrival

Arriving at OSH this year truly felt like a family reunion. Dan Horton says it well: "When we first come to OSH , we come to see the planes and the airshows and forums. After a bit, we don't care...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 768
Posted By Capt Sandy
First Leg to OSH and mystery plane

Our RV-7A on the ramp after our first leg to OSH. Hey, what plane is that in the background? Hint... its a KK design... and no, it's not the big, boring ol...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By Capt Sandy
San Juan Islands Sunset Flight

I captured this photo as we were turning base to final for KORS, Orcas Island Washington. The finger island is Sucia, just north of Orcas....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-27-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By Capt Sandy
Poker Run and Friends

Ditto, Bruce!! Thanks for helping put the event together and for the fantastic prize donation!!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-25-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By Capt Sandy
EAA 105 Poker Run

My Darling Hubby/Awesome Pilot and I participated in the EAA 105 Poker Run this past Saturday. It was a blast. So great to re-connect with aviation-minded friends, and turned out to be a spectacular...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
The Texas Loop finale and Sort of an RV Trip

Hello Again VAF'ers!
Shortly after my last post on our Texas Loop, Roy and I parked 174RT at Aero Country where Dave and Alina were our gracious hosts. The morning after tucking our plane away in...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,166
Posted By Capt Sandy
Hi Dave, Did you fly in to Belen? We have been to...

Hi Dave, Did you fly in to Belen? We have been to Hobbs also. The FBO manager there was incredibly gracious in helping us find a (free) place to stay. Christian Aero. Thanks for the tip on the hotel!...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
Hi Vlad, Please see my reply, and hope to have...

Hi Vlad, Please see my reply, and hope to have another asap.
Sandy
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thanks, Vlad! Antelope Valley is on our list for...

Thanks, Vlad! Antelope Valley is on our list for next year per your recommendation. And.... what is 'PM?"
Regards,
Sandy
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
Hello Paul, For sure, 30 knots right on the beam...

Hello Paul,
For sure, 30 knots right on the beam makes for an exciting landing. The next one at Aero Country was only slightly less exciting. We were happy to be on the ground and even happier to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,166
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it was an...

Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it was an MC-130J. Since watching this landing at Belen, Roy and I have noticed NOTAMs posted at many FBO's in the area that read something like, FAA approval for...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-12-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
The Texas Loop

Hello VAF'ers!
This past week our magic carpet has taken us from Lake Havasu, Arizona to Fredricksburg, Texas. Of course we did not take the straight route. Here are some highlights - Working...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-06-2018, 10:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,643
Posted By Capt Sandy
Another desert stop

that we'll add to our list. Thanks, Vlad.
Beautiful photos!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-06-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,166
Posted By Capt Sandy
Big Plane, No Runway Lights

"What were you thinking?" my friend Maria said when I told her this story. She'd asked why we didn't get a photo of what we saw at the airport that evening.
"Because it was dark," I replied.
"No, you...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-14-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,268
Posted By Capt Sandy
Back to Yuma for BBQ

Last week Roy and I flew from our current home base, Lake Havasu, AZ. To Kingman, AZ. After a great lunch at the airport diner,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-07-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,268
Posted By Capt Sandy
And Cookies

RV7Guy, Thanks for mentioning the cookies. When we walked up to the desk in Millionaire, the first thing they asked was would we like a cookie :)
Fresh baked peanut butter or chocolate chip. Life is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-07-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,268
Posted By Capt Sandy
Camels? What about the Planes??

I was so excited about the Camels, I forgot the plane pictures. Talk about upside down priorities! Roy and I found a few other RV’s on the ramp in Yuma, including one that brought a tear to our...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-07-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,268
Posted By Capt Sandy
Millionaire Camels in Yuma

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-sSx2gtt/0/eb50b05d/S/i-sSx2gtt-S.jpg

Today Roy and I were finally back to exploring in the SMC (Silver Magic Carpet) after a month or more of being grounded due...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-25-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,661
Posted By Capt Sandy
Great trip write-up

Andy, What a wonderful write-up. I love the photo of you under the name Ivy Crabtree that he carved on the rock. Fun and informative details on the entire trip. We are SO disappointed we couldn't...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-14-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,357
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thank you!!

For your kind words on my write-up. P.J. truly is a magical event in a magical place. And what a WONDERFUL community we belong to. Can't _wait_ for next year....
And who knows.... maybe we'll get to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-13-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,357
Posted By Capt Sandy
Petit Jean - The Best Parts

Catching up here...Roy and I have not let any moss grow under our feet, or rather, under the wings, since November. I can't believe this was three months ago! This was our second trip to Petit Jean,...
Forum: Northeast 02-13-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 52,136
Posted By Capt Sandy
Our planes match

Hi Vlad. I've enjoyed reading your posts. As Dick said to Roy once, "That guy knows what to do with an airplane" - applies to you too. People ask when we're going to paint our plane. The first thing...
Forum: Formation Flying 02-12-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 383
Posted By Capt Sandy
Right Seat Flying - C2A Lake Havasu Formation Clinic

This past weekend Roy and I had the pleasure of hanging out with our friends at the C2A Formation Clinic at Lake Havasu Airport. We just happened to be in town for the event. Well… we planned on...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-27-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 980
Posted By Capt Sandy
Living Large in Ramona, California

Roy and I accepted Bruce Hill's gracious invitation to visit Ramona, California. Here is a glimpse of the wonderful time we are having! Flying is like life. It's about the journey more than the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-25-2018, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,010
Posted By Capt Sandy
Breakfast in Bear Valley with Rosie

Rosie and Tuppergal are currently our gracious hosts at Rosamond, and we are having a wonderful. visit. This morning we flew to Bear Valley for breakfast (with Rosie, as Tuppergal had other...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-24-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,728
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thank you Tom!

I enjoy sharing our travels almost as much as I enjoy going on them.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-11-2018, 12:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,007
Posted By Capt Sandy
Halie rotating photos 90degrees

First, Thanks So Much for creating this site. It is fast and easy and SOOO much better than photo bucket. The last couple photos I loaded appeared rotated. When I clicked on the image in Halie, they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,738
Posted By Capt Sandy
Our RV-7A takes us to our summer home

Guess I'll figure out how to Photoshop this in :)
We hatched the plan about three years ago, while cleaning the decks. I said, "Hey Roy." He said "Hey Sandy." I put down the scrub brush. We were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 01:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,738
Posted By Capt Sandy
Vagabond Life with our RV-7A

Our aluminum riveted conveyances finally together!
Life is Good.
http://halie.com/scale/25/oax.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-07-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,728
Posted By Capt Sandy
Having No Plan to Fly to Tullahoma

The Petit Jean Fly-in was next on our agenda. That started Friday, and it was only Tuesday. We’d be checking out of the Buckhorn Inn the next morning, with no plan between now and then. I always like...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-14-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,282
Posted By Capt Sandy
Collecting Stories with our RV-7A

We had a day to wander before we were due to visit Roy’s cousin in Tennessee.
I noted on the chart we were a 20 minute flight from Gassville, Arkansas. “My Dad’s parents are buried there,” I said to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-15-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,007
Posted By Capt Sandy
THANKS!! For the hosting site!!

Bill,
Thanks SO MUCH for putting up this hosting site. I detest photobucket, detest the adds, and to cap it, photobucket pulled my last photo from VAF, and replaced it with a notice that because I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-15-2017, 12:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 608
Posted By Capt Sandy
On the Subject of Control in our RV-7A

Roy and I spent five days on the quiet little island of Mackinac recently. We relaxed in a lovely BnB, ate waffles for breakfast, rode bikes around the island, and best of all, celebrated with our...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-15-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,094
Posted By Capt Sandy
To CrabAndy

Thanks!! I'm happy you enjoy our Tales from the Right Seat. Roy and I both enjoyed meeting you at Petite Jean last year. Will you be there again this year? More giant marshmellows??
Sandy
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-29-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,094
Posted By Capt Sandy
The Great Thing about our RV-7A

Trip from Hillsboro, Oregon (KHIO) to Mackinac Island, Michigan (KMCD): Mostly a great trip, with some bumps along the way. The blog post includes some lovely photos of our trek across the Cascades,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-24-2017, 09:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By Capt Sandy
EAA 105 Poker Run

Today was the EAA 105 Poker run - and what a beautiful day it was for flying in the PNW! Totally worth it to pile out of the sack EARLY to beat the heat. I've posted photo highlights in our...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-22-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
Posted By Capt Sandy
Nearly fell out of my chair laughing, Dan. :-)

Nearly fell out of my chair laughing, Dan. :-)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-22-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
Posted By Capt Sandy
Vlad, Please do come see us when you visit!!

Vlad, Please do come see us when you visit!!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-22-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
Posted By Capt Sandy
RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands

There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season. We...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-22-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,479
Posted By Capt Sandy
RV Hotel

I love the idea of RV Hotel and as much as we've traveled across country in our plane, have wondered about using it, however many of the listing seem out of date. Is a volunteer needed to reach out...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-22-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 533
Posted By Capt Sandy
Fabulous PIE at Spruce Goose Cafe, 0S9

Great breakfast and if flying up to the San Juan Islands, stop for Pie Insurance. Or just have pie for breakfast :-)http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d8/sandrastq/IMG_2756_zpseswxfbbi.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-15-2017, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,070
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thank you, Dave

I'm happy you enjoyed the write-up. We had our own challenges stepping away from the corporate world. We also had 'life events' that incentivized us - not-so-gentle reminders that we are only on this...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-13-2017, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,070
Posted By Capt Sandy
It's a big ocean.

I've spent enough time on boats to know that we are really tiny on a BIG ocean... still, I DID get in the plane, and oh so glad I did. (It usually goes that way.)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-13-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,070
Posted By Capt Sandy
RV's to the Caribbean, From the Right Seat

Hello RV'ers. Roy and I joined the trip to the Antilles. Here is a write-up from the right-seat perspective, and some photos to share. We had a GREAT time. More info to come, on our time in the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-09-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 973
Posted By Capt Sandy
Smile Arrival at EAA Airventure, 2016

I've posted my write-up on our arrival at Oshkosh. It was challenging in many ways, the hairiest is documented in a link I included (originally from VAF). We DID have a GREAT time once there. The...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-07-2016, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,072
Posted By Capt Sandy
Smile Journey to EAA Airventure, 2016

Part One: Most recent post in our blog highlights our flight to Oshkosh, with photos. This is part one, as our actual arrival at OSH is a story in itself. TBP (To be posted). Hope you all enjoy the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-21-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,113
Posted By Capt Sandy
Bryce and Grand Canyon

Thanks all! So glad you enjoyed the write-up. I love flying with Roy and love sharing our experiences.
Bruce - We flew over Bryce on our way home for Canyon de Chelly (which was a bucket list trip...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-20-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,113
Posted By Capt Sandy
Smile RV-7A Flight over the Grand Canyon

Our latest post is a short write-up and a few pictures of our flight from Bryce Canyon over the Grand Canyon on our way to Arizona. Enjoy - and love to hear your...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-03-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,010
Posted By Capt Sandy
Flying, Sailing and Teamwork

I love flying with my husband, especially when he takes me to my sailboat up in the San Juan Islands. We recently had a lovely weekend on the boat, and a fun lesson in teamwork. Teamwork is so...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-16-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,787
Posted By Capt Sandy
Thank you!

Thank you, Chuck. I sure enjoy writing about our trips. Its my hope people enjoy reading about them as well.:) Constructive feedback is always welcome.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-10-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,787
Posted By Capt Sandy
Patterns in the Whole - EAA 105 Poker Run

My husband and I recently participated in the EAA Chapter 105 Poker Run. Here is my write-up with some pics, in our blog - Lifes Big Adventure. Enjoy!
http://OnACourse.blogspot.com
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