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Old 02-06-2018, 10:48 AM
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She's BEAUTIFUL! You're so blessed. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:10 PM
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Love the pics!
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for everyone’s kind words!
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:46 PM
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Even better news at our last annual Nephrology appointment, off the BP med we've been on and just monitoring yearly. Yehawww!

I've wanted to fly to Angel Fire for the past several years but it never worked out. Angel Fire's been getting a fair amount of snow this year and it looked like the weather was going to be doable over my 1 1/2 day weekend. My older girls already had plans with friends, but my Pie was READY. My wife sent me this pic the day after we made plans to fly to Angel Fire.



We just received a round freezing rain, ice pellets and snow the night before. We waited for the precip to move east and the ceilings to improve leaving sunshine across several states for the next couple days. Taxing out, braking was good enough for a 1400 RPM runup.



I packed plenty of in-flight snacks for the 3.5 hour flight.







We started out under the Broken layer trying to stay out of the winds, but the captain couldn't drink his coffee with the moderate turbulence. We climbed above the clouds little by little as we worked our way west staying about 2500 AGL the whole way in decently smooth air. My fuel flow always oscillates below 9 gph, CHT's about as cold as I've ever had in cruise.

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:48 PM
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Crop circle country, check out the 1/4 mile radius pivot (160 ACRES) within the 1/2 mile radius piovot (640 ACRES).



After snacks and an hour of droning airplane vibrations......



I love the eastern New Mexico landscape.



Capulin Volcano: https://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm



Unfortunately KAXX was reporting 1/2 mile visibility and direct crosswinds gusting over 40, we diverted to KRTN. 450+ miles in 3.3 hours and 26 gallons averaged about 7.8gph.



KRTN has a great FBO with friendly people and animals, we tucked the airplane in a hangar and snagged a car.



I was disappointed we had to divert, but the 1.5 ish hour drive had lots of cool scenery we would've missed in the 15 minute flight. The drive goes through the Cimmarron Canyon, it's also where the Philmont training center for the Boy Scouts is located.



Once over the pass and into the valley, I had no doubts I made the right decision to divert. I snapped a picture of the blowing snow before I realized I was taking a picture of the Angel Fire airport.



Watching the snow blowing around in opposite directions within the same mile.



We checked into the lodge and checked out the slopes and of course the pool. We walked 2 blocks to the Peruvian restaurant, I'm a Green Chili guy and abruptly stopped reading the menu at "Chicken Fried Ribeye with Green Chili Gravy."

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:49 PM
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All set to be dropped off at ski school, it was still single digit temps at best. Pie was beyond excited for this little adventure, I've been through this with my older 2 but it really hit me as a dad moment.....



I ventured off to explore the mountain solo. I've only been skiing/boarding a handful of times and it's been several years, it was about like riding a bike. You start cautiously and feel you've got the hang of it than you start getting cocky and you know, start crashing........I was amazed at the lack of "traffic" at Angel Fire, biggest lift line I waited in I was #2.





I made numerous trips back down the mountain to spy on Pie and her ski school, every time I was convinced she was having a ball and didn't need dad messing things up. I did get a proud "I'm such a big girl" wave once....



After a solid 3 hours of morning boarding with no lift lines I had to take my share of breaks in the afternoon....



We hit the local pizza spot for dinner and than hit Pie's new favorite Hot Tub, I'm not gonna lie that I probably needed it more than her!



Fun times go fast and we had to head back in the morning, I recommend the Hail Holy BBQ green chili breakfast burrito (large enough for a family of 3)!

There's about 45 miles of high plains grazing land between the Cimarron Canyon and Raton, we were talking about Cactus and pulled off on the shoulder to get a first hand experience. Pie was all about it but wanted to keep her distance of 10' from said Cholla Tree Catcus, this is her best attempt at "touching" the cactus to freak mom out.



Airplane was plugged in and ready to go thanks to the people at KRTN. Blinding sun and very light winds as we loaded up.



I had just strapped Pie in after loading the baggage and was hot stepping it around the airplane and up on the wing when this made me stop mid-stride on the wing walk. One of my favorite pics so far, I tried moving the plane around for other pics but they were all terrible.

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Old 02-09-2019, 09:04 PM
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Best news all week, Andy! Looks like a great trip. She looks like the best kind of trouble a dad could have!!
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:09 PM
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Glad to hear everything is getting better and better.

Incredibly beautiful daughter you have.

Brings back memories from when my daughter was young and we used to go flying in my old Cherokee 140. Precious moments well spent!

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Old 02-10-2019, 12:26 AM
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Wow!
This is the first I have seen of this whole thread. What a saga. How blessed you and Pi are to have come through this all. The best hope that she continues to improve and live a totally normal life. And along the way, the best co-pilot you could hope for, although it helps to have some cockpit resource management in IMC, not just fall asleep
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:27 AM
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Blessed we are, I am thankful for the therapeutic writing and support I receive on VAF.
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