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Old 01-01-2017, 03:58 PM
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This year was so different now that the kids rarely nap and can walk around most of the day. We had fun taking pictures.


This might be the first Haagen-dazs headed to space! I told her it would melt when it was sunny and re-freeze on the shady side.




Our annual brick picture


This was my 21st year at Oshkosh and our girls have been every year. We have been camping with some of our friends for over 10 years so one afternoon we celebrated with margaritas. That was a fun afternoon!


One of my favorite purchases this year at Oshkosh was this MyGoPilot suction mount. I bought the attachement for the iPad and iPhone. I also use this in my truck for my phone.


It was sad to have the week go by so fast again. We decided to head to Rapid City and go see Bear Country USA and stay the night there. So I found a car and room and were on our way. This ended up being one of the funniest days ever for our family.

Bear Country USA has lots of different animals that you drive through and is worth the money. But, when we arrived at the bear section the skies opened up and it started to hail. After the hail was over, a bear walked in the front of our car and took a bite out of the front hood!


The bite!


Just so you know, they do not cover bites at Bear Country USA and insurance took care of this one for us. The next time I go here with a friend I am going to cover his car with peanut butter before heading in and get the cameras ready. Here is the bite video.


We stayed at a Marriott brand that had a really nice indoor water slide park. We did not have time to use it but will probably try to make it work next year. Mt. Rushmore picture after departing Rapid City.
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Lake Powell
The RV-10 played a big role in our boating life this year. For the first time, we put our boat in a slip at Antelope Point near Page, AZ from May to the end of September. We were then able to use the RV-10 to fly down. The marina would pick us up and take us to the boat. It was about 3 hours from leaving our house to stepping onto the boat. We slept 22 nights on the boat this year, definitely a record for us. Not sure what we will do next year but it was a fun experiment. We did miss our lakes around Northern Utah, but not having the hassle of towing the boat, launching and retrieving was very nice, plus we love flying the plane.

Staying on Lake Powell really is a unique experience and hopefully you will all get to do it someday. September is the prime month to go. When I retire, you will find me there all month.

Approaching Lake Powell


Antelope Point Marina


Departing KPGA to the north. You can see how close the marina is to the airport. It is about a 15 min drive.






Anna showing me how to relax.


Arch at Lake Powell




They are great at driving the boat.


Our dinner view
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This is where Anna and Emily learned to water ski.


If we have time after departure, we love to fly the lake, take pictures and look for our next beach to explore or stay at. I typically try to land before dark. It is about a 1.5 hour flight each way.






Rock Creek Bay – This is one of our favorite canyons with great camping and fishing.


On a flight home, there was a big fire near Cedar City, UT and it made nice sunset pictures.


Salt Lake City, Utah as the sun is setting.


Back home after another great trip.
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Tucson in October
We had a free weekend in October and had not been to Tucson in a couple of years, so we booked a weekend at the Starr Pass.

The flight from Salt Lake to Tucson is amazing with good weather. It is about a 3.25 hr flight in the RV-10 running LOP.
This time we used Uber from the airport to the hotel and it was much easier and cheaper than renting a car.

Kids told me they wanted to see out the front. This picture turned out funny, it makes your inner child smile.


Anna reading on the way. The kids are getting more and more comfortable in the plane. We have had a couple of flights where they got sick in rough air and try to pick nice and smooth days to fly.



We always enjoy hiking right from the hotel in the Tucson Mountain Park. The cactus and hike to the Bowen home is always a fun and is an easy trail. Kids did awesome.
Cactus in Tucson


Bowen home






Of course, they just want to play at the water slide, lazy river or build forts in the hotel room.
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Lets Fly!
We had some great days just heading to the hangar and playing around.

Had my brother’s kindergarten class visit to learn about building and flying for a couple of hours one day.


The cousins always love to come up for a fun day.




Cousins headed for a flight.
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The kids both wanted to sit up front and fly the plane this fall. They loved it.
It was fun to teach them the basics and they are excited to do it more.

Emily up front making me proud.


This is a short video of Emily's flight and post-flight interview.

Anna up front making me proud.


RaNae may have lost her seat. Emily was not happy that Anna got the front seat on this flight one morning to see the newly fallen snow.
Everytime we talk now about going flying somewhere for the day, they both claim the front seat.


Flying around Skypark


What a great invention!


Wishing you all a great 2017!
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Scott---------another "out of the park" report.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Been missing your postings lately.
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Great write ups!
Looks like some great adventures for your family.
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Awesome wright up, thanks. Baja and lake Powell are two of my favorite places. Starter an RV 14 a couple months ago with dreams of flying down to Baja. Would love to talk witt you some day about flying to Mexico. Almost done with the empanage and wing kit is due to arrive the end of Jan.
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Thanks for taking us along on your trip this summer. Great pictures. Your daughters are too cute. What a great experience for them at such a tender age!
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