We retired in July of 2009 in Santa Barbara, California ending careers that began in technology and speech, transitioning to education and psychology. We always enjoyed flying, especially in small planes, and in 2006 John earned a pilot license so since then we started flying much more.
In the Fall of 2009 we flew a small plane named Flash on our Big Adventure from Santa Barbara to San Diego to Maine to Florida and home. At the start of 2010 we bought a 1983 Cessna 172Q, whose name we’ve discovered is Tripp. As you’ve guessed, part of her name has to do with anticipating and planning many more trips. We began that with a 2010 North by Northwest adventure (NxNW) flight to Oshkosh and then across Canada to Alaska and home via Jasper & Banff. This blog includes the imported adventures from the Big Adventure blog we did for that trip, and we continue sharing our exploits here. In 2011 we flew, via Boise ID to Edmonton AB in hard Winter. Later that Spring 2011 we began our Meritimes trip heading from California via a southern route to Arkansas, which made the completion of landings in all U.S. states (except for HI). From Arkansas we headed north and east via Washington DC, NY, ME flying to Prince Edward Isl, NB, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, thus completing landings in all the Canadian provinces.
Islander in 2013 was our longest trip, taking a southern route again to Florida, adding the Bahamas to our list of countries (and wonderful memories). Visiting friends and family along the eastern seaboard, we again headed north, the furthest point being to Canada (Montreal & Quebec City), then home through Chicago, Santa Fe. Since then our trips have been west coast, and the Rockies in 2014 including exploring some of Colorado. John recently added a stunning coasting portfolio of Big Sur and areas north & south of it. and Hawaii is on the list, but we’ll leave Tripp home on that one. Thanks for looking, it makes our trips ever more enjoyable to share :):) updated 8/3/15
We hope you enjoy sharing our Adventures, and we welcome your Comments.