Page 5 of 8

Live With A Passion

Live with a Passion

One of the many things that have been great life lessons for me, on this journey we call life, is simply this, when you do something, anything in life, do it with Passion!  

What are you Passionate about?

Some of things that I am passionate about.

Aviation

One of the first Planes I learned to fly in.  The Cessna 172
Many of the Seaplanes I flew in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Back in the 80’s.   
Temsco Airlines

Skywest Airlines.  The EMB-120.  Used to go to work in that bird everyday for many year. 

My Favorite Private Jet Aircraft.  The Fastest Corporate Jet in the World.  The Citation X.
She is a beautiful aircraft.

Discover what you are passionate about.  And just make it happen.   Another area of passion that I have in my life is that of cooking.

Cooking

Cooking with FRESH ingrediants!  The best!

One of the fun things about cooking, is taking simple ingrediants and creating a meal that is so delicious.   And great thing about cookins is you have a chance to share the experience with your family.

Teaching your children about healthy foods and creating a chance on a life skill, and 
how to eat good foods!   Great experience.
Cooking is alot of fun!  
Try it!   Get in that kitchen, create a meal!  🙂

One of my Favorite Quotes on the Subject.

Now is the time to discover what you are passionate about.  Chase after it.  Make it happen.  It can be a great journey to experience.  

Tell me, what is your life passion?

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai!

Now that is a catchy title indeed.

Lihue, Kauai.

Also know as the Garden Island.

Lihue, Kauai

There is so much to do on this little Island.

Has a small Mountain Range:

Kauai Mountains

Has Many Beautiful Beaches:

Kauai Beaches

Has a Major Airport:

 

 

Many Hotels and Resorts to choose from:

Hotels and Resorts

We stayed at the Aqua, Kauai Beach Resort.

Kauai Beach Resort 2018

A beautiful Property, with multiple swimming pools.

kbr-fb-image

A great property, right on the ocean.  Had three restaurants on site as well.

Several Lu’aus to choose from.  A recommended one would be, “The Smith Family Lu’au”!

smith-family-luau 2018

excerpt from the family site:

https://www.smithskauai.com/garden-luau/

Aloha! Over 50 years ago, Grandpa started our family business in this sacred Wailua River Valley. We created our tropical paradise to celebrate the Hawaiian spirit of aloha that he loved and lived by. Today, four generations of my family continue to honor that tradition with the most famous of Hawaiian celebrations, the luau. Come share the traditions of our island home and become part of our ‘ohana.

Of course, the heart of any luau is the pa‘ina, the feast, and we’ll make sure you don’t go hungry. Kalua pig roasted in the earthen imu oven. Cousin Gary’s secret recipe for teriyaki beef. Ono mahimahi and tasty chicken adobo. Our family bowl of poi (which Grandma insists you try). We’ll even get some of you up on stage to try some hula moves as dinner winds down.

Food may be the heart of a luau, but music is the soul. Our Hawaiian ancestors preserved their history by passing down songs and chants called mele. At our luau, we celebrate these traditions, as well as the songs and dances from other cultures that live in our tropical paradise. The lyrical sway of the Hawaiian hula, the colorful precision of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance all speak deeply of the people who have come to call Hawaii home. We proudly share this rhythm of aloha with you.

This was truly a fun experience.  To see the passion in the people that put this event together was incredible and very heart felt.  I was moved by the whole thing, to learn of the culture of the beautiful people in the region.

Zip N Dip

Zip N Dip.

Picture is the final ride, known as King Kong!  We were able to have our picture taken, while holding hands, right after jumping off the ledge!

Another fun event that we participated in was zip lining.

We did the Zip N Dip!  A 9 line zip line tour!   Halfway through the adventure, we at lunch in this ravine and got to go swimming in the river, as our lunch was being put together.

Zip Line Tour

Yes, we got to walk over this bridge, that was very high over the stream below, and there was quite a bit of space between each step, and it was a suspension bridge, so the whole rocked and rolled, as you walked over it.  Yes, it was a great adventure.

I would highly recommend this event.

This is the company we chose for this event.

Princeville Ranch

Another great thing to do is head to the South West side of the island.

And go see Waimai Canyon.

88544486 - waipoo falls in waimea canyon, kauai, hawaii.

Absolutely stunning views at this canyon.

waimea_canyon_rainbow

Waimea Canyon Lookout

This really is a must see!  It is amazing, beautiful, breathtaking.  Simply awesome!

There really is alot to do on this island.  These are just a few of the highlights we experienced while visiting this region.

 

Why Juicing and Smoothies will make you question EVERYTHING!

Why Juicing and Smoothies Will Make You Question Everything!

Well, there really is ALOT of truth to this statement!

TRUTH

So, what is there something to this “Juicing and Smoothie” Craze that seems to be hitting big across the world?

Well, you will have to decide that for yourself.

A number of months, I made a life changing decision.  One that has affected me, and I believe for the rest of my life.  The decision was made to begin eating smoothies.  Which consisted of “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”   That my body was indeed a temple and really, was doing a horrible job at taking care of this temple.  So, in a positive moment of self talk, said, “Self, you need to change how you do everything.  Including what you eat!”  “No one else is going to do it for you, you have to make this happen, now!”

Up until this point, my body was overweight by like 60-70 pounds, was on high blood pressure meds and medicine for my heart.  Yeah, this was not how my life was suppose to end up.  So, my journey begin.  So, like many other people in this world today, I “Googled, Smoothie Recipes!”  Wow!  That was amazing!

closeup photo of strawberry shake

There were so many different recipes to choose from!

kiwi fruit beside drinking glass filled with kiwi shake

Some for weight loss and others for, general, over all well being!   At first, I sought the ones for weight loss.  Then began to realize that this, these are all good.  Then ran into someone on the same journey and they pointed me in the direction of a guy, and many others now, who are on the same journey.  His site has changed my life:

Juicing for Weight Loss

https://www.rebootwithjoe.com/

Please take a moment to visit his site, as there is a wealth of information there that may change your idea about what Juicing and Smoothies are and they help your body!  The amount of help it brings to your body is incredible.  You will begin to understand the difference between fresh, processed and ultra processed foods are, and how they help or hinder your system.

Fresh Processed Ultra Processed

For me, the discovery of fresh fruits and vegetables are the best thing for your system.  I began my smoothie journey, and found recipes on Pinterest:

pinterest

Found ALOT of great and helpful recipes.  Began this journey as my body was not in a very good place, health wise.   Was overweight, dealing with high blood pressure as a result.  So, a light came on in my heart one day, and thought, better do something about this, now.  So, I took action.  And a very close friend shared a sight with me:  http://www.rebootwithjoe.com.

Joe Cross was obese and sick with a crippling autoimmune disease. He chronicled his 100-pound total weight loss*,along with his 60-day juice fast,in his film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” He called his diet a “Reboot.”

And as stated before, this was an amazing discovery for my Journey.

Alaska wait what

Juicing, smoothies, fresh fruits and vegetables?  Really, this is the answer?

Alaskan head scratch

Yes, this was the answer.   Since this journey began for me, I have lost over 50+ pounds, the doctor has removed me off of, one of four, blood pressure medications, and the goal is to remove me off all of them, by years end.  (2018).

 

 

yeah printed white board

Yes, seeing what processed foods have done to my system, and how OUR bodies are not designed to process these foods, foods that are full of sodium and chemicals and preservatives, instead do damage to our body, for me, was a very big eye opener.

So now, it is fresh fruits and vegetables:

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Cooking with fresh foods:

Fresh foods.jpg

I encourage you to visit the idea of Juicing and doing smoothies in your life.  You may be very excited to see the results of this decision.

 

 

 

Why Flowers are more Tempting than Cinnabon

Why Flowers are more Tempting than Cinnabon

Well, yet another catchy Title.

And for me, this is entirely true, as many people who know me, have discovered that Flowers and Gardening a new passion for me!

red garden plant green

 

Gardening  is so much fun, playing in the dirt, planting life into the ground:

man planting plant

 

There really does seem to be something about moving dirt around, removing weeds, creating a safe haven for new plants.

Well, every now and then, we go through hard times, and for me, that time was this past Saturday, where there was an episode of blood pressure problems, and it got a little crazy for a bit.  Was I scared!  Moments of fear yes, been through this a couple of times in life.  Kinda scary, but now I know what to expect.  As it all went away, and began to feel better.

Well, having said that, only a handful of people knew about this, and one of those Dear friends sent me a small vase of wild flowers!

Vase of Wildflowers

 

I love the color palette of our Creator.

More Beautiful Texture.jpg

And the Textures:

Love The Texture.jpg

 

Some other examples of Colors and Textures that are just beautiful!

in our Rose Garden:

A rose

 

Also in our Garden:

From our Rose Garden

The DogWood Tree:

The Dogwood Tree

 

My little garden box:

My little garden

 

Yes, color and textures in nature to me is amazing!  I love to look at plant life.

The different patterns, the different sizes.  The different color mixtures in one flower and or plant.  AMAZING!

So yeah, this is why, “Why Flowers are more Tempting than Cinnabon”  At least in my world.  🙂

 

What The Amish Can Teach You About the Citation X

“What the Amish can teach you about the Citation X”

What a catchy little title.  You know, the Amish can teach you a great many things about land management, working together to create a successful community.  The ability to grow the very, and healthy foods I might add, that we eat.  How they are able to create such amazing wood work.  I mean, yes, the Amish people do have my respect for a great many things.  But, the Amish cannot teach you a thing about the Cessna Citation X.   🙂

The Citation X:

Citation X at Cruise

She is a Beautiful Aircraft.  This is her at cruising altitude.

The Citation X is the fastest Corporate Jet in the World Today:

Citation X exterior

Normal Cruise is 604 Miles Per Hour

The Citation X was first announced in 1990.  The first delivery was to Arnold Palmer in August of 1996.

Arnold Palmer - Citation X

At just over a 23 foot cabin interior the Citation X boasts a very comfortable Cabin for sure.  Typical seating is for 8 or 9 passengers:

Citation X Interior 2.jpg

The Range Map of the Citation X 3,125 nautical miles:

Citation X Range Map

She can go coast to coast non stop.  Just over 4 hours from Seattle to New York.

A beautiful aircraft.  Very popular aircraft to be certain.

One of the things that is noticeable about this bird are the size of the Engines, powered by two Rolls Royce, Turbo Fan Engines:

Citation X on the Ramp

Seriously!  This aircraft looks like it is going FAST!  Just sitting on the Ramp!!

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 12 passengers[6]
  • Length: 72 ft 4 in (22.05 m)
  • Wingspan: 63 ft 7 in (19.38 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 2 in (5.84 m)
  • Wing area: 527.0 ft² (48.96 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.8:1
  • Empty weight: 21,600 lb (9,798 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 35,700 lb or 36,100 lb[6] (16,374 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce/Allison AE 3007C or 3007C1 turbofan, 6,442 lbs or 6,764 lbs (28.66 kN or 30.09 kN[6]) each

 

Yes, the Amish people may know alot about the land and it’s community.  But not too much about the Citation X.  Pretty certain if you were in the Upper NE area of the United States, and asked an Amish Member about the Citation X, you may just get a blank Stare!

Ask them about farming, wood, foods, family and community, and you will get all the info you need.

 

How a Farm House Can Make Me a Better Person

For many years now.  I love the idea of owning a farm house on some land.   A Farm house with a Wrap Around Porch.

The Wrap Around Porch.jpg

 

With Swing(s) and chairs on the wrap around deck:

Swings on the Porch

 

There is just something about this idea that will bring such peace, tranquility.  And to hear the wildlife.

You can her the Local Woodpeck tapping at a near by tree:

close up of peacock

 

The Sound of the Humming Birds as they feed of their feeds on the corners of the Wrap Around Porch:

humming bird

 

Land to plant a large vegetable garden:

young salad

 

On the the wrap around, also growing some fresh herbs:

Front Porch Herbs

 

Then, there’s the Kitchen (let your imagination run with this one)  Mine would be a very large, commercial style kitchen.  Reason?   I love to Cook.  Period!  LOL:

farmhouse kitchen

And then there is the family gathering area, again, let you imagine take you.  I prefer Lodge style, but also, open to modern and contemporary:

Farmhouse living area

There is just so much to this idea of a farmhouse.  Not that I am a recluse, but like the outdoors, the sounds of wildlife, the fresh air blowing through the trees.  The time to sit on the deck, with a good book, or journal, and have a very real moment of feeling inspired.  Yes.  Being in areas like this, stir my imagination and creativity.  To write, to listen, and to write some more.  A place for little one to run and play with no worries of Cars and neighbors.    Yes, there is something about living in the country.  And one day, the Farm House will become a reality:

brown horse at grass field in front of white house

A two Story is a must, with a full, and finished basement.  It will be simply amazing.

Those are a few of a reasons why a “FarmHouse will help make me a better person.”

 

#farmhouse #land #horses #chickens #commercial kitchen #garden(s) #swings #family

The Sword of “Truth”

So Today has been a very fun filled day.  Got to visit a place in Alabany, OR called:

Permagrafix Tattoo

A great clean shop.  A great Artist who does fantastic work.  I would highly recommend Permagrafix Tatto.

They transformed my Concept Art:

Concept Art

Transferred the photo to my Right Forearm:

Transfer from Paper to forearm.jpg

Then the completed the outline of my concept:

OutLine complete.jpg

Then, took a couple minute break before he shaded up the work:

Work complete.jpg

Work is done, and it looks soooo good.  I am so happy how this turned out.

This journey began many many years ago, while I was living in California.  One night, I had a dream, and in the dream, I was laying on a flat table, it was a very nice day outside, the room was circular and all glass!  And I could hear, this noise, it was the machine for the tattoo needle and the Sword in the picture was being placed on my back.

The top of the handle was located at the base of my neck and the tip of the blade was just above my tail bone.

I will actually have that done as well, but not many people will see that.  So I decided to have this one placed on my right forearm and be able to share it with everybody.

Yes, it was a great day indeed.   🙂

What Everyone Is Saying About The Ocean

WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT THE OCEAN

It is Spring time, and one of my favorite things to do is head to the Ocean.  And realize, that is a sentiment shared by a great many people.  There just truly is something that is just magical about being by the ocean.  Sitting or walking on the beach:

body of water near mountain under blue sky at daytime

For me, it has become a place where i am able to sit on the beach:

alone beach boy day

A place to gather your thoughts, reflect to get inspired!  There is just something about the beauty of God’s Creation that can bring a very real time of refreshing:

beach beautiful california clouds
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

A place to listen to the waves crashing against the beach, and sometimes you can hear the gravel protest against the waves:

beach during sunset

A great place to Walk Barefoot in the Sand:

woman and man walking near seashore

On many occasions, I have witnessed people getting married on the Beach some extravagant:

beach wedding ceremony during daytime

And others very Simple:

Simple Beach Wedding

Or just go beachcombing and make some fun discoveries of what live in the ocean and what lives in the tide pools:

shells on shore

Yes, people go to the ocean for different reasons.  But the common thread in all of those reasons, is a time of being refreshed.  And many times, people cannot seem to describe just how being at the Ocean affects the, but some how, they know, in their knower, that it has.

So, what is your reason for going to the ocean?

So It Begins

There has always been that dream in my heart about becoming an Aviator.  To become a pilot, to Fly A Plane.   My heart belonged in the Sky.

Back in the Late 80’s, my Aviation Journey began.  It involved creating an opportunity to go to a flight school and having the money to do so.

Located a flight school, in Northern California.  Located in Lakeport, CA.  A small airfield known as Lampson Field.  The school was called, “Lake County Aviation”.

You can see the Flight School and the House I lived in while going to the flight school.

aerial photograph Lampson Field, Lakeport, Lake County, California

A little flight school.  Okay, so the school was located, now to obtain the funding needed.  Was able to obtain a grant from the State of Alaska.   (Exciting)  So, the date was set.  Flew down to San Francisco on Western Airlines and one of the flight instructors flew down to pick me up.  I was 18 years old.  And was chasing my dream!  I was beyond excited!

The instructor picked me up in a Cessna 182.  FUN!

Cessna 182

She was a pretty little complex airplane.  Loved it.  My Instructors name was Par’.  He was from Sweden.  Nice young man.

He flew into SFO to pick me up.  I was pretty amazed.

Landing sfo 28L

It is a Big Airport.

SFO_map

Felt so empowered to be in this Cessna 182 around all the big Jet Aircraft.  Pretty sure they, “The Airliners” didn’t like it that much.  LOL.  But it was an experience that will not, soon be forgotten.

For 6 1/2 to 7 months, I lived, breathed and everything Aviation.

Learn to Fly Here

First Intro Flight in the Cessna 172.  So Fun.

flight training

Final approach into Lampson Field.

Final Approach into Lampson Field

This Flight Computer and I became very good friends.  It was really fun to learn how to use this devise.

The Good Ole E6B Flight Computer.  Who Remembers these?

the E6B

Did nothing else really, but learn about flying, and all that entails.

The time literally flew by.  Worked on and received my Private Pilots License,

1200px-Private_Pilot

Commercial Pilots License,

commercial-pilot-license.jpg

My Instrument Rating Added,

instrument panel

as well as my Seaplane Rating, also added.

N17597 One of the first Temsco Birds I flew DHC2

and passed my Written exam to become an instructor.

flight instructors

Memories.

After logging about 12 hours flight instruction, and many hours on ground instruction, came the day, it was Solo time.  What every pilot dreams about.  Taking the plane up by yourself.  It was excitement, anticipation and complete fear, all rolled into one emotion!

how you feel on your first Solo

Yup, that photo right there, pretty much sums it all up!!

To be Continued!

to be continued