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My plan is to use this site to share my life stories. Some good, some sad and some very adventurous.
Will share stories and experiences of flying in southeast Alaska.
It is fun to ponder those stories, and reminded me of my momma, who has passed on, and did not want to hear my stories. She still saw me as her baby boy, flying as a commercial pilot at 19 years old, seeing my pics, I really was just a puppy. Now, being a parent myself, completely understand her feeling, as I have a young one who is a US Marine. Could not be more proud, but I still see my little guy. Oh boy.
So, there will stories and am looking forward to sharing them.
To anyone who ever had the dream of becoming an Aviator, know exactly how this youngling feels.
I HAVE TO BE A PILOT! IT IS WHAT I WAS BORN TO DO!
IT IS WHO I AM.
The Ellis Airlines Grumman Goose. This is the aircraft that helped to fan the flames for my love of Aviation. I was always so fascinated by this aircraft.
I was on the beach with my grandfather when they drove the plane out of the water onto the beach, down by the ball field in my little home town of Metlakatla, Alaska. I was so amazed. It was, and is such a noisy plane. I loved it. My grandfather said, watch this. Cover your ears!
The photo on the left is an Ellis Airline Grumman Goose at our Airport. The Annette Island Airport. People used to take off from the airport and land on the water way in Ketchikan Alaska. About a 12-15 minute flight.
This is where my love of Aviation began. Unable to get away from this idea that my love for this industry began with a Seaplane. My heart and imagination would soar with anticipation that one day! One Day my life will be in the Skies.
#grummangoose #aviation #seaplanes #annetteisland #metlakatla
Forget Rednecks, here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Alaskans:
If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you may live in Alaska.
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If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Alaska.
If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Alaska.
If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Alaska.
If you know several people who have hit a moose more than once, you may live in Alaska.
If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you may live in Alaska.
If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Alaska.
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Alaska.
If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Alaska.
If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Alaska.
If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph — you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Alaska.
If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Alaska.
If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Alaska.
If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Alaska.
If you find 10 degrees ‘a little chilly’, you may live in Alaska.
If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to your entire Alaskan friends & others, you definitely live in Alaska
Just a light humor for this eve!!! Enjoy. 🙂
Top 10 Things Native Americans Can Say To A White Person
- How much white are you?
- I’m part white myself, you know.
- I learned all your people’s ways in the Boy Scouts.
- My great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded white American Princess.
- Funny, you don’t look white.
- Where’s your powdered wig and knickers?
- Do you live in a covered wagon?
- What’s the meaning behind the square dance?
- What’s your feeling about Las Vegas casinos? Do they really help your people, or are they just a short-term fix?
- Hey, can I take your picture
Love this story about the, “Chinese Bamboo Tree”
I like the story of the Chinese bamboo tree: You take a little seed, plant it, water it,
and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens.
The second year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens.
The third year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens.
How discouraging this becomes!
The fifth year you continue to water and fertilize the seed and then—take note.
Sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo tree sprouts
and grows NINETY FEET IN SIX WEEKS!
Life is much akin to the growing process of the Chinese bamboo tree.
It is often discouraging. We seemingly do things right, and nothing happens
But for those who do things right and are not discouraged
and are persistent, things will happen. Finally we begin to receive the rewards.
I am now receiving the rewards of seeds that were planted 5 years ago
You are as well. Are you getting the results you want?
If not, begin today to sow the seeds of what you want 5 years from now.
Remember, if you keep doing what you’ve always done,
you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten.
The question, “What Am I on Earth for”? That seems to be a question that a great many people find themselves asking.
I love this quote by Mark Twain:
“…The day you were born and the day you find out why.”
Why Were We Born? That is a great question. I believe that I was placed to walk on my trails of life and have, like a very many people, had struggles and from those very struggles learned some good lessons. Knowledge and revelation was born out of some very real, life pain. Those lessons learned, now gives an opportunity to talk about the road less traveled and help other people walking along the same trail. Is it easy? Yes, at times it is and other times, Not so much. And you know what? That is okay.
We are here to help make a positive impact on those who are having a difficult time and just need a word of encouragement. “You Got This! You Can Do It! Don’t Give Up! Keep Pushing Forward!” There were those that have gone before me that taught me along the way, and learned to listen to the wisdom that they had to share.
Yes, YOU have a chance to be a word of encouragement for someone today.
The Annette Island Airport. This is where my Love of Aviation was Born. I remember my dad and mom taking me out to our little airport and got to see Pan-Am and Ellis Air and the Grumman Goose Aircraft, in picture and occasionally a Coast Guard Helicopter as well. I instantly became amazed by these big, loud machines. I was 4 years old. Was always excited when I heard a seaplane out in our harbor.
Where I grew up in South East Alaska, it was an island. I grew up in a native village known as Metlakatla, Alaska. Our areas of industry was commercial fishing and lumber. And in order to get from one town to another, you either went by boat or plane. There were no roads connecting you to any other town. I remember one time, not sure how old I was, but my Dad, Mom and I went out to our airport, and they told me that we were taking a plane from our Airport to Ketchikan, which is normally a 12-15 minute flight. I was so excited.
We boarded the plane, I was so full of excitement. My parents would give each other the look, you know the look. If you are a parent, you know what I mean. The engines began to start up, I got to sit in the window, as we taxied out, I was a chatter box, so many questions were “Flying” around in my head. This was my first plane ride. And we were going in a Jet from our little airport to Ketchikan. We began the takeoff roll and I was being pushed backwards into my seat. I sat up to look out the window to only to see how fast we were going, then we began the lift off. WOW! We began our climb, and it seemed like forever to get to Ketchikan, we climbed way up into the sky, as I looked out the window, the world below became very small. I could see the ocean, and islands. It was amazing to my little heart! I remember turning to my mom and telling here that I thought the clouds looked like marshmellows! LOL. I also asked, why it is taking so long to get to Ketchikan. That is when I caught the look between my mom and dad again. Hmmm….THEN, the Captain came across the intercom and told us that we will begin our Descent into, “Seattle!” Seattle, what is a Seattle, that does not sound like Ketchikan! LOL. Again, I was full of questions as we were flying over the city and I thought, man, Ketchikan is bigger than I thought!!
My first trip to Seattle. We stayed at a place called the Claremont Hotel, on 4th avenue, downtown Seattle. I became a tourist! Went on a cool thing called a Monorail. It cost $.10 for the ride to a place called the Seattle Center. That was a cool place. I was overwhelmed by it all. And then looking up at what looked like a Space Ship. And we went up in an Elevator to the top of that thing. The Space Needle!!! Wow!
Yes, my first plane ride took my to Seattle. And it is one that I will never ever forget! In my heart, the decision was made, one day, I WILL be a Pilot!
It is who I am. 🙂
To blog or Not to Blog, that is the question.
So, time to begin my new blogging journey.
Today, had the best time. Went up to Sunnyside FC to help them unload pallet after pallet of hardwood flooring that was donated.
It was alot of flooring material. With the amount of people that showed up to help, it took just over 2 maybe 3 hours to completely unload that Semi of the boxes of flooring. It was alot of fun, because I got to know some of the people there and that is always fun.
To see how they interact with each other was hilarious and just plain fun! Loved it. We all now have sore arms and backs from that work, but it was just so worth it. Love the people who are leaders of this group. Made me proud in my heart.
When we were finished, it really did take up about 1/4 of this huge room.
AMAZING. Now, my arms, are bruised and my shoulder and back are sore, but it was fun, like I said a moment ago.