Sunday, January 27, 2008

Duane & Carol's Airport!!!!!!!

This is Duane & Carol's new Home/Airport. Its out in the country near Aguila, AZ. The streets are RUNWAYs and airplanes have the right of way!!!

Man O Man, what a FUN day today was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Duane and Carol Sprague had invited us to their NEW Airport HOME!!!! It is AWESOME!!!!

What a TREAT it was to visit them.......Duane is a Pilot and loves flying. Many of you know that I have a pilot's license and I love to fly also. I don't get many chances anymore and always look for any opportunity to get in the AIR!! I was so worried that the winds or the weather would not be good enough today so that we could fly.
Duane and Carol used to live here at North Ranch and Duane had a Glider. He could remove the wings and store the glider in a trailer. Every time he wanted to go up flying he had to tow it to the airport and put it together and get a tow plane to tow him up. Fun, but kind of a hassle. About a year ago, Duane purchased a NEAT brand new little 2-place plane. Boy it was nice!!! Ever since I saw it the first time, I wanted to fly in it. Duane knew I was extremely anxious to fly with him. However, he wanted to get a few hours "seat" time in it before he would be comfortable taking passengers. Couldn't argue with that!!!!:-) Duane wanted to find a place closer to an airport. Did he EVER luck out...They found this beautiful home with an AIRPORT. Plus, it was only about 30 miles away from North Ranch. The Sprague's had an extremly nice place here at the Ranch, so it was no easy decision to give it up and move. But this chance of a lifetime came along on this neat place and they couldn't pass it up! WAIT until you see it !!!!!! The move was no easy task, but they got it done. We hadn't seen the place, only heard about it, so it was a special treat and we were IMPRESSED!!!! Love the place!!!! Its out in the country on a big lot and the house and the hanger are FANTASTIC!!!!! What a GREAT privilege it is to know these SUPER people!!!

Here are more pictures of it and our flight:

Duane says "OK, I'm ready to go". Lets get up there, as the winds were starting to worry us. We took off!!! 10 minutes after we got there, we were in the air!!!

Pat is all strapped in and ready to go..............I think she was a "little" nervious but didn't want me to know it!! :-)

As you can see there is a lot of window, so visibility is SUPERB!!!!
Here is a shot of Duane and Carol's place from the air.

We flew over to North Ranch and I took a picture as Duane circled.

This is our lot at the Ranch. See the 8 solar panels on my roof and the Volvo in front of it? Click on the picture and blow it up a little.

Here we are coming in for final on Runway 17, just a couple hundred feet off the ground. We had a little crosswind fron the left and small light planes are much more difficult to land in a cross wind than heavier ones, but Duane did just fine and we touched down smoothly. I was impressed.

After such a wonderful day, what better could top it off than a beautiful delicious dinner served by Carol. WOW,,,,,,,,,,,
Now believe me when I say this was a GREAT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much to our good, long time friends Duane and Carol. Plus, you know what? They even invited us back!!! I didn't hesitate when I answered "You Bet!!"
We'll see you guys soon.
Wednesday, my oldest son and I will be flying from Tucson to Omaha. Mikel will be prepared for the bone marrow transplant. We will be there about a week. I'll try to keep you up to date on our trip Journal......
There are more pictures of our visit at the Spragues place on my Web album :
I don't have them labeled yet, but will soon.
We will be doing another special on the Spragues in the future. I know you're all dying to know more about these interesting "special" people.
Take care and please keep Scott in your prayers.
See ya later

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