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Closing down my website and returning to Blogspot

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have a new blog: catherineensley.blogspot.com. As my web hosting renewal is coming up soon, I took a long hard look at what I was getting for $370 annually. For a number of very good reasons (even apart from the ridiculous cost), I decided that Bluehost, WordPress and Elegant Themes are not worth it. I could go into details, but I’ll spare you. So I decided to make a switch. It was very easy and, frankly, it feels good to be back at Blogspot. The endless hassles, not to mention the expense of WordPress is now over!!!! This website...

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Aeon Timeline Review

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Software and Apps Reviews | 6 comments

Aeon Timeline Review

Aeon Timeline … a perfect solution. As I am writing a series, and have completed one book and plotted two more, it’s become obvious to me that I need to keep track of events in a timeline. I tried numerous approaches, beginning with the simplest, which were making a table in Word, and then an Excel Spreadsheet. Needless to say, neither of them worked well at all. So then I experimented with some of the writing software programs I own. For example, I thought the corkboard function in Scrivener might work after a fashion, or...

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RV7 Flight home from Arizona

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 0 comments

RV7 Flight home from Arizona

  RV7 Flight home from Arizona The flight home from Wickenburg couldn’t have been more perfect. How often in November is the weather great for nearly 1000 miles? It happened on our way down and again on our way home. Because daylight hours are short this time of year, and because we would lose an hour in the switch between MST and PST, we needed to leave Wickenburg as early as possible. So we got up at 5:30 am and were in the air by 7:30 am, just as the sun was coming up. Within an hour, we were flyling over the Grand Canyon. When...

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RV7 flight to Arizona, part two

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 2 comments

RV7 flight to Arizona, part two

            Part two of our RV7 flight to Arizona. After leaving Elko, we headed toward St. George, Utah, and the longest leg of our journey.     St. George, which is in red rock country near Zion, Utah, eventually appeared. The sun was fairly low in the sky when we touched down in St. George. We needed to get to Wickenburg in just a little over an hour, when the sun set. Here’s the St. George runway. The St. George airport has a verrrry long runway, new asphalt everywhere. The FBO is just as nice as the one in Elko. Here’s...

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RV7 Flight to Arizona

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 1 comment

Last Monday, we were slated to go to Arizona. We didn’t know if we could fly, or be forced to drive, but we hoped to fly. The weather reports had all been forecasting great weather for Monday, and when we got up that morning, the forecasts were correct. So instead of driving for three days, we hopped in the plane and began the 5.5 hour flight.       The snow-capped Willowas looked lovely. Joseph and Enterprise, Oregon, at the foothills of the mountains, had a dusting of frost. The weather was a bit unsettled, and we flew...

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A Flight around Mt. St. Helens

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 1 comment

A couple weeks ago, we flew around Mt. St. Helens with some friends. We flew our RV-7 and they flew their RV-8. Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. Since then the mountain’s been rebuilding itself at an astonishing rate. When we visited it a few years ago, experts at the interpretive center gave us an estimate. By my husband’s quick mental calculations, the huge crater might have completely rebuilt itself by the time we’re 80 years old. Geologically speaking, that’s the lifespan of a gnat. We’re hoping to be...

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Flying Across Washington

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 1 comment

Flying across Washington … always interesting and sometimes frightening We flew across the state to visit Mike’s mother in Anacortes recently. Including two road trips, it’s been a busy two weeks’ worth of travel. Like last year, we were in Canada over July 4th. This year, we went to Vernon, B.C., roughly a seven-hour drive north. It was lovely, but I decided a while back to record only our flying adventures on the blog. So here goes about our flight across Washington. First, my camera battery gimped out. I...

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Johnson Creek, Idaho

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 1 comment

Johnson Creek, Idaho

On July 1, 2014, the guys flew to Johnson Creek, Idaho, Idaho’s premiere air strip …     The guys–Mike, Vince and Steve, builders of an RV6, an RV7, and an RV8, flew into the Idaho back country, leaving their wives at home.  More specifically, they flew into Johnson Creek, the premiere airstrip of Idaho’s fabulous array of back country strips.  None of the guys had ever flown into Johnson Creek, which was one of the reasons they wanted to do it alone the first time. They said they needed to test their...

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Grand Coulee Dam From the Air

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in RV-7 Flying Adventures | 4 comments

It’s been a couple years since we’ve seen Grand Coulee Dam from the air   So we decided to go see it the other night. If you’ve never seen it, it’s very impressive!    In this first picture, we’re coming up from behind it and are about 500 feet above the ground. (That’s flying quite low.) We did a steep banked turn and alas, no water flowing over the spillway! Here’s another view of the dam.  If you look beyond the dam to the upper part of the picture, you see Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock....

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Zulu

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Zulu

Zulu When pilots get on the radio and talk to other pilots, or a control tower, or an Air Traffic Control Center, they have to identify themselves by using their “N” number. The “N” number of our airplane is N708X. Sometimes radio communication is quite indistinct, and certain letters might not be heard correctly. Therefore, all pilots use the Aviation Phonetic Alphabet to identify letters. My husband would say, “Tower, this is November 7-0-8 X-ray,” and the tower wouldn’t be confused, thinking he...

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