Headed to bed early and we are going kayaking in the morning. =)
June 30, 2016 I slept for 2 hours before Tony sent me a text at 5 am and realized he woke me up. I got up to see Janice before she headed to work, talked with Nate to debrief after my flight, visited with Rich before he went to work and then slept from 9-1 for some much needed sleep. I have never had alcohol before and certainly never been hungover, but this must be what it feels like. I don't like it! My husband is like this all the time with his crazy firefighter schedule. I like to be predictable, sleep, etc. at regular times. This has been quite a unique experience for me. I called several friends, my folks and spent more time on the phone today than I have in several weeks combined. Thank you to everyone who prayed for my safety. It was a great flight!
Headed to bed early and we are going kayaking in the morning. =)
June 29th, 2016 I presented at the Content Teaching Academy at JMU for Adapted Physical Education this morning and then headed off to the airport. I was nervous about the presentation and flight so I am glad to get one thing off my plate. Completed my flight planning, prepped the plane and took off at 1:50 pm. Thank you Bill for coming over and praying with me before my great adventure! You and Colleen have become dear friends and I am so thankful for both of you. Weather looks amazing and I will see how far I can make it today.
Took off again and headed to KMVN Mount Vernon, Illinois for the next 1.5 leg of my flight. The FBO (terminal was closed), but a guy let me in to use the restroom. This was going to be my overnight stop, but there was still 1 hour of daylight, it was beautiful outside and I felt great. The airport manager and I picked my next stop and he said keep going if you feel good. I was considering the same thing so........ we selected KUUV Sullivan Regional, Missouri and I was off again in less than 30 min. Slipped into Sullivan right at dark and now had a big decision to make. Everything here was closed, it was dark and I felt great. I filled up my tanks at the self-serve fuel (the reason we picked this airport), filed my next flight plan and decided to make a 3 hour push all the way to Wichita, Kansas. Never dreamed I would make it the entire way in one day. WAY past my bedtime yet I was wired. Checked the weather, smooth sailing today and bad weather and winds tomorrow. Felt like I had autopilot in the plane because it was SO smooth and I didn't want to pass up the opportunity for the flying with a tailwind! I sent a text to Rich and Janice in Kansas and told them I would be there in 3 hours. Sent them www.flightaware.com and my tail number 551PA so they could track my progress (y0u can too!). Took off in the dark and headed west. I was required to do 10 night takeoffs and landings or my commercial license so I felt comfortable flying at night, especially into a new airport.
I sang and prayed the entire way and had a great time. Beautiful sky and even saw a shooting star. I love those! ATC was lining me up for the approach at KAAO Jabara Airport in Wichita, Kansas and I couldn't make out the runway lights. A jet even landed before me. There are many airports in the area and lots of city lights so I was recycled out to try the ILS approach. This time I could see where I was going and landed at 1:30 am Central time and 2:30 am Eastern. A guy at the airport came out to greet me after he put the big jet in a hanger and I eventually connected with Rich! We were both wide awake at such a crazy hour. So good to see him and thanks for coming to get me on such short notice. We biked 3,700 miles together in 2006 and have been friends ever since!
We put the plane in a hanger, filled out the paperwork and headed to the Lind household. I will let you guess which plane is mine and which one I would love to fly one day! I don't want to own it- just be able to fly it! =)
So thankful for the safe travels, alertness, all the prayers from family and friends and a few days rest in Kansas before moving on to Colorado. Time to sleep!
June 25th, 2016 I sit here working on lesson plans, studying, packing and reflecting on my life since March 7th when I earned my single engine commercial pilot's license. The deadline was March 15th and way too close for me! I applied for an Amelia Earhart Scholarship through the 99's in December and had to finish my commercial training to remain eligible. Thank you to Steve Showalter who taught me to fly 3 years ago in N551PA! Thank you to Nathan Krobath my flight instructor at Blue Ridge Aviation who helped me to finish my training on time even though he got really sick for several weeks! You are a wonderful flight instructor and I am so thankful we have met. Seems like everything since my checkride has been a blur.
The next week mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, my father had surgery twice that week for kidney stones (he only has one kidney due to complications from his aorta aneurysm 3 years ago), I had a questionable place removed and biopsied from my forehead that came back as skin cancer (thankfully caught in the early stages) and I found out the last week of April that I won the full scholarship to pay for my flight instructor rating. What a roller coaster and I give thanks to the Lord for sustaining me.
I took off from work starting May 16th to take care of my mom and pop during her cancer treatments. She cares for my father, I am an only child and she needed all the help she could get. I saved my leave at work for 18 years in case I ever needed to use it for my folks. Thank you to my student teacher Aislinn Lucas who finished up her placement from EMU and then came on to finish up the year for me. Thank you to Heather Amon for picking up the work load at TA while I was gone. May you have a restful summer!
Our log home needed staining this year so I managed to stain on days between the rain as I bounced back and forth from my own home and my folks. Tony even helped and he HATES to paint! Felt so good to move back home last week as we celebrated mom's last cancer treatment! She rang the bell, hugged all her nurses and was surprised at how emotional she was at the end. She is doing well and so appreciative of the help from everyone. I am grateful for the health care folks at Augusta Medical and the Augusta Health Center. What a great team! Mom has great friends who are helping her when I cannot be around and I thank all of you (Terri, Jean, Diane, Linda)!
Mom let me take her flying last week for the 1st time! It was incredible. Her friend Jean wanted to go up so we went up to see if it was smooth and clear. It was perfect and Mom said yes! What a way to celebrate her last treatment! Thank you mom for letting me share the world of aviation with you. I was hooked a long time ago and so glad you overcame your fear of flying. I told her there are not too many moms that can say their daughter took them flying. What a special day that I will remember forever!
I leave Wed to fly myself to Wichita, Kansas to see Rich and Janice for a couple of days! We biked across the USA in 2006 and have been friends ever since. Can't wait to see you both and I have wanted to fly that way for 3 years. Then I am on to Fort Collins, Colorado to earn my CFI rating (Certified Flight Instructor rating). So much studying since March! I will be staying on the field and totally immersing myself in my studies. Intense! All my written tests are completed and I am so thankful for the 99's HUGE investment in me to make this possible. I hope to make you all proud. Linda and Suzanne- you have been so encouraging to me the last few years and I say thank YOU! I look forward to teaching students how to fly in the plane in addition to the ground school instruction I started teaching through Blue Ridge Community College last year.