I joined the 99s

When I started my flying career in 1979, the The Ninety-Nines celebrated their 50th Birthday. As the only international organization of female pilots in the world, I considered joining the 99s founded by my hero Amelia Earhart and named after the original 99 members. Had I joined the 99s, I likely would have benefited from…

The Sky’s the Limit!

On June 25th, 2016 I attended the CFB Trenton Airshow on the very day that my dear friend and former student, Joyce Spring was celebrating her birthday.  This serendipity prompted me to post a blog about her second book, The Sky’s the Limit (2006).    Joyce’s first book, Daring Lady Flyers (1994), highlighting the stories of daring…

Quinte International Air Show 2016

Dateline: June 25-26, 2016 Organizers at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, Canada were rewarded for their tremendous efforts when approximately 80,000 people attended QIAS2016, the first airshow held at CFB Trenton since 2003.   The biannual event had always been popular but military personnel felt that, while Canadian soldiers fought overseas, a celebration would be inappropriate. The Skyhawks…

Canadian Women in the Sky

Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 years of flight. Anecdotes, histories, and first person interviews compiled by Elizabeth Gillan Muir Ph.D. chronicle Canadian aviation landmarks by women.  Gillan Muir begins with the first flights by females as aircraft passengers and their progress from stewardesses to bush pilots to airline pilots to astronauts. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing our story with…

The Slow Travel Movement

What is Slow Travel?  Just as the Slow Food Movement aims to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and advocates the avoidance of Fast Food Mega Chains, the Slow Travel Movement advocates a cultural shift from rushing to relaxing. Within the realm of Slow Travel, rushing doesn’t mean a shop-until-you-drop vacation and relaxing doesn’t mean soaking up some…

Lola goes flying

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.   Helen Keller (1880-1968) My first flight. Following the birth of my only sibling in April, my parents planned what was intended to be our “most wonderful vacation”.  The four of us, my parents, my four-month-old sister, Lynn, and seven-year-old me, would be traveling to our semi-annual family…

Xtreme cruising with Un-Cruise (Alaska 2015)

Alaska’s renowned Inside Passage kept popping up as an option for our next destination.  Almost everyone we knew who had sailed this legendary waterway – parents, friends, friends of friends – raved about their great voyages aboard opulent ocean liners.  We’d get as far as selecting a cruise line, an itinerary, and travel dates but then my index finger…