Touring the Country, One State at a Time

By now you should know that I have a passion for photography. I love taking tons of pictures (especially when taking trips to different parts of the country) so that later in life I can take a trip down memory lane or to share them with those I think might be interested.

To get started, I would like to share a few photos of some recent travels of mine.

Heading down I-40 East towards Nashville, I decided to take some black and whites of the landscape surrounding me.

Once I arrived in Nashville to enjoy The Southern Festival of Books, I took a picture of The Hermitage Hotel, also in black and white.

So far in my life, I have been to 20 out of 50 U.S. states. That’s a lot right? But what constitutes as me having been to a state you might be wondering? Well, I have to step foot in that state for it to count and so far, I have stepped foot in 24 amazing states. Now lets move on to tour the Chattanooga Aquarium.

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more unique and adventurous photos in the near future.

À la prochaine!

 

 

A Pumpkin Patch Craft

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and fall is in our midst. With the fall holiday coming up fast decorations are needed. A pumpkin is exactly what’s called for to make your thanksgiving table look just right. Now, this isn’t just any ordinary type of pumpkin craft, so grab your kid’s or your sibling’s crayons, and head on over to your work space to continue.

What you will need:  A pumpkin (I prefer white myself), crayon colors of your choice, heat gun, painters cloth (to cover your work area), X-Acto knife, and foil.

Optional: Paint*, paint brush, and small container of water.

Step 1: Lay down the painters cloth on your work surface and then tear off a small piece of foil to set on top of that. Gather all of your remaining supplies and set them on your work space.

Step 2: Using a X-Acto knife, slice off the paper on the crayon and set aside, or soak your crayons in water to help with taking the paper off easier. Break your crayon into small pieces, as it makes them easier to melt.

Step 3: Place the crayons at the top of your pumpkin and slowly and carefully melt them using a heat gun. Do not hold the pumpkin or crayons while running the gun! (Put the gun down and gently move the pumpkin around to create more coverage or let it stand as is.)

Step 4: Let your melted crayons dry. Viola! You have now made a stunning pumpkin to complete your holiday decorations.

*Paint the pumpkin before you begin if you would like it to have a bit more character.

 

Did you know that…Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. That’s what University of Illinois says.

Ambition Baby…

I bet you know of a lot of people that spent a week of summer hanging out at the beach (bleh), surfing, fishing, or some other mundane thing. Me, I participated in a search and rescue mission in the middle of the ocean. I flew planes. I dropped weather buoys from the sky to prepare for a hurricane. I even went to Havana airport in Cuba. I really did! No exaggeration. But maybe there’s a slight nuance in my truth that you should be aware of.

During the month of June 2017, I participated in the week long Ambition program that is offered to teens through the National Flight Academy (NFA). The NFA is stationed on the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola,FL. While on a simulated aircraft carrier called the CVT-11 Ambition, I had the opportunity to fly an X-12B Triad (which goes Mach 2.5 by the way) using a flight simulator, learned how to navigate a plane using radar, planned my course (how far,what direction,fuel consumption), met new people, and made new friends. On the Ambition, the schedule can be kinda crazy but the morning is a little less hectic. I mainly spent it with my squadron or my cag (3 squadrons make up 1 cag). I spent some of the mornings taking field trips to various places such as the  National Naval Aviation Museum, seeing the Blue Angels Fly and even visited a control tower. After lunch the hard (& fun) stuff began. I helped plan and fly missions while helping other AXPs (Ambition eXperimental Pilots) was the agenda for the rest of the day. When the day came to a close, I proceeded with a little R&R with my bunkmates. At the end of the 6 day Ambition program I graduated. I earned a diploma and a CVT-11 Ambition patch. I even received my wings from retired LtGen Duane D. Thiessen.

That my friends is what I call a summer well spent…Ambition baby

If you want to take a peek at the NFA head on over to this site: http://nationalflightacademy.com

Below is the link to one of the primary organizations that made my scholarship to the NFA possible. Thanks OBAP!  obap.org