Monday, July 30, 2007

Trip To The Center Of The Island

I took a trip.

But, Mr. and Mrs. Gawpo, Sr. came to visit me the week prior to my flying up to the San Juans to return the favor. They drove from California to north of the southernmost portion of Victoria, Canada. Drove. In a car. Together. You do the math. My dear father is attracted to certain language. See below:







This was an inscription protesting the military action in Iraq. But overruled overruled Mr. Gawpo, Sr's attention. Nothing personal. Just business. The man is a magistrate. What should I expect?

Now, my trip...

Having departed at 3:15 Post Meridian, four minutes later I am looking back at the beautiful Yaquina Bay and Bridge. My target altitude is 9,500 feet. Because my heading is between 181 and 359 degrees (355 degrees for this flight), I must assume an altitude with an odd numbered thousand (like 5, 7, 9) plus five hundred feet. Anyone flying a heading between 001 and 179 degrees must assume an even thousand plus five hundred feet. This provides a safety margin of separation.



Nine minutes after departure and I am climbing through five thousand feet. Not quite enough for the mile high club, but nearly. The airspeed indicator shows that I am maintaining 100 mph to help engine cooling. The vertical speed indicator shows that I am taking it easy with a four hundred foot per minute rate of ascent. The heading indicator shows that I am flying slightly east of 360 degrees and that will have to be corrected by the time I complete my ascent. The artificial horizon indicates a slight nose-up attitude.



At 9,500 feet in under 20 minutes. Not bad.



224 miles to go; 1:22 minutes to get there; 160 mph (statute); and flying a heading of 355 degrees. S47 is the airport designation for Tillamook; KPFC is the designation for Pacific City. Just put the little airplane on the line and you will get there. Gotta love the GPS!



Roughly 45 minutes to Astoria, Oregon's northernmost airport. In the middle of that river--the mighty Columbia--lies the border between Oregon and Washington. Lewis and Clark were here.



In about an hour and fifteen minutes, I am already at Hood Canal. Just below me is the city of Shelton, WA. To the right is Olympia (it's the water).



Descending through 8,700. Speed is rewarded with the airframe's acquiescence to gravity.




To the left are the Olympics, a mini-8,000 foot wall to catch the great storms off the Pacific and render the locale in their shadow with the same weather you'd expect of Nevada, Eastern Oregon or Eastern Washington, all of which sport low annual rates of precipitation owing to the Cascades and the Sierras. But instead of the high desert in the rain shadow of these mountains, the Olympics run interference for a different clime: An archipelago of islands that turn the ocean into a series of connected lakes whose mirror-like surfaces can be traversed by vessels as small as a canoe. These are the San Juan Islands.

That snow up there represents billions of rain drops cheated of reaching the San Juans. Average annual precipitation ranges from 19 inches at the foot of the mountain range at Sequim (pronounced Skwim) to 27 inches at the northernmost island, Orcas.



To the left is Sequim and Dungeness Spit jutting out into Puget Sound. Off in the distance is none other than Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria. Oh Canada, Baby. Dungeness Spit is the world's longest spit into the ocean.



Destination reached! Friday Harbor. That's where you'll find OC and Quilldancer these days, you know. Because of my injured back--another story--I was not able to fly over and see them. I had to pick up the nephew and his girlfriend and beat feet over to our little island in paradise, Center Island. Little did I know on this Monday that I would be lying on the carpet, on my back, on ice packs for the next seven days.



Yes, he's a babe. And yes, he's legal. But he's taken......



.....by her.....



While Uncle Gawpo flew the airplane, Nephew snapped pics of Mr. Gawpo, Sr's boat headed back to the island with the rest of the family.



Is this not a poster-perfect advertisement? Only golf carts are used for transportation on this island. The only gas rigs are used sparingly by the caretakers to help move bigger loads for folks when they arrive with supplies. The guitar is mine, but the Nephew plays a mean "Classical Gas."



It looks like we are having chips and corn, but you'll note the bowl with the prawns that Mr. Gawpo, Sr caught. Not pictured are the remnants of the rack of lamb BBQ'ed with an amazing Sicilian basting sauce. Salad, of course, too. Pictured are the Nephew and his Grilfriend, Mrs. Gawpo, Sr., Niece (with her back to us) and her friend, Taryn, whom I addressed as "Ms. Paper." It didn't take her long to get the joke, either. Smart girl. Gawpo likes people who get his jokes.



Saw lots of this guy and his friends...



Washed of her Original Sin, the "surprise" niece enjoys some holding from her daddy. At only .75 years old, she had a great time on the island. Mr. Gawpo, Sr is adjusting his bluetooth.



View off the back deck...



This is the first one I'd seen since they were removed from the Endangered list. I took out my Bushnell Yardage Pro and ranged the bird at 27 yards...



Last photo of my stay. This is Mt. Baker pictured in the last gasp of sunlight for the day. This is looking northeast from the back deck...



This is what you see just after taking off to the north from Center Island. In a minute, my left wing will be on the east side of my route. I miss my family already...



Mt. Adams on the left. Mt. St. Helens on the right...



Home...



This is the video of the landing upon my return. My friend, Don had my car out of the hangar and was there to push the plane in since my back was still on the mend. Thank you, Donaldo!

101 Comments:

At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 12:51:00 AM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

Center Island looks like a wonderful place! Lovely photos! Question about the vid: Why does the propeller look like it's spinning one way, then another? Does it really do that? Sorry if that's a dumb question, but I don't know anything about aviation.
I'm hoping your back will be better soon. Take it from a back surgery survivor, I know back pain sucks. Take some vicodin then go for a walk, er, if you're able that is.
**beaming good vibrations north**

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 12:57:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

Oh, Claire!: You are first! And just what are YOU doing up at this hour? Huh? Me? Well, I'm a night owl. I just checked to see if there were any comments, not expecting any except from people on the other side of the planet (Hi there, Ps!!!!) and I clicked on the bald eagle just for the heck of it and---BLING---in comes your message. I hope you are well and doing fun night time things.

Do not feel alone in the question about the propeller. People always ask. As Bazza suggested once, you need to think of those old Westerns where the spokes on the stage coach look like they are turning backwards. It's all about the spin of the wheel---or the propeller---and the shutter speed of the camera as it opens and closes. Sometimes it looks like the prop has come to a complete stop and then slowly spins the other direction. Very confusing effect. So, don't be embarrassed at all.

I'm back in Oregon now. So does that make us about even? Or am I still north? Uh-oh. Looks like I'm spinning backwards now. lol Hugs!

G

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 3:42:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

What a great vacation. You should be all rested up and ready for mischief now Gawpo.

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 7:13:00 AM PDT , Blogger goldennib said...

Your pictures are amazing. The landing video made me dizzy. I don't think I'd make much of a pilot.

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 7:46:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

oh what a wonderful trip to see the gawpo clan. no wonder you miss them all!

dude, your back...i totally feel your pain. are you feeling better now?

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 7:56:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I like the bugle salute they play (you can hear it in the video) when the commander touches down... it's only fitting!

Well, forget that bar in far Bombay... I'll take the San Juans and Center Island. That shot of your nephew and his girl is a magazine cover.

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 8:57:00 AM PDT , Blogger Logophile said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely
Definitely going to have to hit you up for a ride next time.
Glad you had a good time with the fam even with the back incident.
Take it easy, man
Mwah!

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10:08:00 AM PDT , Blogger Blue said...

You are the coolest guy in the history of the planet ever.
Your family is gorgeous...Gawpo Sr. adjusting his bluetooth is priceless. What a sign of the times.
Glad you were able to visit Logo too, even though I am totally gel-uts.
In Cray Eeb Lay!!!!!
Lvoe,
Bleu
xoxo

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:28:00 AM PDT , Blogger bazza27 said...

I've got to be honest here Gawpo, I only flicked through the piccies, but it looks like you had a great time, vacations sure are great. Me wifey and kids have a vacation due imminently, so watch out for piccies, and maybe I can rekindle my enthusiasm for blogging.

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 1:52:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KAT: After hanging with Logophile that one afternoon, I am considering the witness protection program. For fear of reprisal from her entire town in which all manner of heck was raised!

NIBBY: To the tune of the Greyhound theme song: "And leave the flying to US!"

LIMERS: Yes, thank you. Finally turning a corner, I think. I said, "I THINK, DOTTIE!" (Pee Wee laugh inserted here with one big, "La La LA!)

SOMEWHERE JEAUX: A magazine cover? Really? REALLY?! Do you hear that, Peeps? From Joe? Do you hear that? Well? Do ya?

Okay, I'm back. Sorry...

LOGOPHILE: YES! Especially now that I have sucked the dead bug out of the pitot tube and am indicating air speed once again. And especially now that I know which runway to use (actually, both are fine. I like landing on grass strips. It's more "bush" like, but without all the dead people).

BLUE TSG---uh, no TSG anymore right? Sorry. Just BLUE then: HA!!!! You got the In Cray Eeb Lay. I love you so MUCH!!! My mother tells me today that there is a venture to Boston and then to "Canada" in the offing. I will find out where, exactly...I am thinking spa time for the ladies.

Lvoe,
Gawpeaux
xoxoxoXO!

BAZZER: Well, you just feel welcome to come back any 'ole time now, y'hear? You rest your laurels here whenever you get 'round to it. I will enjoy some sputum in the meantime. Wasn't that the word from your blog? Something strange like that. Or was it spittle? Huh. Can't quite recall.

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 3:02:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I kid you not

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 3:12:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JEAUX!!!: AHEAEAHHH!!! Shrieking in joyful disbelief. That is SO WONDERFUL. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for that. My goodness. I hope you didn't have to labor long doing that. On the other hand, I kinda sorta hope you did. It means that much to me. So filled with sweetness are you, beloved Joe. I hate to get personal here (yeah, right), but you do know that you mean much to the Gapowean world. You do. And stuff like this is why.

Dying laughing with a huge smile. I needed it. Believe me. G

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 3:55:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I have inspiring friends...

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 3:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: Damn! There you go AGAIN. Irrepressible generosity. As always. Very Benedictine, that. Custody of the eyes and all...

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 6:31:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue said...

Can I get in on this group hug? I feel left out. Poem for you in Joe's comments lovey.
xo
Blue!

 
At Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 9:11:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

JUST BLUE NOW: Where have you been! Of course we were waiting for you. Three Persons; One Blog. We complete us.

Going for poetic delight now...c u there.

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:03:00 AM PDT , Blogger Blue said...

I hope your back is better! Do you take anything for it? When mine goes out I dope up on Robax Platinum. It helps me through the day. Ice too, instead of heat.
xo
Blue!

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:08:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

gawpo...there are things i wouldn't understand about me. things you couldn't understnad about me. things you SHOULDN'T understand about me (last one said very gravely) ;)

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 9:23:00 AM PDT , Blogger Dan said...

Hey Mr. Closed Hips! I stopped by to see a photo of your cat's crop circle! Where is it??

Holy crap! Sounds like you all had a great time, flying and sailing and tightening your hips. Cool.

Next time can I come? I'll show you how to put your leg behind your head?

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 9:50:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LIMERS: Ooooooo. That gavely came'a bubblin' up. Like that oil, Texas-T, Black Gold on the Beverly Hillbillies.

Then just tell me this much: Are your hips open?

DAN: Ha! Ok, I get it now. It's the yoga thing I've read about over there. Yes, good. And thank you for dropping the other shoe on that one, Dan.

The cat had a crop isosceles TRIANGLE. Remember? Good. And everyone (at least here in Oregon) knows you can't photograph those. We therefore have a theory out that they are only made by vampires.

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 12:30:00 PM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

OOOhhhhhh...I love the Island!!!!! and nice landing my friend! I can't wait! XXXOOOO....Vicance

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 1:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Gawpo..!!
The more photos I see of you airbourne, the more inclined I become to riding in a small plane.
These photos are terrific..!
Your family is amazing, I love that you all go out of your way to get together and everyone looks so glad to be there. A wonderful thing..!
Sorry to read about the bad back, my doc says you need exercises to tighten your pelvic girdle, and then those muscles will support your back.
Thing is, when you are hurtin' you can't do 'em, and when you're not you can't be bothered..!
Hope you are feeling better.
hugs
xx

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 2:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

wow!! you flying a plane and below gawpo sr. driving a boat. it's like miami vice... without the cocaine. i hope. :)

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 3:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger Pam Aries said...

wowie! what a groovy post! I'm Flyin'.....I'm flyinggg!

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 4:12:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Well, Gwapo, since you missed us on your trip to Friday Harbor, I guess that means there's a trip to Hawaii in your future.

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:11:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

My darling Gawpo, yes you, fly boy....you make flying in a small plane seem much less daunting to this scardy cat.
I love that your family will come from far and wide to be together - also please know I have a Daddy crush on Gawpo Sr! He looks so cuddly and he drives a boat and he can cook and take photos and well...he seems like a very cool guy.(I'll forget he's a magistrate) And speaking of cuddly...oh THAT baby!!
OK since I'm half Sicilian anyway, can I just be adopted? Oh but then flirting with you would be rather incestuous - never mind.
I better end this now, I sound like an idiot!
Kisses and hugs,
Lisa

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 9:36:00 PM PDT , Blogger Laurie said...

Wow. I am in awe of the beauty of that place. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hugs,
Laurie

 
At Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 9:48:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHEILA: Oh, I am so happy to share with you my family. My "other" family, that is. lol

And yes---isn't that the case with the bad backs? I have exercises that I am SUPPOSED to do to prevent this from happening. And they worked. For four years. I ignored the warning signs and it bit me worse than ever before. I return to work tomorrow for the first time since the 14th. Kisses! G

MINDY: What do you think we were doing, Minday? Sheesh. We didn't just HAPPEN to be in international waters. That Canadian cartel is amazing. But everything was in kilos, so we just had to trust them. (wink)

PAM ARIES: Isn't it just like being in the plane? I love watching them.

QUILLY: Guess it'll have to be, then. Such a hard pill to swallow. But somebody's got to do it.

If I hadn't had the back to contend with, I would have gotten over there. I usually go just about every day, otherwise. Dang!

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Ha! It's all so much! Yes, I think we could fly and get some sort of annulment afterwards. Daddy Gawpo is sure cute. We love him. And funny? BOY, is he funny. Everyone loves him. He is so engaging to everyone. Doesn't matter where we are, he talks and engages and talks. He's even funny from the bench, believe it or not.

Big wet smacks all over your facia!

LAURIE, DARLIN': I'm dreaming of one big blogger convention. Logo will co-host. Let's pick a date. We can rotate parties of 10 for five day stays. Logo and I will need two days to get ready for the next batch. Can you imagine it? xo, G

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 6:03:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

Wow Gawpo!! You were right as usual.(remember I was on chat with you when you were writing this post and you said I'd love it? I do!)

Gawpo Sr. rocks!Give him a hug from me.
The couple is GORGEOUS.

*Nine minutes after departure and I am climbing through five thousand feet.* My god! What else can you do in 9 minutes, Gawpo? ;-)

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 8:22:00 AM PDT , Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

Gawpo-
You are, without a doubt, one of the most delightful men on the planet...thanks for sharing your trip with us- made me feel like I was with you :)

Read the bunny story below~
What an adventure...but poor bunny :)

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 9:00:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

are my hips open, why yes, i believe thet are....

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 9:35:00 AM PDT , Blogger S said...

Some of us just drive ford escorts.....sigh........

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 11:11:00 AM PDT , Blogger AnnieElf said...

What a great trip you took us on, Gawpo. Loved everything about it. I want to live on Center Island. No cars. What a dream. Even the YouTube was fun. Happily landed with only a tiny blip to my tum.

 
At Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 5:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger the grumble said...

What a criminally attractive couple. (The babe and his her)

 
At Friday, August 3, 2007 at 7:18:00 AM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

Um...uh...I could have sworn I commented on here the other day. Poop!

Your nephew is a cutie-pie for sure!! And you can definitely tell he's Italiano.

Your dad is just too damn cute, too, though. It think it's the hair.

 
At Friday, August 3, 2007 at 3:21:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Remember the BeeGees

"I took me a trip
and started the whole blog smiling..."

 
At Friday, August 3, 2007 at 7:07:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Wow, that's a couple of beautiful people. OMG are they going to have stunning children if they decide to procreate. :)

 
At Friday, August 3, 2007 at 10:03:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

PS: Boy, was I ever wrong about being almost done,huh? It took me over 6 hours to post. But I knew you would love the pics.

In nine minutes I can also run a partial mile, pat down four suspects and deliver a pizza. To my table.

MAYDEN: And you are, without a doubt, one of the most wonderful and wonderfully ubiquitous women I know. Glad to have you along for the Trip To The Center Of The Island, Cora.

LIMERS: Your hips, your legs, ain't life grand?

For me, I'm sorry to say, neither.

S: Truth be known, when not in the Cessna, I drive a Ford Exploder. The main thing though, is that I am sure you look GOOD in the Escort. And that's what counts.

ANNIEELF: I will work on the landing. There should not even be a little blip. Glad to have had you along.

GRUMBLE BOTTOM: Boy, you said it! The genetics skipped a generation.

ARM: Hey, that's funny. I thought you did, too. Hmmmmm.....???

Half Latino, 1/4 Siciliano, 1/4 Jewish.

My Daddy's hair rivals that of Einstein's, yes? It's his trademark.

Sure wish I could get into your blog. I lost the key. Please replace.

SOMEWHERE JEAUX: "And Iiiii started the plane, which started the whole prop spinnnning. Oh, if I'd only known, that the first time I'd flown...."

CANDACIA: I'm not much on adding to the planet's population, but I can't help but wishing they would at some point. I'd be all like sitting there in my cushioned seat, eyes bugged out and not taking them off the screen between big handfulls of popcorn and stuff. Waiting just to see it.

 
At Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 11:41:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Looking at that table, I think I want to come hang out and eat with you guys. :)

How's your back doing?

 
At Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 11:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: You are SO invited, Candace. And I do mean that. You and the Shellfish and the Moenke.

And thank you for asking----much better. I can walk again!

Hope you enjoyed my Lewis and Clark links. They had you in mind, of course. Never as clever. But I do try for you, Dearheart.

 
At Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 7:29:00 AM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Oh I DID enjoy them, I DID!! I meant to say something and totally brainwiped it. I LOVED them! ^_^

 
At Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 10:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

Thinking of you!How's your back?
Sending you gentle hugs and a kiss on the cheek!
XOXO

 
At Monday, August 6, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: Whew! When I link, I link for you. And not, as one might suspect, to avoid all the crap I get from Diesel and Murray.

Goodie!!! Smile....

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Ah, gee. Thank you so much. The back is better. But the back is still saying, "Hulloh, Dude. About that 25 pounds you said you were going to lose???? Yeah, what about that? Huh?"

And so it goes....

 
At Monday, August 6, 2007 at 1:33:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Just showed DOB the flying vid. He is gel-uts..!
He is so in awe of you, and mightily impressed by your landing skills..!

 
At Monday, August 6, 2007 at 5:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHEILA: Wow!!! I am so honored. Hello to DOB. I giggle every time I land. I am so delighted to be done with the intense concentration and it truly is a joy to see how well it can be done. I took a video day before yesterday and it was even better than this one.

Thank you MOB!!!
Thank you DOB!!!

xoxoxoxoXO!, G

 
At Monday, August 6, 2007 at 9:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Dragon said...

Dragon Flyby -

Returing the favor, though I must admit your content and comments are far superior (and likely your spelling too.)

Lovely view of the trip, hum.. I've lived in WA state for 16 years and never made it to the San Juan Islands. Now I must.

I am curious, what general area of the Oregon coast you call home. I'm familiar with the rocky alcoves and twisty roads that make up Hwy 101 - I'm just wondering which do on the map is yours.

Tootles, Poodles - I'll be back to check up on your adventures later.

Oh, and what was that... P.T.F.O.?

That one slipped by me though P.I.T.A. can say I have much experience with.

Thanks Muchos..

 
At Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 12:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

DRAGON: Hi there! Well, all comments are a beautiful thing. And yours is no exception. Thanks for liking the pics and stopping by to say so.

General area is Lincoln County: Newport is the county seat.

P.I.T.A.: Pain in the ass.
P.T.F.O.: For slow drivers who just need to PULL THE FUCK OVER!!!, but don't. They certainly are the worst P.I.T.A.s of them all...

ciao4niao, G

 
At Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 6:46:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Haha!! I suspect Diesel and Murray will give you crap regardless. ^_^

Hey, I have another song for you. :) Oh, and another!

 
At Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 7:46:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Jackie said...

Gawpo, I just got back from the San Juan Islands, too! But I went by land. And I DID see my Quilly-Sister and OC. Had a great visit. Hope your back is better soon. (I'm laid up with pulled muscles in arm again!) I don't know what your excuse is...you aren't old!

 
At Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 2:59:00 PM PDT , Anonymous catnapping said...

oh god. beautiful, beautiful photos. i wish god had given us wings...

hope your back's doin' better.

love,
cat

 
At Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 3:00:00 PM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

I might be just a little in love with your nephew's girlfriend. Just a little.

 
At Friday, August 10, 2007 at 4:58:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: Yes, they certainly will. No doubt about it. But ya know what, Candace? Ya know what? It's okay, cuz I'm gonna shop sky mall.

I am HOOKED! Those were out of this world. I had never heard of Coulton. You are my savior, Code Candace. And oh! my! GAWD, Magnum! That Creepy Doll metaphor is so right on. Well, it can be. Has been for me, fir shir.

JACKIE: Well, Honey....I am not that far behind you. lol And I am sooo jealous. Everybody is traveling these days, not excluding you-know-who who is going to New-you-know-where. The back is on the mend. Much better, thank you. Now it's your turn. Maybe you need to join the...ARM-y.

CATNAPPING: YAY! THE PICS ARE A HIT WITH THE KITTY CAT. Can you imagine actually flying with our bodies? But that could hurt our shoulders, I think. Maybe. Yeah, I sure can imagine it, though. More pics to come from yesterday's flight over forest fires and Mt. Jefferson on the return flight from Baker City.

DIESEL: Dude, who wouldn't? You passed the test: Good taste in babes. Hey wait a minute! You've already done that with Mrs. Diesel. No fair. You cheated. You peeked.

 
At Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 5:16:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Yay!! I'm glad you like his stuff. ^_^

When the heck are you gonna do another post? Can you say withdrawal?? (not like that!)

 
At Monday, August 13, 2007 at 8:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger goldennib said...

OK - when will you be back?

 
At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 1:41:00 PM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

'Sup Gawpo? How are things?

........

 
At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 6:15:00 PM PDT , Blogger Lisa'Oceandreamer' S. said...

Are you ever coming back?? :(
XOXOXOXOXO

 
At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 6:44:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: I do love it. Thanks to you for the turn-on. And yeah, it's about that time. House guests weeks on end any good for enough excuse?

NIBBY: The "crew" is at my door, I see. That's what it takes sometimes. Thanks for the prod. Moooooo.

ARM: Aw, gee. Thanks for that. I love that you check in. I have been vewwy, vewwy pweeoccupied with houseguests. The last of them left Sunday and I have----you're never going to believe it----FLYING PICTURES to celebrate the event! Yeah, hard to believe, huh? I miss you, man! xo

LEESUH-OCEAN-DREAMUH!: Ha! Yes, I will be right back after these important announcements. Don't go away. More amazing adventures of the Gawpoean kind to come. XOXOXOXXO!!!!

 
At Friday, August 17, 2007 at 4:22:00 PM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

What a wonderful post of sharing Gawpo! I enjoyed reading about you and your family as well as seeing all the interesting photos. Thank you.

cheers!

 
At Friday, August 17, 2007 at 4:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KATIE MCKENNA: Whew! At long last. Now I can finally start a new post.

Thank you, Katie!!!! For being you and for stopping by.

Cheers a ti, tambien!

 
At Friday, August 17, 2007 at 6:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger Jay said...

Insanely cool photos!

 
At Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 12:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Nana-g said...

Ok, Gawpo time for some new pics, I am missing your brain on gawpo.
Here is some material, I want to do this! and this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3q9WdjD5wc
In September can we begin our annual flight to Edgefield, drink insanely good scotch and say how we would love to be doin' someone there? (like we aren't both to do-doable) love you gaw---po! ps:soontoberestedandoutofboxesintonewofficeandlookingforahometomorrow.

 
At Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 7:29:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

NANA-g: Yes, Yes, YES. You are right. Been running all over the place these days. Little time to compose. BUT, I do have one in the works.

Did break out the bottle of Laphroaig finally. Bought it two years ago. Shared some with Kevin when he and Patti were here. Can you say, "Smoke?"

ps:andican'twiatuntilyouareallunpackedand livinghere!

 
At Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 7:24:00 PM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

So a WEEK ago, you told me you had new flying pictures. A week ago. I see your response to Nana-g about having a new post in the works and that you've been running all over the place. But I have to tell you...when I check my feed reader to see if you have any new posts, I shake my had and pout. But I understand...I do.

 
At Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

Gawpo has disappeared into the wild blue yonder ...
How ya doin'? My back's better and I'm hoping yours is too now!

 
At Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 4:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ARM: Okay. I might as well fess up: There are CROP CIRCLES ON MY BUTT!

HAPPY NOW?!

HAPPY?!!!

(i love the love, love. and i pwomiss i will shake loose some time. i am working 7 in a row, get mon/tue off and then, get this...i work 18 out of the next 19 days!!! we are very short handed.)

CLAIRE: I love that you would check back, Claire. And I am glad your back (and mine) is doing better. I will stop at yer blog and then Arm's and say hello. xo)

 
At Friday, August 24, 2007 at 1:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Where the F have you been G? Sup? I miss you. Sick and tired of the Gawpo No Show.
Come back to us, beloved!
xo
Blue

 
At Friday, August 24, 2007 at 2:02:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE: So am I supposed to call you gillian at indigo blue now or what? What give wit DAT?

Yes, yes, Dear. I know. I know. Gawpo been berry, berry swamped in a swamp of swamp swampings. Can you imagine?

Please be patient: Work isn't finished with me yet.

 
At Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 7:23:00 AM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

I miss Gawpo. Where could he be?

OK, yes, he's busy, but maybe he could just post one liine or a picture and we could all take it from there in comments. . . ^_^

 
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