This was one of my most memorable flights not because of the close friends I was with, the perfect day, or the bucket list location. But because it was my son's last flight with me before he pass away in May 2015 at the age of 5. He loved to go flying with Dad and I loved taking him up. He died of cancer that he had been fighting for the previous two years. That April we knew he wasn't going to make it. We had known since about November of 2014 but we were just living every moment to the fullest. I so grateful for Tony and Bill being the coolest "big brothers" to him on this trip. Because of how the cancer had progressed it was painful for Shad to walk for very long so we took turns carrying him on our shoulders so he would not be in so much pain. Flying to Catalina was a dream of mine and that island will always remind me of my little co-pilot Shad.
|Tony in the right seat Bill and Shad in the Back. Although Shad looks scared the whole flight he was telling Bill, who really scared of small planes, it was OK.|
|Tony at the Controls|
|Saw a buffalo on the island|
|At the Beach|
|The water is so clear you can see right to the bottom|
|He thought the buffaloes were so cool|
|Shad knew how to smile for the camera but this is how he felt most of the time|
|Waiting for the shuttle to go back to the Airport in the middle of the island|
|My Navy goodbye lunch at Slater's 50/50 burgers.|
Here are some photos of Shad and I's flight before moved from San Diego back to Arizona in May.