Saturday, June 9, 2007

Day 14 - Ras wins the prize for flying in from the farthest distance.

Over 3,000 people showed up on this glorious sunny, near perfect day to look over 254 aircrafts that flew in from all over Europe. The Twin Beech was the only non-European one. Admirers passed by on a non-stop basis asking questions and snapping pictures. People showed up early in the morning to reserve their spaces for a prime viewing spot for the air show and to inspect the variety of airplanes on display. The air show lasted most of the afternoon, followed by the big rally dinner in the hanger. Many prizes were awarded in multiple categories, the last one being for the farthest distance. Ras was asked how many hours it took him to fly from Seattle to Stauning and how many liters of fuel he used for the trip. As a token for consuming 5,000 liters of fuel on the 26 hour flight, he was given a certificate for 500 liters of fuel.

The coming week will be spent visiting Ras’ family and touring Denmark. I can only echo Ellen’s sentiments and emotions about this incredible journey the three of us have experienced together. Greenland was for me the highlight of this trip thus far. The Greenlanders welcomed us wholeheartedly ... such warm, beautiful and happy people. Seeing the ice cap, the long fjords streaming out from its edges, the clear blue water from the melting ice flowing into the sea, the pure crisp air, the sound of silence .... it was all magical. We had a bird's eye view from 5,000 feet on a clear day. It doesn’t get better than this.

This is the end of our blog for now. I will fly back to Seattle June 18th on a commercial flight. I’ve been spoiled!! (Oh No! Not those cramped seats and long security lines again!). The torch is now passing to Ras to report on his return trip. The trip will be shorter, hopefully he will have time to make the daily entries. Check in again the week of June 18th for the Twin Beech’s journey home.

Mariza signing off : )



Jay PerryCook said...

Thanks so much Mariza. Looking forward to meeting you back at Tacoma Narrows. I feel for you with your upcoming commercial travels. We do get spoiled with the freedom and convenience of general aviation. Recalling when I first started learning to fly, I asked my instructor, "You mean if I see something interesting on the ground I can just descend and go check it out??" For me, that's the essence of GA and the effort that the many organizations put towards keeping that freedom alive needs to be appreciated everytime we haler "clear prop!!"
Safe travels and see you soon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ras,

Good flight over, wish I could airmail myself over to Denmark and right-seat back with you! Tom says "hi" and wants you back in time for Tennessee.


Scott said...

It's been very interesting following your trip . Congratulations, and we wish you a safe flight back home.
Scott and Penny

Anonymous said...

What an amazing, amazing trip!! Congratulations to Ras for his award, and we cannot wait to hear more and see all of the photos. Have a safe trip home! Love, Sheila, Willy, Jack, Charlie & Wyatt

Anonymous said...

Hey Ras & Maritza! No news since June 9! Lost in Denmark! Hope you have a wonderful time and please let us know when the next adventure sets off! Love from Elisabeth

Anonymous said...

Hi Mariza and Ras,

Congratulations on the award for long-distance, Ras, and for adding the biggest notch to Mariza's adventure belt, quite overtaking the the climbing and bungie-jumping.

Here we do those summmery things like going to wine-tastings and art festivals, but love to hear about what it's like to experience . . . what does commenter Jay mention . . . freedom of general aviation. Now we down here can imagine it.


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