Summer 2013

We decided to take off for Iceland to escape the summer heat. Before our departure, we had to check on Eyjafjallajokull, one of the many active volcanoes on the island and also the most recent to erupt! With the air free of volcanic ash, or tephra, and the weather in...

Winter 2007

It's almost November and because it's getting cold here in Ohio I thought it was time for Charlie and I to fly where it is warm. I packed my bag and checked Charlie's fuel level for our flight to Kuwait, near Saudi Arabia! This is a hot and sandy country and the...

Fall 2006

Our flight to Germany was smooth. No heavy winds or storms thank goodness. We landed in Frankfurt, the home of the frankfurter, or what we call the "hot dog." Germany is a very pretty country. It is known for lots of things, and one of them is food. I especially like...

Spring 2006

If you think there's a lot of ice in Iceland you are mistaken. It's as green and beautiful as can be. Charlie and I couldn't wait to explore! When we landed on a small airstrip in a city called Rekyvk (rake-yuh-vik) we were greeted by several Icelanders who invited me...

Destination: Ireland. Date: 12 May 2004. Time: 2100 hours.

Today Billy McCardle pushed me. He thinks he's tough, but as far as I'm concerned he doesn't understand what tough means. Billy says Irish boys are automatically tough but I don't think heritage has much to do with being tough, or pushing girls even though I am...

Destination: The Congo! Date: 14 May 2004 Time: 16:30 hours

Today Charlie and I went to the Congo! We flew through the night and arrived at coordinates 0 00N, 25 00E, which put us over Kinshasa in what used to be called Zaire (pronounced ZY AIR). At 1500 feet the air was very warm rising from below. Charlie felt it and he...

Destination: Australia, 27 00 S, 133 00 E.

Charlie's propeller was a bit sluggish in starting this morning, but I persisted and his stubbornness changed to excitement over our 18 hour journey to Australia. I chose to land in Alice Springs because it is "smack dab" in the central part of the country, plus Alice...

Destination: India, 20 00 N, 77 00 E.

Charlie's tank freshly refueled, and I well rested, we headed northwest to Northern India close to the base of the Himalayas, which separate the sub continent India from Asia. The Himalayas have always intrigued me. I guess because they are so vast, so large that lots...

Destination: Russia, 60 00 N, 100 00 E.

Charlie and I headed northeast to Russia?s capital, Moscow. Russia would be much colder than India so I made sure I had warm clothes for the flight, and that Charlie had new oil. We would be relatively close to Siberia and the Arctic Ocean, enough to make me shiver,...

Destination: The North Pole

Even though I am almost 14 and for a long time have not thought about Santa Claus, Russia's wintry feeling brought the subject back. I realized I had a good chance to find proof, after all the North Pole was basically in front of me. I figured some people search for...

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