Map of N241VP Trips in 2021


Total flight time was 169.0 hours (309 days from first flight to NYE, just over 10 months of flying) All told I flew to 15 states; Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, and South Carolina Hard to tell exactly the number of miles flown but it is around 30,000.…

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Visiting beautiful North Carolina


Just about a year ago my childhood friend (and maker) Andrew came and spent 10 day helping me build N241VP. It was such a blast working together and it only seemed fair to make a visit out to his home in North Carolina. First, it is a haul to get there from Steamboat, so we opted to break the flight…

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Travail du jour


We have been big supporters of Travail for a number of years and it is hands down our favorite restaurant. We celebrated NYE 2020 there with our daughter and then…covid hit. This was our first time back since then and it was great to enjoy their wonderful food and see all the chefs back doing what they love to do.

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Snowy Muddy Rabbit Hike


Hiking with the OTHG group, we carpooled up to the small parking lot before loading up on clothes for the 28 degree start of the hike across the snow covered ground. Near the turn around the sun had done a pretty good job melting the snow and we were treated to very different views in the return hike.

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Checking Out Rabbits Ears Up Close and Personal


Having flown over Rabbitr Ears a number of times it was time to do it from the ground. The drive from Steamboat takes you to a parking lot at the trailhead to lead you up the mountain. The trail is actually a jeep trail and we did come across a couple driving down as we hiked up. It is a…

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Devil’s Causeway isn’t for the faint of heart


We got an early start to attempt to beat the crowds to the Flat Tops. Which pretty much worked. Not too many people on the way up but we did run into higher numbers on the way down. At the rim it got narrower until we reached the Devil’s Causeway. Probably a 2-3 foot wide rocky section that went a…

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EAA Airventure 2021


I’ve attended Airventure a bunch of times. Always camping but sometimes driving and sometimes flying. I’ve experienced the mass arrival at KOSH, I’ve spent hours waiting to depart after the show, and experienced the nearly every year big storm. Well this year checked most of those boxes but the most important new one, flying a plane I built. Big shout…

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What I learned from the Airventure 2021 forums


I sucked from the fire hose the engine information presented at Airventure this year. Mike Busch put on 13 seminars and I think I hit five or maybe it was six of them. I also took in a leaning seminar presented by Martin Pauly. And a great presentation by Vic Syracuse specific to amateur built aircraft (I was able to…

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Don’t scud run.


Whew, so this made for good learning… I needed to fly back to Steamboat to head off on my annual adventure motorcycle ride. The weather pattern between Minneapolis and Steamboat had been locked in place for days with low clouds and some areas of thunderstorms along the route. As I watched the weather I found a window that looked doable…

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