First, I apologize things have slowed down on the adventures because the book has taken my energy. Now that it is finished and out I can get caught up a bit.
I have to admit this was somewhat of a forced adventure. I had already written most of the book and deciding on what destinations are included for the “Fifty Classics” became tougher than I thought. I finally decided I needed less of the canyonlands area and more near southern California where there are so many pilots.
Catalina, it seemed, should be on the list but I hadn’t been there. At first it seemed like an easy solution. Go there. My friend and fellow 210 pilot Mark Rudolph and his wife Julie gladly accepted an invitation to go there, but schedules got in the way.
Meanwhile I needed to get preview copies of the book out to Magazine editors so I ended up just leaving out Catalina. When we finally did the adventure – which was great – I went home, finished that chapter and literally wrapped up the book in two days with time for printing before the November 1st publishing date.
Luckily we all did have a good time. I didn’t drag everyone there for nothing. It’s a great place to fly to and the diving (being sheltered from the battering waves of the Pacific) is great.