Wednesday, August 24, 2011

R and B's Excellent Adventure

Guess who took this photo?  No, it was not soldier son or any of the grans.
It was the man in the photo below.

This is the former pilot of Airforce1. How cool is that?
I think he is quite handy with a camera.

O.k., let me back up and tell you about R and B's Excellent Adventure.
My hubby works for one of the kindest, most generous people you could ever 
meet. He has grown his company over the last 50 years and still closes on Sunday.
That in itself is remarkable. He thinks about his employees and what they
would like. How different is that?
  He decided to send several groups on day trips. Our group wanted to go to Santa Barbara.

 These gentlemen were in charge of Airforce1 for President Clinton and Bush (both).
Mr B. hired them after they left that gig.
The gentleman on the left is the co-pilot. Hubby got to ask them about 911 since
they were flying that day. They talked about how surreal it was and what is 
was like having fighter planes surrounding you. Goosebumps.

These photo's remind me of the Richard Scarry books I used to go
through with the boys when they were toddlers. This is the hangar
with several cars waiting to roll. Look at that floor! I could put my makeup
on in the reflection. Just like at home-hehe.
 This plane was not used but I didn't want it to feel left out so I took a photo.

Some of hubby's friends were on this baby. I think we were in 
the best of hands with the former pilot and co-pilot of Airforce1
flying our plane.
I liked tracking our progress. I didn't know there were Chocolate Mountains.

When we landed in Santa Barbara, this was waiting to take us into town.

This is the coolest jeep I have ever been in. If you saw Hell's Kitchen the other
night, you saw this jeep with their logo over it.
We toured around Santa Barbara and Montecito.
This man was awesome. Brought back those hippy days......
Peace dude.

I thought this pedal car would be perfect for home BUT I would have
to power it.  Much too hot to pedal.

Many sailboats. A regatta was happening later in the day.
This is like a Richard Scarry transportation post.
Remember that little Kardashian wedding? Folks waiting across the street
from the hotel where the bridal party and guests were supposed to be getting ready.
Don't know, really was not following it.
I could move back in a heartbeat...maybe someday.

All good things have to come to an end.
So back to Az.

Backing up the first plane. The gentleman standing at the left was the pilot for
this plane.

I still don't see how they could fit all 3 in there.
Our co-pilot (in the red shirt) was hysterical.
 After we landed he said "yes, we cheated death one more time".
I think you would need a great sense of humor with that job.

Well, that's all folks.
I hope you enjoyed our excellent adventure.

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Lorrie said...

What fun! I'm glad you were able to get away for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Well Barb,

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. How fun it was to meet the pilot and co-pilot of Air Force 1! That is really cool.

I didn't know you lived in CA? I bet you do wish you could move back. I don't think their temperatures are nearly as hot as AZ or TX. Ha

Cheery Regards,


Theresa said...

WOW, Barb... you were treated like Royalty! What a fun trip! I have flown many times but never in a plane that size:) Thanks for sharing your fun time with me thru pictures! HUGS!

Pondside said...

What a wonderful day you must have had! Santa Barbara and a flight in a private jet - it doesn't get much fancier than that!

Elizabethd said...

Oh how amazing! What a super day you had...and a private jet too! So glad it was such a good time.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

So glad that you "cheated death again" and had such a fabulous time... a wonderful, excellent adventure indeed!


Bonnie said...

How fun! I love Santa Barbara. When I visited there for my niece's wedding I thought I could easily live there. It's beautiful and has such a great vibe!

xo, bonnie

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Barb,

That was a great post of your adventure. Remarkable stories you passed on and for you a memorable day together with your husband!
Love to you,


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