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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First big trip for 1VP


I built my plane for travel and it was exciting to take her on my first “big” trip after a week at home. Yeah, yeah I know – no grass grows under my feet. I left Steamboat fairly early in the morning but after my wife left in our car (maybe I shouldn’t have sent her a picture from the…

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N241VP made it home!


Well I have been neglecting my blogging duties lately. But with the arrival of N241VP in Steamboat it was no longer reasonable to continue my laziness. But before getting to that, a recap on the last month… The phase 1 flight testing went overall quite smooth. I had some concerns about proper engine break-in which led to flying to SE…

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