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My Watch Flew The Reno Air Races

It is getting a little tired looking now but it flew the finals at the Reno Air Races in 2017. A story that is fun for me so just thought I would share it. I bought it about a week prior because I wanted a watch that I could actually see the hands quickly.

I went to the National Championship Air Races Reno with the team for the Palm Springs Air Museum. I flew up in the P-51 Mustang “Bunny” with pilot Tom Nightingale. I was the second person there for the Museum only because Tom had to get out of the airplane first before I could get out. The next day the rest of the team started arriving.

A week later Tom would be flying “Bunny” in the finals. He said to me “I need a watch where I can see the seconds better”. I said how about mine and the answer was yes. Tom put it on his wrist and flew the finals.

I have been wearing it daly ever since for flying in all kinds of airplanes, photo excursions and other adventures. Runs great but does not clean up anymore. Time to retire it and get another. But I am going to keep it and remember it’s “history”.

USAF Thunderbirds

Photographed by me during the Thunderbirds flight demonstrations at the Reno Air Races 2019.

Mailbox Danger

Best to not pick up the mail in the dark. Art installation at Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea.

Free Can Soda

At first I was just intrigued by the sign. Then the simple old look, run-down, of the restaurant drive-in itself in such a nondescript location. How many places like this exist without ever being seen as we drive by.

I “Googled” the place when I got home. Not to my surprise I found that it has rave reviews about it’s food. Actually I found no shortage of little places like this on the maps of where we were out on a Photo Excursion in the Jurupa Valley area in Southern California. El Colima Mexican Grill.

The El Colima Mexican Grill Drive-In and roadside sign.

Flabob Express

On Photo Excursion last week was near the Flabob Airport in Riverside California. So stopped and happened to see a friend, the Flabob Express DC-3. I have been lucky enough to have flown in the Express a few times.

The Flabob Express DC-3 at Flabob Airport

George’s Drive-In

On Photo Excursions we always look for great places to eat that are not the usual we see in the year 2021 now. George’s Drive-In in Riverside on our Jurupa Valley Southern California excursion. A family roadside stop since 1974. Huge menu, food serving sizes off the scale and just great. If you are on some kind of diet, just forget it. You need the experience of eating this food!

Tea And Mufflers

For those days when you would like to have a soothing afternoon tea with friends while getting your muffler swapped out. On a Photo Excursion in Jurupa Valley, Southern California.

All Gone At The Salton Sea

It was at the North Shore near the Yacht Club. I photographed what was left in 2010. Nothing there now at all.

Windmill Tours

Here in Palm Springs we have windmill farms and they offer tours. I prefer to do my own. Here with my good buddy and fitness icon Sherry Goggin.

Returning to…

Looking forward to getting back to photographing people, fitness, fashion and more. My buddy Ashley in one of our photoshoots. Here after her appearance at the NPC National Figure Competition in Las Vegas. Makeup and hair styling by Natalie Lyle.