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1 year, 9 months ago 16
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50 degrees vs 82 degrees, I sure miss Aruba!!!!  But, it’s great to be home, and I can’t wait to see all my brothers and sisters at Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Nashville late this week!

 

Got out yesterday to try the DJI gogles and man is that a trip, it puts you in the drone, just like when I flew the ultra light except, your  not risking your life!  I found a nice local road with bare trees to try to craft a composition!

 

Joy Behart on the View, (not sure if I spelled her name right and frankly could care less), said of VP Mike Pence, “that it’s one thing to talk to Jesus, but to say He talks to you!!!!????  Well sister, He does talk to us, wish for your sake, you knew that for yourself……

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 10 months ago 5
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The last morning in paradise!  It’s been a great and more importantly a restful week!  Sherelene and I will head to the airport around 12:30 to return the rental car, slog through both Aruba’s and US  Customs and then board the plane around 4:00 for the return flight to Atlanta, and then on to Knoxville, arriving at 10:00 pm this evening.  It’s been a great week and a great celebration of our anniversary which is actually Valentine’s Day, my birthday and a continued celebration of Wes’s recovery from lymphoma.  After the timultuos year 2017 was, it is great to start 2018 like this!  Once again, we are so thankful for all of your prayers for Wes and our family and for God’s amazing response to those prayers!!!!!

 

The folks at the resort have been great, the Aruban people are really nice.  Weather has been almost perfect and Sherelene is good an tan and well rested, and I got a few more shots than I usually do on Caribbean trips!  I learned a lot about the drone and it was a great place to work on my flying skills in high winds!  Best of all, I got my required and desired number of naps!!!

 

Thanks for coming along with us, we’ll be home soon!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 10 months ago 19
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Most mornings Sherelene and I have enjoyed a great breakfast delivered to our room and eaten on the patio, over looking the Caribbean Sea!  This morning Sherelene contacted the chef and had a Birthday Breakfast surprise for me, and she got me, I was really surprised!  The service at the Ritz Carlton is wonderful and they went all out to make this morning extra special!  What a sweetheart my bride she is!!

 

 

What a great way to start a day in which I have to face that I’m now 72!!!!  I never dreamed I would live this long, and I’m thrilled to be here, I pray, serving Him!  Let me thank my bride for her 48 years of being the greatest partner ever!  Next week on Valentine’s day we celebrate our 48th Anniversary!  I want to thank my wonderful family for all the love they have shared with me, and my 6 great, wonderful grandchildren, many of whom are not children anymore, and are now true friends!!!!

 

Next let me thank dear friends like Jack Graham, Jim Haverstock, Jim Begley, Carl Turner, Charles Stanley, and I better stop here before I leave someone very important out!!!!!  So many wonderful friends and you know who you are!!!!  To my brother Homer, who just retired and now we can actually have time to spend time together!!!!

 

On this, my 72nd year of this life,  I have so much to be thankful for, most of all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with out whose Grace and Forgiveness this life would be meaningless!

 

I might make an image or two later today, but for now, I need to recover from that chocolate cake!!!!!!

 

Blessings

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 10 months ago 2
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Got up this morning to pouring rain and decided with howling winds and rain, “I think I’ll take the day off!”   Your probably tired of tropical pictures anyway!

 

Last night I learned a great lesson on drone flying when I made the very last shot, the parasailor from well above.  I flew the drone way out to where they were sailing and went high enough there was not chance I would interfere with their sails.  Well, the wind up there was even more strong than down where I was flying from.  After I got a shot I started to return to home.  The wind kept altering the course and I could not find the drone against the bright sky, I was looking into the sunset area of the sky.  My map, on the controller screen, showed the drone coming the correct direction, but at a snails pace.  While the drone which I could still  not find in the sky was returning and my battery was going down on the drone!!!

 

Calling on my experience from flying ultra lights, I thought I’ve got to get out of this wind, so I descended to about 100 feet and the map started show the drone moving much faster toward me.  It was not long until I could here that sweet whine of the props and by then I could see her on her way back, I got it landed safely and breathed a sigh of release.

 

I  think I deserve a pay off!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Well, maybe one more! ….or two!