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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"Good timber does not grow with ease; 
the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees."
            ~ J. Willard Marriott

Olympic National Forest, Photo taken by Karlene Petitt

Remember, even a plane takes off into the wind. 

~Enjoy the Journey 



  1. Thanks Karlene! 900/1500 for me but its the journey not the destination anyway! Besides instructing is so much fun and quite rewarding. Haven't lost site of flying jets though.

  2. Inspiring words, Karlene. A perfect thought to start the morning with. Thanks.

  3. I need to write that down and read it when I'm having a rough time of things! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  4. Pilot... don't lose sight of your dreams. You'll get there!

  5. Thanks Linda, sometimes we need short and too the point to get us going in the right direction. Have a great day!

  6. Especially when the wind is blowing Heather. Just remember... love those windy days, they make you strong.

  7. What great words! Everything you experience now will form who you are later.

  8. ...and taking off into the wind makes for shorter runways.

    Leave it to me to destroy the moment with a smart-ass remark. Ha!


  9. Reminds me of a walk on Quadra Island. And a sad song, chick song :) : "Tall Trees in Georgia" sung by Eva Cassidy! Really pretty.... My tall tree pictures are the ones at home...the ones I sent you are mostly this trip.

  10. Thanks Vic. That is so true. And, we are what we eat too. :)

  11. Thanks Kathy, We'll need to go walk in this forest. You'd love it! Have a great trip.

  12. Tom, Taking off in short runways never destroys the moment! We'll be looking for more of those remarks. You know I love them.


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