Thanks, Keith, and you're right, at times it did seem like it was too good to be true, the experiences, the people, the country flown over. Probably one of the oddest things I learned is how profound your sense of smell enhances your experiences. I found that at about 1,500 agl I was able to smell the newly plowed fields in the midwest, the desert sage, the humid "hollars" in West Virginia, etc. It was odd, I would be at about 3,000 agl., and then descend to around 1,500 agl, and it would feel like I had just been "awakened" and like a little kid with new exciting smells, or older comforting ones.
Now the story of smelling the BBQ in the pattern in Kansas had a completely different impact, but that's another story. (WE B BBQ)
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