I earned my private pilot certificate in June 2018, then I began building hours for the required 50 hours of cross country flying required to receive an instrument rating. On Saturday, I went for my instrument rating checkride. First things first was to go through all of the paperwork to ensure that everything was in order. Next we went through the oral portion and it was pretty uneventful.
This year, the wife and I had been discussing taking a trip someone for our anniversary. I had suggested we go on a cruise or travel some where, instead she recommended that I rent a plane and we fly ourselves somewhere. So I was looking for places to go that were reasonably close and that we hadn't been to before.
I decided since I worked on Thursday that I would rent the airplane from Palo Alto and fly to Tracy to pick her up on Thursday afternoon, we would stop for dinner and an overnight at Harris Ranch, then continue on to Catalina Island in the morning.
What an amazing day. Flew from Tracy to Redding (KRDD) for lunch. Had some amazing Chinese food at Peter Chu's Skyroom. Then on the way home, flew a "Bay Tour" over Golden Gate bridge, around Alcatraz then home.