Holy smokes, we bought an airplane!

Tuesday was one of those days that we’ll never forget.  After a year-long, exhaustive search for an airplane that would fit our budget, our lifestyle and would perform well in the mountains…we finally found it.  And in the most unexpected way.

Through the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), Mark found two people in our county that own Kitfox airplanes.  Two weeks ago he reached out to them to see how they liked their aircraft.  One wrote back “would you like to buy mine?”.  Mark and I both about fell on the floor.  We had been looking for a Kitfox for sale anywhere in the country and had accepted the fact that we’d most likely be traveling at least two states away to buy one.  Most that came up for sale were in Washington, Texas, New York and Florida.  It’s seemed too good to be true that there was possibly an airplane for us just 30 miles away.

We took a look at it on a Thursday and after hours and hours of research, discussion and soul-searching, we decided this was the one.  It was within our budget and the build work was done beautifully.  The one caveat being that the motor is not currently operational.  Yeah, you read that right, it doesn’t run.  Not knowing with 100% certainty how much money it would take to get the motor running made this purchase a risk for us but we very thoughtfully weighed the pros and cons, discussed the best and worst possible outcomes and decided it was a risk we were willing to take.


We’re not afraid of taking risks…calculated risks.  We’re not afraid of failure.  Not trying…not doing anything at all is what scares us more than anything.

So on Tuesday, what has been a dream of ours for longer than I can remember, became a reality.  We picked up our airplane (that luckily has folding wings) and trailered it back to our home airport.  There’s nothing quite like the reality of your dreams being met with an uncertain future to make you feel like you want to cry tears of joy and throw up all at the same time.  At least that’s how I felt as I followed Mark down the highway, keeping a close eye on the airplane in hopes that it made the journey home in one piece.

Now the work begins.  We are determined to see this bird fly.  This project has lit a fire under us like never before and we are so excited to see where it takes us.  We always say “invest in experience” and no matter what happens we know this will be an experience we’ll never forget.

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Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com


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