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Inspiration and adventure

June 30, 2014 - Craig Howell
Amelia Earhart is on her way around the world this week; Amelia Rose Earhart that is.

Amelia Rose Earhart is a pilot, named after the famous Amelia Mary Earhart, though not related. She said growing up the name inspired her to seek her own adventures, and that eventually led to the idea of learning to fly and taking her own global trip. In fact, to complete her instrument training, she flew from California to Florida, just as Amelia Mary did.

Late last week, Earhart, who also has worked as a broadcast journalist in Denver and Los Angeles, began her own worldwide adventure, taking off from Oakland, Calif. and heading east toward Miami, in many ways retracing the flight of her namesake almost 80 years ago. Flying a single-engine Pilatus PC-12NG, the 24,300 nautical mile trek can be followed by going online to As I'm writing this, for example, she is shown to be about half-way between South America and Africa.

The trip is, in part, a way to encourage people to find their own adventures. It also will help to promote a foundation the modern-day Earhart has created to encourage young women to get into the aviation field. In fact, according to the website, several flight-training scholarships will be awarded to young women across the country in the coming days.

Adventures can come in many shapes and sizes, whether it be something as simple as a weekend camping trip or a major undertaking like a solo flight around the world. Adventure is about trying something new, pushing our limits, learning, developing new skills and expanding ourselves in the process.

We all have those challenges in our lives, those peaks to which we wish to ascend, those brass rings we attempt to grab. And when we hear tales of others who are reaching for their dreams and working on their own adventure, it tends to spur us on toward accomplishing our own goals.

I wish all the best to Miss Earhart. This truly is an inspirational journey.


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