Flying Around Baja in the 70s

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Laguna Woods, California
November 5, 2017 8:50pm CST
My husband was so excited recently when one of our daughters gave him a Baja Bush Pilot shirt. Being a Bush Pilot in Baja, Mexico was something he actually did when we were young! Back in our 20's, my husband and I owned a small private plane, and my husband had his pilot's license. In order to help out, I also took classes in aircraft navigation, understanding weather forecasts, and making an emergency landing (practicing in a flight simulator). We joined Flying Samaritans and used to fly around Baja, Mexico regularly, often landing on dirt roads and beaches, so we could take dentists down to remote areas of Baja where they would perform free dental services for the poor, isolated people who lived there. My husband and I would take turns being the volunteer "dental assistants," handing the dentist tools, holding a bucket for people to spit into, and grinding up the material to be used for fillings. Often the temporary dental office we used was an open air patio outside a doctor's clinic. Frequently, the whole town turned out to watch their neighbors get teeth pulled or filled and, sometimes, root canals. All the work was performed without x-rays and with an occasional shot of Novocaine as the only anesthesia. We had such crazy, fun adventures during our many trips to Baja during those years! I think everyone should have some wild, carefree adventures in their youth! What about you?
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
6 Nov
Those are wonderful memories. We had our wild adventures, but nothing like this.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Nov
@LadyDuck - Some of the landings we pulled off were pretty crazy. I would die if my kids wanted to do the same thing ... LOL I guess I have a bit of a double-standard, because I never regretted our adventures.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
7 Nov
@DeborahDiane My brother, when he still was a medicine student, was a volunteer for the Ambulance service. It scared me every time he was out. In big crowded cities not all cars respect the priority of an Ambulance and accidents are very common.
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Nov
@LadyDuck - That is true here, too. I see cars ignore ambulances and fire engines all the time, and refuse to pull aside. It is horrifying!
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
6 Nov
That is a very interesting story and a carefree time in your lives. I never had such adventures. Great t-shirt.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Nov
@Happy2BeMe - It is never to late! Put together a little bucket list and have your own adventures!
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
6 Nov
@DeborahDiane I do have a bucket list and have had many adventures but nothing like that. I do agree with you though. It is never too late especially after I have been given a second chance at life.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Nov
@Happy2BeMe - That's a great attitude. You seem to really appreciate the second opportunity you have been given and plan to make the most of it!
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• China
6 Nov
You still have fond memories of your time flew around Baja, Mexico,which is really something to do.It is really great that you began to dedicate yourselves to charity in your youth.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Nov
@changjiangzhibin89 - My husband and I have always been committed to various types of charitable work. We have actually really loved all the different ways we have helped others.
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• China
7 Nov
@DeborahDiane You are kind-hearted people and take pleasure in helping others.It reminds me of the saying"it is more blessed to give than to receive".
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Nov
@changjiangzhibin89 - Thank you. It really is more blessed to give than receive, if for no other reason than because it makes us feel so good to be able to help, even a little bit.
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@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
6 Nov
Indeed, sounds like a blast. Many love vacationing in Baja. Cool you guys had fun while helping people at the same time.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Nov
@crossbones27 - Yes, our days there were a win-win for both us and the people who we helped.
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• Redlands, California
6 Nov
@DeborahDiane Neat how you guys pulled that off.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Nov
@crossbones27 - I think when we find the right charitable commitment, it can be as much fun for the giver as for the recipient of the help. We have always found that to be true.