The adventure of a lifetime!

In March of 2015, I had the adventure of a lifetime!

It began when I was planning a trip to visit my friends Bob Taylor (to tour their new Mexican facility), and also to visit with Doug Shane (to tour The Space Ship Company) . Doug is now the President of Richard Branson’s space tourism project.

Bob was also interested in the Space Ship Company tour, and Doug was interested in seeing the new Taylor factory. Doug is a great guitar player! The problem is the distance between the two companies is about a 6 hour drive. We were trying to figure out how to coordinate it all when Bob graciously said ” How about we take our jet”. “Jim, you spend
the night here with me, in the morning we can fly out to visit Doug and spend the day with him. Doug can fly back with us and you guys can spend the night with me and in the morning I will drive you both to Mexico”. Wow!! how cool is that! Count me in!

I have put together a few highlight photos from the trip. I can’t say enough about Bob and his generosity to me over the years. The guidance and inspiration he has given me is priceless. Two Taylor’s have changed my life. Bob and James.. I am forever grateful.

Jim’s Visit to Scaled Composites

On September 29th, 2004, Jim and friend Kevin Ryan witnessed the launch of SpaceShipOne in its quest for the 10 million dollar Ansari X-Prize. As guests of Doug Shane, Jim and Kevin were able to tour the facility at Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites within hours of the successful flight. Be sure to see the pictures of Doug’s guitar.

Jim’s Desert Trip

In March of 2003, Jim was invited by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars to take a three day trip to the Yuma Desert to ride “sport quads” in the many miles of sand dunes. Having no experience at this sort of thing, Jim was a bit like a “fish out of water” to start, but with a little help, he soon had the hang of it. Here are some of the pictorial highlights from the trip.