DavTravels: Season 1, Episode 9

Show Notes: 07.21.21 – 04.28.21 I’m working one flight to Boston and then back to Denver the next day. Then I road trip with Jeff, Dawn, T-bug, and K-bug for Russ and Darrien’s wedding! Then it’s off to Salt Lake City for a quick trip to visit the folks’. Next, I’m back at work where I get a surprise visit from my sister Karen, my niece Annie, and my great-nieces Missie and Pepper (whom I’m meeting for the first time)! This was my first time not only on a PWM overnight, but my first time to experience the state of Maine (bucket list items #74 and #99 are one step closer to being accomplished!

Over the past eight years or so, I have really gotten to know the Fenton family.

When I changed my work base from BWI to DEN, I needed a place to stay. Jeff and Dawn opened their doors to me, and pretty soon, I felt like I was just another member of their family. Not only have I grown to know and love them, but with the next generation coming up, they have always referred to me as “Uncle Dav.”

On the 23rd of July, I was blessed to attend a fantastic event with this second family. Darrien married her boyfriend, Russ. It was a fun evening, and there was so much love there! As always, I was there, camera in hand, and got some pretty good footage of the event, if I do say so myself. It was hard to pick the best parts, but I managed to get it down to under 19 minutes!

To the newlyweds, this video is my gift to you! May you constantly be reminded of your love for God as well as your love for each other! I love you!

I’m sitting at the crashpad, waiting for my laundry to finish drying. I’m grateful that my crashpad “mom” has a washer and dryer for us to use, and also that my crashpad “dad” is around to fix them when they die. I think my laundry just finished, but I’m too lazy to walk downstairs to fold clothes at the moment.

I am battling a throat thing at the moment. I woke yesterday to an itchy and sore throat, well the beginnings of one. I could only feel the soreness when I’d swallow. My sister Lori turned me on to a tincture from Butterfly Express called Super C. It’s amazing stuff, and here we are, two days later, and all I have left is the sniffles, and an occasional sneeze.

Say what you want about essential oils, but I think that when you find something that works for you, you need to stick with it. I think we don’t give them enough credit- after all, all of our modern medicines derived, at least in part, from a natural source.

I thought it would be cool to start sharing a monthly map of the places I’ve been flying to. Someone online showed me a really cool site that will map your flights and miles for you. This is especially cool of you fly around for a living! When you get a moment, check out GCMAP.com.

Here is my map of routes for the month of December:

This map displays unique routes only. So the routes I flew more than once aren’t reflected. That is 37,531 miles of flying! January is looking like it’s going to be a lot more than this!

I just got back to my room at the Marriott Cancun Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

I took the advice of my “crashpad dad,” Jeff, and had the Surf & Turf. I’m thrilled that I did! The piece of prime rib that I just ate was probably the most delicious prime rib I’ve eaten since my first experience with Ruth’s Chris (see post). The lobster tail on the plate next to it was the perfect accompaniment!

If you know me- you know I don’t usually eat out this lavish. Since this is my first time in Cancun (well, my first “official” visit, at least), I thought it was worth it. The only other time I’ve been here doesn’t really count because I didn’t even have the opportunity to stop out of the jetway at the airport (see post). They give me “turns” like that just to tease me and mess with my mind. A “turn”, in my line of work, means you fly away from your base and then back by the end of the day. So you don’t get to stay on a layover/ overnight.

What does this mean? This means I can finally check off bucket list item number 13, which is to go to Cancun. I told the desk clerk that this was my first time here, and she gave me a great room that is right on the ocean! I am amazed at this beautiful view! I was so impressed, in fact, that I walked around and did a live Periscope! The video ended up begin just over 17 minutes long. It’s pretty long, yes, but it gives you a good look at the view a walk around the hotel and grounds. Click here to watch.

I wish I had a long time here, but my alarm is set, and I have to be up pretty early in the morning. Sadly, I’m coming back to the states first thing. I would mind coming down here on my own time and checking into the Marriott for at least a week.

IMG_7257I had the day off of work, and rather thank spend one whole day at home, I stayed at the crashpad. Today Jeff, my crashpad dad, and I pretended to be farmers. Next to the barn, behind the house, there is a chicken coop. It needed some fixing up, so that was today’s activity. After a quick ride on the tractor with Tatum, we were off to the farmer supply to pick up some chicken wire, some wood chips for the floor of the coup, six chicks, and two ducks.


IMG_7265Adrian was right out there working with us. This means so much to me since there were a few other roommates who chose to stay inside and not help. He actually made the job more fun, with his sense of humor. I’m enjoying getting to know him a little bit better. You really know who someone truly is when and if they show up to help.

In his own words, “I feel like an underpaid Mexican.” Funny because he is a second-generation U.S. citizen whose parents came from Baja Mexico.

IMG_7273Whiz came out after awhile to inform us that he was there to supervise. The only reason he hadn’t come out earlier is because he was resting from a rather vicious work trip.

Even though we were almost finished by the time he arrived, I still commend him for at least showing up. I know that if we’d have needed help, he would have put on some shoes and helped out. It’s just the kind of person he is.


Jeff is Dawn’s husband and therefore the “Dad” of our crashpad. The more I get to know this guy, the more I appreciate him.


6 Chickens


2 Ducks