Entries by Mikaela Judd


Express Assistant Chief Pilot Christina Rzeplinski

Mar 8, 2021 Mikaela Judd Flying wasn’t the original plan for Christina Rzeplinski. But after taking a private jet to tour colleges on the East Coast, the trajectory of her life was forever changed. Christina wanted to be a pilot. “I was really lucky. A girlfriend from high school took me with her to tour […]


6 Cuddle-Worthy Destinations in the San Juan Islands

Oct 21, 2020 Mikaela Judd Slow-paced island life, farm-to-table cuisine, and intimate accommodations make for the perfect winter escape. Though the San Juan Islands aren’t as popular during the drizzly season, the relatively deserted towns make for a crowd-free adventure. The slow pace allows shop owners and artisans linger with customers. Cloudy days offer their […]


Caitlin Hunter — Boeing Field Supervisor

Oct 12, 2020 Mikaela Judd Raised in the airline industry, Caitlin Hunter’s no stranger to helping make a passenger’s travel day fly by smoothly. She joined her mom at SkyWest Airlines in 2005, doing anything and everything that was needed. “You name it, I’ve done it. Working the ticket counter. Loading bags. Pushing the airplane […]


Lead Kenmore Air Machinist and Welder, Mike Smith

Aug 18, 2020 Mikaela Judd Quality craftsmanship — that’s what motivates Mike Smith. As the lead machinist and welder at Kenmore Air, doing things the right way every time is essential. “I like having to do stuff right. I like that part of my job,” said Mike. In his role at Kenmore Air Mike specializes […]

Best Orcas Island Bike Routes

Quiet, tree-lined roads wind around lakeshores and cow pastures. They skim rocky beaches and crest mountain tops. This is Orcas Island. The largest in the San Juans, it’s roughly 57-square miles. With a horseshoe shape and the archipelago’s tallest peak (Mount Constitution), the remote gem offers a geographically diverse wonderland of view and nature. While […]