Recently a very nasty hail storm hit my airplane, a humble Grumman Traveler. We elected to sell it for salvage rather than have it repaired...there was just too much damage. And although not the prettiest or fastest aiprlane, it was my airplane...so this event has prompted a lot of reflection. I bought 1/3 ownership into the plane, and got my private license (in that order), shortly after a life changing flight through Mexico. This story is about that flight, written by Bill Strahan some years ago.