I have the goal of buying my own plane one day. I'm not even a pilot yet, just studying ground school material, but I'm becoming obsessed with establishing an object for this vision I have! My missions would involve, in order of priority: 1. Flying a family of four (2 adults, 2 children, modest baggage) from Boulder, CO to Louisville, Kentucky or to San Diego, CA at least appreciably faster than driving, which we do far too often. (Multiple stops are OK) 2. Flying from Boulder to Rifle, CO to see my dad. This would involve some pretty serious mountain flying - crossing the divide at Rollins or Corona pass just outside Boulder and following the Colorado River down to Glenwood and down the I-70 corridor. (Awesome, right!?) 3. Some intro/lite backcountry trips. I'm an avid backpacker and it would be a dream to fly into an airstrip to access some remote backcountry stuff. 4. Fly into Black Rock City someday, if you know what I'm sayin'. I know I need power (for mountains/altitude), but I also don't want to break the bank with these 1000+ mile trips. I know those trips will be expensive, but I'd like to make them "attractive" from a fun vs. cost vs. convenience perspective. Maybe these are two planes? Maybe my dream plane covers the mountain flying and fun stuff and I have to rent a plane for the long trips, or visa versa? But maybe there's a magical option that gets most of this done-ish. For this dream to become reality, it has to fit my budget too. I'd love to have enough money to get a sweet six place turbo with creature comforts, but that won't be in the cards in the time horizon I'm working with (or ever). I'm thinking something in the sub-$100k range with moderate operating costs. Dream-worthy, but realistic. Obviously this would be an older plane, I would think. Thanks for reading. Thanks in advance to anyone who puts a moment of thought into this selfish request for wisdom.