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Published July 23, 2011, 05:52 PM

California Teen Stops in Grand Forks on Unique Senior Trip

A California teenager landed in Grand Forks on a unique journey around the country. Taylor De Ley is "flying solo" and visiting areas he's never been to.

A California teenager landed in Grand Forks on a unique journey around the country.

Taylor De Ley is "flying solo" and visiting areas he's never been to.

It's a 6 week trip some teenagers may be jealous of.

"It's going to be about 10-thousand miles and about 70 flight hours." De Ley said.

17-year-old Taylor De Ley's senior trip was a no brainer, flying around the perimeter of the United States solo.

"I mean it's just something kind of unique and I got my pilot's license a few months ago so I thought it would be pretty cool to go to the 4 corners." De Ley said.

De Lay is staying in East Grand Forks with a family friend on his way to northern Maine. With 4 weeks to go, people who know him are pretty impressed.

"Taylor's an only child and so I think it's kind of his way to declare his independence a little bit." family friend Douglas Peterson said.

"My dad was all over it, my friends thought it was neat I guess, my mom wasn't so happy." De Ley said.

The young pilot gets calls from his parents every couple hours to see how he's doing.

De Ley is doing great as he takes a trip of a lifetime that hopefully inspires others.

"You know, not many teenagers are involved in aviation and hopefully we can get a few more involved." De Ley said.

Taylor is heading to Maine, Florida, then back to California.

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