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Sunday, August 23, 2015

"The Alvord" - - Weekend Trip to the Desert

One of my goals in the RV has been to make it to Alvord Desert.  Its in the Southeast corner of Oregon and sits at about 4100 feet in Elevation.  About 3 hours from Seattle with a stop in Burns Oregon for Fuel, the desert is definitely in reach for a weekend away.  The summer has been so nice in Seattle, but of course the day of the flight to Alvord, Paine was low IFR and scheduled to be until about Mid Day.  Turns out we were meeting people in Burns, and the weather was pretty good for an IFR departure, so I filed to Burns and off we went.  At about 500 feet we were in the clouds but it only lasted for about 10 mins..  Then we were in and out for the first ½ hour of the flight.  I filed for 7K, but asked for 9 since we could see the blue above us.  They finally gave us 9K and we climbed right out to the blue on top.

Got some fuel in Burns, and went the 1/2 hour to Alvord on full tanks.  Such an amazing experience.  Here are some photos and a video of our departure the following day.  Just an overnight, but with stargazing, fireworks, rockets, flares, drones and all kinds of fun night activities it really was a great get away.  The flight home was uneventful, we stopped in The Dalles for fuel, and with a slight headwind make it home in just over 3 ½ hours.

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Video - Chasing my Shadow over the Alvord


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day at Sunriver

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We had an unusually supreme day in the Northwest last Saturday.  Taking advantage of this we decided to make a long cross country over the mountains and down into Oregon.   The 2 hour flight to Sunriver was about as amazing of a flight that you can ever have in an RV.  Bekah and I got some great in cockpit video along with audio that really gives you an idea of how nice it was up in the sky.  Also we went down there with a gaggle of RVs (and one Trinidad), 5 planes in total.  We all launched at approximately the same time so were able to stay in contact with each other and provide position reports on the air to air frequency.  Air to Air radio works for hundreds of miles when all airplanes are up at altitude.   We all then arrived at Sunriver about the same time (within 20 mins), and one of the guys got a few great shots of us landing.  All in All was a terrific day ! !         

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Misc Winter Flying 2014/15

I haven’t posted for a while, but have been flying really consistently.  The winter this year has been great, so we have been getting up to some great stuff.  Here are some pics and things showing what we have been doing this winter !  


Places we have been in our RV-7 ! (Blue 2013, Yellow 2014, Green 2015, Purple 2016, Red 2017)