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Archive for June, 2012
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:06 PM | 5,493 Views
Because it was a rainy weekend, we had a light turnout.. Only six of us showed. The rain left the hill pretty saturated. I had to stop about 300ft from the slope and walk in because of the mud and crud. On the positive side there was good lift, with a decent East wind, so we could let our slopers rip!
As a side note, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper article concerning us and our flying site was published this last Sunday. Here's a link to a picture that didn't make the article, but onto their web gallery: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-pomp...,3652735.photo

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 20, 2012 @ 08:42 PM | 5,140 Views
Saturday was more than we expected. We expected rain and a light wind. Instead it was a clear 15mph wind into the NE bowl. We also had visitors. The site administrator had a Sun-Sentinel photographer up for a future publication on our flying site.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 14, 2012 @ 07:52 PM | 5,436 Views
Our first Saturday back from Oregon. Was sorta of a let down after having 40mph winds, alpine lift, and 12,000 ft peaks. But such is life.
We had a light East wind on the hill, with some great thermals rolling through. So we can't complain too much. Although Florida is quite a bit hotter than I remember before our trip.

Mike

PS I understand the West Coast (Florida) guys are out in Mosier/Hood River this week. Hope you guys are having a good time....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 08, 2012 @ 07:56 PM | 5,616 Views
Day 7 was our last “full” day in the NorthWest. It was still raining in Hood this morning, so we decided to head further up the Gorge to drier areas. We ended up at Kickitat and the wind was ripping. We had about 25 mph steady with gusts into the 40's. As you might guess, flying was great. Although we did have a couple strong winds that seemed to be cold “down” air and if you weren't ready for a landing you could be in trouble. The highlight of flying at Klickitat was having a Bald Eagle Joining us toward the end of the day.
We rushed back to Hood about 4pm. Both Andrew and DJ had sailplane trips out of Hood River airport at 5pm and 6pm respectively. After both flights, we headed over to Mike Stubbs crib for a rib and salmon BBQ. We didn't leave Mike's till late, then we were up to 2am packing our planes for tomorrow's flight.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2012 @ 01:18 AM | 5,773 Views
Monday was a rainout. The whole Gorge was “socked in”. Fortunately, Mike Stubbs was able to hook us up with a private tour of the WAAAM “back shop”. Tom Murphy, the pilot who flew off the top of the Portland Hotel (http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=5049,4504812 ), was out tour host. It was a great time, we got to check out some classic airframes awaiting restoration and see the prototype Stearman , Stearman Model 70 being rebuilt. We finished off the day by stopping at the Cathedral Ridge winery for some tasting, then Double Mountain for a Ferocious Five and finally dinner at Nora's table.

Mike

PS Hopefully the rain will break tomorrow, and we'll be able to hit Klickitat....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 04, 2012 @ 11:44 AM | 5,449 Views
Today is Sunday and we decided on Lumber as the slope Dejour. We got a late start, actually passing the PASS club members quitting for the day. We found Lumber had great lift, but choppy, especially in close. Wind stayed around 15mph. Mike Stubbs joined us later in the afternoon for some quality flight time. At about 6:30PM we had had too much fun and headed down into Hood River, just as a light rain began. After diner at the Waucoma Club we topped it off with a cone from Mike's ice cream.

Mike

PS tomorrow we plan on returning to Klickitat and maybe hit the Dalles on the way back in the evening. The rain may make it a WAAM day....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:47 AM | 5,217 Views
We earmarked Saturday for Eagle Butte. After a 2.5 hour journey we reached Richland.. We were not disappointed, the winds were 30-35mph dead on. We flew almost everything we brought. We begged, borrowed or stole any lead we could find. By the end off the day the wind had reached 50 mph and we were wind-burned, tired, but happy. By 6:30PM we were packed and back on the road. We reached Hood at 9PM and closed out the night with 3 Pizzas and a couple beer rounds (especially liked the Ferocious Five bourbon brew) at Double Mountain.

Mike
PS Tomorrow looks like Lumber....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2012 @ 11:32 AM | 5,551 Views
t is Friday and we decided to head to Klickitat. We got an early start. We found the lift light. It picked up rather spectacularly, but then shifted to the side. With the changing air we voted to move to Grayback. Major good flying at Grayback. Unfortunately, the downside was Ben losing his Gulp into the 2000' valley without recovery. By 6:30pm we began working back to Hood River via Glenwood and Hosum. We closed out a great day with our customary great diner, this time at TheThai House.
Tomorrow, the weather looks good for Eagle Butte, so the game plan is a day trip to Richland and back.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:51 AM | 4,995 Views
Thursday, found us aspiring for more adventure. So it was off to Bald Butte for some 4wd extreme. We spent all day at Bald Butte. Dodged some rain, got lots of windburn. Finally dragged ourselves into town for some Mexican in upper Hood River and called it a day

Mike
PS I shot lots of pictures. Very little time to caption for this blog, so excuse the non-captions....Continue Reading