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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2011 @ 12:49 PM | 5,344 Views
Saturday started off slow. The wind was light to say the least. And it was coming out of the East. Unfortunately that left only one place to fly, Rowena. Wind was light and we mainly flew on Alpine lift. At times wind reached 15mph, but it was for brief periods. Nonetheless, we got some good flying in. We ended the day early (4pm), on a good note, no crashes and no outlandings (not a good thing at Rowena's shear drop).
In the evening we Met Gorge Flyer (Mike S) down at the Bike races in downtown Hood. Topped the day off with some beers ans pizza's at Double Mountain pub.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 04, 2011 @ 11:44 AM | 4,366 Views
Today was a bust. Wind was practically non-existant. Predictions were for eventually 6-8mph out of the East. So we decided do to some "guy" stuff. The decision was made to head to McMinnville and check out the Museum.
Along the way we stopped at Frye's Electronics. The stop lasted almost 2hours. Plenty of boys toys.
The McMinnville Everegreen Museum was a treat. They have added several different buildings. They now have the aviation museum, space museum, Imax, and a water park (with a 747 and waterslide).
By the time we arrived back in Hood River it was after 7pm. We ended the day by meeting Gorge flyer and friends at Nora's Table in Hood. Of course we didn't missout on a cone from Mike's icecream (which was mobbed) to put the icing on the cake.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2011 @ 11:45 AM | 3,462 Views
We awoke Thursday to white caps on the Columbia and 30+ mph winds. With those optimistic signs we headed early to Bald Butte. Unfortunately, when we arrived a the "Bald" we discovered we didn't have 4wd on out truck and the road was very wet (read mud). We we went up the road about 1000 ft and decided to park it as we found ourselves sliding in the mud. We walked in and checked out the conditions. Since we didn't carry planes up (it's a long trip), we took a quick look and walked down to head for another slope. Our next stop was the backside of Rowena. Rowena was rocking, winds were gusting to 40+ mph. Tom attempted a test Flight with his Super Scooter but it was so violently thrown around, he recommended we move on. So again we packed up and ended to the Dalles flying site. Dalles was great. Wind was almost straight on and the air was smooth. Tom flew his SS and his M60. DJ whipped out his Sunbird and I flew my Triffic.
After we flew our brains out there we decided to head to Klickitat and try out a diffrent slope. When we reached Klickitat we found the wind was hitting the slope from a terrible angle. As a result, we tried a few passes and found the conditions were much like Rowena backside. By this time it was late afternoon and we decided to explore for new sites. We drove out of Klickitat and took the back road, over the top and worked the ridgeline along the Klickitat valley. We then worked along Hwy 14 checking out possible slopes and LZs. By then it was 6pm, eventually we made an early night of it and and hit the sack. Stay tuned for more.......

Mike W in Hood
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2011 @ 12:01 AM | 2,789 Views
This year only 3 hardy souls ventured out from the Pompano Hills Flyers for our annual Oregon slope trip. Tom, DJ and I both arrived mid-day in Portland. We made a straight run to Hood River, dropped everything at our motel and went straight to Lumber and sloped till we dropped. Not bad for a first day.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:15 PM | 2,409 Views
That's all folks. Next pics will be of the Oregon trip. Actually, that's where I'm sending this pics from right now. Just got into Oregon last night.

Mike W in Hood River.