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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:26 PM | 2,286 Views
n Monday we decided to go for a change. With the winds still clocking at 30mph+ we went for a day of site seeing. We headed for McMinnville to check out the aviation museum and the Spruce Goose.
Along the way we stopped at Multnomah falls for some pics. By the time we reached McMinnville it was 1:30pm. After a whirlwind tour we packed up and headed toward Portland. In Portland we made a quick stop at the Brooklyn Locomotive shops (me being a closet rail buff). Took some pictures of the steam and diesel engines and then a few wrong turns in downtown Portland trying to get back on the interstate (I-5). After getting out of Portland rush hour traffic we headed to Mt St Helens in Washington. Unfortunately we missed some turns and ended up reaching a viewpoint for Mt St Helens at Sunset. Fantastic views. We finally we trundled through darkness for over an hour on curvy roads to reach Hood River for the night.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 22, 2009 @ 11:28 AM | 2,300 Views
Sunday we decided to go to the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. First stop was Klickitat. Winds were at 30-35MPH. It was almost too windy to have fun. The trees were roaring with the sound of wind.Ben flew his Gulp, Dan flew his Half-Pipe. Larry and I watched and took pictures. We stopped in Klickitat and found our favorite restuarant shut down (Huntington's).
At this point we decided to head up to Greyback Mtn, hoping the wind would be more to our liking (~15-20mph). With no maps or directions it took some time but we finally found it. Unfortunatley it was just as windy or worse. Only I flew my Gulp here, because no one would step within 50' of the cliff. Best (!!!) part was we had to stop to traverse a creek with the truck and Ben noticed something moving in in the weeds by the truck. It was a small rattler, first one I'd seen out in the NW.
We traveled back down to the Columbia, stopped at Klickitat falls to watch the Indians fish (the weren't). Headed East on the Washington side to the Stonehenge replica and crossed above the Dalles. We ended the day with dinner at Shari's.
Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 21, 2009 @ 10:12 AM | 1,964 Views
Well time has come for our annual slope Safari to Oregon. This year it was Ben Carroll, Larry Squires, Dan Johns and I.
We've flown into Portland into rainy skies. But not to fret, by the time we reached our "slope headquarters" of Hood River the skies had cleared and the wind was up.
Saturday we drove up to Bald Butte. Spent all day at "Bald", winds 10-18mph and lift was "gynormus"! We were pulling huge half pipes and specking out with screaming speed runs. Ben and I really wringed out our Gulps while Dan and Larry played with their Half-pipes and 36" JWs.
We finally capped our day by an all you can eat dinner at the Mongolian Grill.

Flyin' and grinnin'
Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 11, 2009 @ 09:51 PM | 1,612 Views
Jon Weyl has been having some excellent luck (and fun) with his new Radian. He's flown straight sailplanes for years and it's his first electric. John sent me some pics and I thought I'd share.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 01, 2009 @ 10:12 PM | 1,717 Views
I haven't posted for several weekends. I've been lazy and we've been getting a lot of rain. The weekend before last was a "rain-out". This weekend was a little better, we did get rain, but it was light and was toward the end of the day.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 11, 2009 @ 08:03 PM | 2,195 Views
Saturday was very hot, very sunny and had very little wind. As you might guess we had to rely on thermal flying or electrics to get anywhere. Ted brought up his Electric BOT with video camera and got some great video. Although when he had a Osprey flying with him his camera failed......bummer (that would have some great video).
We had a new member join up and visit from North Palm Beach county, Mike Jackson. He had never flown in so many strong thermals before. Outside of a strong sunburn he had a great time.
I actually built a plane and flew it inside a week (stunned silence from the crowd). I debuted my Evo Weasel that I so gratefully won at the Midwest Weasel fest raffle(Thank you Dream-flight and AstroWings). Now you know how easy that plane must be assemble!
Neither Wayne, nor Ben nor me took any pictures. But luckily our man Dan took a few snaps, so enjoy....thank you Dan!

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 06, 2009 @ 09:02 PM | 2,576 Views
Last of my vacation pics to bore you with.

Enjoy
Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 06, 2009 @ 08:58 PM | 2,571 Views
Sorry I've been remiss on keeping the blog current. But even the best of us need a vacation. Just returned from a week long vacation to the NW and Midwest. My wife and I took in Seattle, Port Townsend, Whidby Island, LaConner, Everett and Coupeville. Then a cross country train trip to Milwaukee. Followed by the MidWest Weasel Fest and side trips to Oshkosh, Greenbay and Cedarburg. Obviously it was a busy trip. Even though it's not totally RC related I thought I'd share some photos.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 19, 2009 @ 08:44 PM | 2,669 Views
It was a blustery day out of the East. There a good crowd and lots of great flying. Several times we had groups of 4 or more planes flying in squadron formation rippin across the slope together. On the down side, Charlie lost his Mouton to a midair with a Gulp. Also, Larry lost sight of his eHawk 1500 and we found it pretty crunched up about 1500 ft downwind. Wayne wasn't up this weekend, so Ben and I ended up taking the pics.

Mike