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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 04, 2009 @ 09:50 PM | 2,417 Views
Finally we get a windy day. Well, at least a good 10mph. The last few weekends have been really poor sloper days. This Saturday gave us at least a little hope. As a net result there was a lot more "air traffic" on the slope which resulted in a lot of excitement and mid-airs.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 26, 2009 @ 12:28 PM | 2,527 Views
Seems like this summer has seen some pretty crappy flying weather. Today was no exception. Very little wind. We started out on the West side and had to flip to the East side by days's end. On top of that, we had several showers come through with lightening off in the distance. We ended up going down to the Peachtree restuarant early.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 18, 2009 @ 08:49 PM | 2,435 Views
Great thermal day, not very good for sloping. Wind started in the Southwest but slowly rotated around to the South. Everyone was up on the West side and shifted to the to the South side in different groups. Because of the heat and the very light wind, almost everyone quit early and headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 11, 2009 @ 06:39 PM | 2,441 Views
I see Ted has just posted a video over at Vimeo on flying his wing on the south side of the hill. Great vid Ted.

Mike

Euroclydon Video (4 min 38 sec)

Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 11, 2009 @ 05:40 PM | 2,447 Views
Since we've gotten back from Oregon flying at the "hill" has been very hot (95+) and the wind has been weak to non-existant. Thankfully this Saturday we finally had some wind. It wasn't a strong breeze, but we did have about 10mph on the East/SouthEast side. The thermal guys were specking out and the sloper guys were finally getting a chance to get some "air" time.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2009 @ 11:14 PM | 2,896 Views
Sunday was our last full day in the NorthWest. Basically it was a travel day from Joseph, OR to Hood River, OR. We did get in early enough to stop across the river in Klickitat for some final flights before packing. After a couple hours of flying we headed into Hood River and started our packing.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2009 @ 09:00 PM | 2,598 Views
On Saturday we attended the funfly/aero-tow at the Joseph golf course. We stayed around and watched until about 2pm, then Ben and I headed back up toward Memaloose for some slopeing (Larry and Dan elected to relax underneath some trees and watch the aero-tow). We had found a spot the day before, that was ~6.5miles out of Imnaha on the way to Memaloose/Hatpoint and flew there until almost 5pm. I unfortunately forgot my transmitters so I had to share Ben's Gulp. Ben and I came back and met up with Dan and Larry for supper. Then Ben, Dan and I headed to Lake Wallowa campgrounds for a cookout with all the other flyers (Larry wasn't feeling well). We ended the evening by watching some RC waterplane flying on Lake Wallowa as the sun set.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 27, 2009 @ 12:24 PM | 2,579 Views
Friday, we made the long trek up to Memaloose. The air was not good. It was actually coming from the backside of the slope. We had to fly electric and about 4:30pm we decided to give up and head back to Joseph. We stopped at Granny View (about 4 miles down from Memaloose) and found it was quite flyable. So Dan and Ben flew over the abyss for a quick fix. I decided to look down on the slope where Mark lost his XR wing 6 years ago. And darned if i didn't find it. We're bringing it back for Mark to bronze....LOL.
We continued on down for about another 10 miles and found another slope with the alpine lift roaring through. We joined about 4 other flyers and were "rippin" for quite a bit of time. Finally we crawled back into Joseph about 9:00pm and headed to Embers for dinner.
Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 26, 2009 @ 11:55 AM | 2,615 Views
Thursday was a day for Mt Howard. We did a little exploring around Joseph (airport, golf range and Wallowa lake). Spent all afternoon on top of Mt. Howard. Great views, had a nice lunch and some great photo ops with the chipmunks and squirrels. Ben had a chance to fly his Art Hobby Universal on the south side of the Mountain. There was decent slope lift (for once) and he only had to use the motor to land on the backside of the slope.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 24, 2009 @ 11:26 AM | 2,445 Views
Tuesday could be summed up in one word....dead. There was no wind. We headed up to Lumber in hopes of getting at least some thermal or alpine lift. Amazingly, we talked Dan and Larry into the ˝ mile walk up the back side of the slope. We soon found the little bit of wind was coming on the back side of lumber (~3mph). So for he rest of the day we flew electrics from our camp chairs. The only highlights were an Navy EA-6 flying up the valley and a full size glider working the ridge line.
In the afternoon we headed down to Hood River airport to visit the antique airplane and car museum.
By then, Larry and Dan were “plum tuckered out”. While they went back to the motel, we headed down to Rowena to check out the East wind there. The wind began to pick up up at Rowena, but the wind reversed to the West(??!!) and it was time to meet for dinner.
We met up with Dan and Larry at Dixie's in upper Hood River for dinner. Mike (GorgeFlyer) also met us and we had a great dinner with a few local beers to close out the day.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:26 PM | 2,381 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