Vlad, was the Bangor stop for customs?
Voyage to Hidden Paradise
Trip was well planned thanks to Ron Belliveau who responded to my question What's up in Nova Scotia? with Come and See. Now Ron owns it.
Hop in my RV and up I go. Glad to be out of this.
Crossed some taiga plenty of landing spots.
In two hours was descending to Bethel Regional Airport in Maine.
Cheap fuel here topped off. Cool terminal with well stocked fridge. Not a single person around and it's nice Saturday morning. Made couple phone calls to foreign government institutions and left.
In the midst of the Gulf (of Maine). An interesting thing I figured out. If you don't see both shores and there are clouds build up the engine indeed sounds differently.
I was briefed on local weather. That corner of Canada I am heading to is always misty. Doesn't matter if weather is excellent all over Canada, Nova Scotia still would be foggy. The good thing about fog is it's keeping all those VFR pilots out of this paradise otherwise invaders would be here in large numbers...
Finally I can see some land.
Found my first foreign airport.
Nobody showed up at declared time, I made a phone call to CANPASS just to make sure I am all right. They said good to go.
Ron grass strip is 8 minutes from Yarmouth. Identifier CLE4. I've never seen such smooth, wide and large grass field. Ron spent 16 years building it. The area was foresty and he made huge hill on one side to level the runway. He said he enjoyed the process very much. He operates his RV10 out of it as well as Cub on floats and a Cessna.
My RV enjoyed company with Ron's planes. She was never by a seaplane in her life.
Then we drove to a famous local restaurant. Ordered famous local seafood dish and a brew. Yum yum somebody missed a lot.
After the meal Ron showed me the vicinity and introduced me to his friends and partners.
This is a strip owned by one of his buddies.
Then we checked the cottage of his partner Allister.
Combat dog. A bit aged but still very sharp.
Allister's experimental Cub. He and Ron own almost identical ones.
Remember we are still at the cottage. In couple minutes a boat goes afloat.
Now look at this Russian. Without personal Gulfstream jet, seven figure exec pay and mega yacht. Nobody believes me I know :D
That's where I ended for the day. Far from civilization, no phone and no internet.
Ron left me transportation I never needed.
Tomorrow will be another more exciting day!
Couple small mistakes, one is the other grass strip doesn't belong to a friend. It's an airpark , belonging to a group of pilots. And lastly , you were not in total wilderness you did have a phone, you just chose not to use it. And, what did you watch in television, Oh ya I wasn't supposed to mention that.
Oh I thought the Finlay airpark belongs to the guy we met there my memory is excellent after couple beers. :D
Your cottage is absolutely totally isolated from mainland. It's a beautiful spot.
Tonight I will get to your shipyard, formation seaplane flying and fishing boat excursions. Please visit to correct I might miss something again. :D
What a beautiful trip!
I slept like baby. Fresh air and absolute silence. No fire trucks no night ambulances nothing. Woke up to this idyllic scenery.
Then I saw a TV in the corner and a remote. Guilty clicked :D. Only once.
Next minute somebody was knocking the door :eek: Ron's brother-in-law Harold showed up. Hey who are you wanna go fishing? Hail yes! Sorry, Harold this is the best picture I got out of two dozen :)
They keep log of all fishes they caught.
With Harold's help I caught one too. If the bass kept that big mouth shut he would never got caught :D
First Seaplane Ride
In 20 minutes or so we heard upcoming sound. That familiar sound of healthy Lycoming you can not miss. Ron was coming to the cottage with his experimental seaplane.
We stopped fishing and peddled to the dock.
I've never been aboard a seaplane. I've seen them at Oshkosh and at some airports but never rode in one. Looks like Ron is determined to correct that :)
He built this beautiful Cub on floats and already put a lot of hours on it. Flew some distant places like Newfoundland and somewhere else exotic.
He talked me through every procedure.
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