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Old 06-28-2012, 06:42 PM
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Default Hazen ND to Townsend MO

Second day of the trip promised to be very interesting and it was. It even exceeded my expectations. The plan was to fly from ND to MO to visit an aspiring air racer and her driver then direct to Copalis Beach S16. Scores of RVs landed on that one and only FAA airported sand and I was very jealous.

After S16 I planned overnight stop in Yakima, a CubCrafters tour and TonyBoy seeing. KatieB had already arranged everything for me. But Mother Nature had different plans.


Had to wait couple minutes for official sunrise.







Climbed to even +500' jammed the stick and had a snack. Decades ago military doctors had a theory that dark chocolate stimulates the brain. Let's see how it works.






Indeed it brightened up the vision. Darkness went away







Landscape was gorgeous.






Soon I crossed the state line.







Those little pyramids reminded me burial mounds of mongol ancestors in Kazakhstan.





Terrain was gradually rising.







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Old 06-28-2012, 06:56 PM
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Default Green Flash

The first photo above reminds me of the "green flash." I have been looking for it for 40 years or so and haven't seen it yet. It does exist and situations like the above would seem ideal to see it.

Anyone seen it from the RV?
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:59 PM
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Sitting in total comfort and enjoying the views. Dark chocolate worked I got smarter. Soon I saw first mountain range. I never took any formal training for mountain flying but I've read a lot about it and had general understanding of those tricky air masses. So, I diverted to this free standing range to check if those articles I read were right.







Strapped myself tight to the seat and flew straight into the gorgeous.





One, two, three..... boom... good kick from the rear bottom... ended couple feet high pitch up and in 45 degree bank. My iPad screen went aerobatic, cursed and crashed






Cool. One more time






Nice. Articles were right there are weird airstreams in those valleys.


Time to go back on track. Brian (hydroguy2) is probably tracking me and wonders why I deviated so strangely. After I crossed last range wall and started to decent I heard on advisory: N666BK are you on frequency? Sure I am. Good work Brian you should switch your dam work for ATC


Here comes Townsend.






Runway repavement was completed yesterday. They probably knew I was coming



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Old 06-28-2012, 07:12 PM
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Aurora was in swimsuit.





The driver in T-shirt. What they were doing in the hangar I don't know





Brian introduced me to his friends. Cool folks.










He liked that Catto three bladed prop and thinking of putting one on Aurora.






Then we went through the town with three churches, five bars and one bank





to Pink Flamingo for a bite.



It seems to me this town likes everything pink. Roads in the vicinity are pink





baby antelopes have a slight coral tint






and reformed school bus is a dream of every bar owner in Greenwich Village



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Old 06-28-2012, 07:23 PM
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We ate tasty burritos then Brian and his friends drove me back to the airport. I got great audio tour of the surrounding areas on the way.





Brian briefed me on best altitudes and told me to come back any time I want. This leg was direct Copalis Beach S16.

Climbing out of Townsend I noticed something deep. I've seen some quarries in Siberia where radar altimeter showed drop several hundred feet below but this hole....







is deeper. What do they mine here?






After this lake pretty and hospitable Montana town dissolved. I was on my own.





Telephone signal was still strong and I was able to pull 5 minutes radar. Things ahead started to change...
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:37 PM
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Holy Hindukush! Stunning beauty and a bit scary! I need to fly over mountains more often. Very unusual feeling. I've already trained myself over open water but over mountains? Not ready yet. Now I know what Tony was talking about.














Let me get higher, plug the oxygen in and eat more dark chocolate Two hours to the beach.


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That's a gold mine near Jefferson City, MT

Also I think the number of Churches and Bars are equal these days...besides in Montana bars are considered a place of worship.

No hanky panky in the hangar. I had Aurora stripped down for exhaust repair, she likes to be free.

I was tracking you and saw the deviation towards the Castle Mountains. I figured after coming across ND, you were wondering "what the heck are those big bumps over there?"

Glad to have you stop by. On your trip back I showed Neil and Tracy your APRS tracker page. They really thought it was cool.
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VFR over the top and mountains below....
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VFR over the top and mountains below....
and no ejection seat
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You da man Vlad... Поздравляю с Днем Рождения

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