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Old 07-14-2012, 12:37 AM
douglassmt douglassmt is offline
 
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Default First Trip Log

After reading, and being motivated/inspired by, so many great trip logs, it's finally my turn to put up a few pics from a great trip we just took to Oregon in the recently completed plane. I hope there will be many more to come and I hope to get better about taking the right photos, and taking better ones.

It started as a short 2-day business trip to central Oregon. Work got done in one day instead of two. What to do? A call to Wally Anderson at Synergy Air in Eugene (who taught me everything I know about building RVs) and John Stahr (Stahr Design, who helped design my paint job) also in Eugene, revealed they would be around Thursday morning. Off we launched from Prineville to Eugene.

Sisters, OR - a future destination


Crossing the Cascades between Sisters and Hood:


Final approach into Eugene


John's Plane - wow


After visiting with Wally and lunch with John, still looking for something to do, we asked John if he knew anyplace to fly to/stay on the coast. As luck would have it, John recently painted an RV-10 for Doug Neibert, who with his wife Dee owns a great B&B on Oregon Coast (Tyeelodge.com). Make a call, rooms available, weather soon clears to get in to Newport. We're off!

Enroute Eugene-Newport


First view of the coast:


Tied up on the ramp at Newport:


Doug picks us up at the airport and takes us to the B&B. What a great spot!


View from the front yard:


Gorgeous lighthouse a short walk from the B&B:


to be continued
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:37 AM
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Fabulous dinner at Local Ocean - recommended by Doug:


Maybe my best birthday ever, out of all 39


My bride and starting-to-see-how-much-fun-this-airplane-can-be flying partner:


Napping on the front lawn waiting on the marine layer to clear - we're talking RELAXING:


Flew to Aurora, parked in front of the Van's hangar. The plane returns home to the nest for the first time:


The nicest gentleman was just getting out of his RV-12, came over to look at my plane and chat:


Seemed pretty knowledgable:


Liked what I'd done on a couple things:


And also happens to be the founder/CEO/head guy of Van's Aircraft. How cool is that?


A great trip, with a little spontaneity and adventure, a taste of the tight-knit RV community, and new friends. Not to mention a chance meeting with Van on the ramp at the MotherShip. Could it get any better?

to be continued...
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:48 AM
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Could it get any better?

Yep, a close fly-by of Mount Hood on the way home, Aurora to Missoula in 2 hours, 28 gallons of gas.

Sweet!

We stepped inside the factory and saw the sign that I saw during my tour before I started building. I took a picture of it and put it on the door of my shop so I would see it every time I left after working on the next part. Words to live by.


Keep pounding those rivets!
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:09 AM
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Default You were also at Three Forks Montana last Saturday

I looked for a photo but couldn't find one until I went to the Big Sky Air Race thread and saw you sitting behind me in the runway hold line where Brian Carroll took a photo of Jason sitting there smoke on waiting for release. You have a very fast RV-10.

I enjoyed your photos of your trip to Oregon - it is a very good destination. I organized a fly-in to Hood River in 1994 where I took this photo of Multnomah Falls by the upper bluff road on the south side of the river in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.



There are several waterfalls along this road but this is the most spectacular.

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:56 AM
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Bob, it was nice to meet you at the BSAR, and I really enjoyed my first race experience. It's pretty neat to start meeting in person the folks I've been "meeting" on VAF over the last few years. I definitely want to go back to Oregon....it's so much closer now
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:09 AM
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Default I see you are having a blast too...

See ya at Osh in 7 days, but who's counting.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:30 AM
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Nice, I always like travel pics. Keep it up.

Pretty special meeting the Man and talking shop.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:36 AM
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Wow! I dream of Van pictured by my RV. Happy birthday!
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Wow! I dream of Van pictured by my RV. Happy birthday!
I heard he won't pose for pictures in front of non-painted RVs!

Very nice report, looking forward to the rest.
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Default NICE !!!!

Great Post Bryan.....nice airplane
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