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Old 06-29-2012, 12:28 PM
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...of great memories of my Oshkosh trip in 2010. I stayed in Hazen ND both ways. Going to I stayed in a motel. On the way back I used the room at the FBO. Courtesy van was great. Because of weather I was AOG for an extra day, which I used to tour Lewis & Clark/Sacajawea historical sites.

I have flown through Lolo Pass a number of times. However, on the way back from Oshkosh, I turned south at Bozeman to try to make it through Raynold's Pass. It was closing in so I turned back and stopped at Ennis. Next day, I took the advice of Bill Kidd (a local realtor who was working on his Mooney when I landed, and graciously invited me to stay at his house), and flew direct from Ennis to Lewiston, ID. What a spectacular trip!

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...of great memories of my Oshkosh trip in 2010. I stayed in Hazen ND both ways. Going to I stayed in a motel. On the way back I used the room at the FBO. Courtesy van was great. Because of weather I was AOG for an extra day, which I used to tour Lewis & Clark/Sacajawea historical sites.

I have flown through Lolo Pass a number of times. However, on the way back from Oshkosh, I turned south at Bozeman to try to make it through Raynold's Pass. It was closing in so I turned back and stopped at Ennis. Next day, I took the advice of Bill Kidd (a local realtor who was working on his Mooney when I landed, and graciously invited me to stay at his house), and flew direct from Ennis to Lewiston, ID. What a spectacular trip!

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Larry nice place that Hazen isn't it?
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More then hour to the beach and radar picture doesn't look good there. Layer of condensate got thinner and I jumped underneath.








I could not make it on top the developing nuclei were shooting deep into class A and I am not instrument rated . I descended to a safe altitude and entered a pass.









What a beautiful scenery they have in WA! Stunning views!





Hey traffic how is the ceiling there? What? NORDO? OK.





The guy was quite fast for his craft. Maybe he was running from something. Let me check the radar one more time. Wohoo! Time to ask somebody what's going on. Text goes to Tony, freqs are set for KSEA. Might ask to zoom over them if needed.



There was a gorge which leads on the other side of the range but no way I am entering this stampede without terrain radar and afterburners


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Exited the pass. Tony texted the trend the cells were moving my way. He commanded me OUT!





I caught a glimpse of Seattle skyline before it disappeared in rain. There was an air park I could plop on but a tenant didn't respond to my request a while ago and I don't like sudden show ups. Time to bow out. Too many clouds full of stones.





The way back was even more spectacular.










Where else you can see rivers flowing vertically higher then you? On Pandora moon maybe?






One more traffic... hey guy don't go there!!!





They should establish an advisory frequency there for self reporting or something. Even here over Hudson river we have a dedicated airwave. Good thing they are all yellow.


Exited the same door where entered.





If not bladder I would make one more pass in the Pass it was so beautiful. Landed at a tiny airport Cle Elum. Couple moderately dilapidated buildings and nothing else. A young gentleman was doing annual on his 150 I asked about restroom and he pointed to the bush Life is good!
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:53 PM
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The Beach is this close. Let me try from the South.




I tried here





and here





and around there






No way to get to that shore today. So I picked up a scenic route and enjoyed it all the way to Columbia Gorge Airport KDLS.














There I fueled, rested a bit, learned that Yakima got beating and called Brian I am coming back to the town with three churches, five bars and one bank. It was late afternoon.


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Bye bye Big Hill. My second cousin told me about you.






So long Propeller Valley. See you next time I am up for a journey.





Hello Backcountry. I behave


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Beautiful write up.
What app are you running on the ipad that appears in some of the photos?

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Old 06-29-2012, 08:32 PM
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I heard and read others accounts about Idaho backcountry. But I never imagined how magnificent it is. I am very glad I visited that part. There were cells here and there but nothing dangerous.





Fantastic sights!

















In couple three hours I was back to Montana. Checked a localized fire











and made straight in approach to 8U8 Townsend.



Something was not right here. I went around.






Second approach and touch down were sloppy as well. What's going on? I looked at windsock and laughed - I landed with tailwind Exhaustion took the toll and that triple click weather thingy was out. In one day from ND to WA and back to MO may be too much but worth every minute.


Brian met me at the ramp and escorted to the bunk where I crashed dead


Tomorrow I go East...
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Sorry you didn't make your destination. From those pics I might have tried a bit harder, but not with your wood prop!

Either way, you got some great pics and a TON of experience. I would have circled Mt. Hood to say hello to my builder!
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funny but respectful, especially crossing that area late afternoon during the weather we were having. It can go down the crapper fairly quick.

On your straight in, Neil said it looked like you were doing 200mph, saw you go around and figured you would teardrop back in for RY16. the tailwind was 15-20

didn't mean to just abandon you, but you looked exhausted and needed rest instead of company. Come back and we'll spend of BS time.

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