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Old 03-19-2014, 09:29 PM
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Default Motivation?

Just finished a pretty special trip with a very old friend. We left Missoula (KMSO) Tuesday morning at daylight, flew to SLC to pick up a young friend and student pilot. From SLC we flew to southern Nevada where I had a couple hours of work to do and got lunch. From there we flew to the Grand Canyon for a complete bottom to top tour of the canyon. We are floating the canyon in a few days and we wanted to see it all from the air. After landing at Page for gas and leg stretch, we motored over to see Monument Valley from low altitude, then headed back to SLC arriving just at dark to spend the night. This morning we returned to Missoula. Over 12 hours of flight time, 9.5 of it yesterday, something like 1600 miles, unbelievable scenery shared with good friends, inspired a young student pilot (might be a future RV builder now), and did it all in a remarkably short period of time. You've all seen pictures of the scenery before, but you should see it in person!

Oh, and the trip brought me to about 495 hours on the plane in almost exactly two years, it's been a hoot.

Overall flight path


Bottom of the canyon, near the takeout




Lava Falls rapids, one of the most notorious on the river


Just spectacular


The upper end of the river, Marble Canyon


Marble Canyon airstrip, near the float put in


Lake Powell


Monument Valley




Amazing trip, wouldn't be possible without this plane. Keep pounding! It's all worth it.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:35 PM
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Now that was a trip!

Nicely done.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:50 PM
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Default incredible

Bryan.
Wow! Great write up...you are all about making a difference in someone else life....Good on you!!
Next time few folks from WA like to tag along

Ps.I am confused how u managed to make it back home with the 650 onboard
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:57 PM
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Bryan.
Wow! Great write up...you are all about making a difference in someone else life....Good on you!!
Next time few folks from WA like to tag along

Ps.I am confused how u managed to make it back home with the 650 onboard
The 650 is amazing, you just have to think which way you want to go, and it takes you there. I think it's a form of advanced bluetooth. Too bad you don't have one.
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Default That's so cool

That's so cool, but all I can think about is flying sideways through between those peaks for fun, lol
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:34 AM
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Wow! You got the caption right, it's definitely motivation.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:12 AM
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Smile That is not just motivation, that is my dream trip!

I am new to the Vans forum and considering building an RV7. That is not just motivation, that is my dream trip. I lived in northern Utah back in 1986 and I keep coming back. It is such beautiful country. I have trailered by boat from Alabama to Lake Powell twice and would love to fly over it. If you have more pictures, please post :-)
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:50 AM
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Great route Bryan. The scenery is breathtaking there. On my 2015 list again
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:00 AM
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I am new to the Vans forum and considering building an RV7. That is not just motivation, that is my dream trip.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:18 AM
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That's so cool, but all I can think about is flying sideways through between those peaks for fun, lol
I had exactly the same thought, I'm sure it's been done, but I didn't want to get too low since it's over a National Monument. I kept thinking there might be some irritated Navajo down there with a rifle who knew how far to lead me. No holes found...yet.
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