I flew my RV-12 from Seattle to Cottage Grove to spend a few days with friends and made this side trip out to the Oregon beaches. The pictures were taken by my passenger, Deann Plocher.
We departed Wright Field in Cottage Grove. This little airport was dedicated to Jim Wright, a local business man and aviator, who built a replica of the Hughes H-1 racer. He was killed when the aircraft experienced mechanical failure and crashed on the way back from OSH in 2003. At transient parking at Wright Field:
Flying SW from Cottage Grove to intercept the Umpqua River then follow the river to Reedsport:
The mouth of the Umpqua at Reedsport:
Parking areas with access to the dunes. The sand car drivers have a lot of fun in miles of dunes here:
A few miles north of Reedsport lies the town of Florence. In the foreground is a staging area for climbing a huge dune. Looks flat in the picture but it isn't:
Florence has an airport right downtown:
The Oregon coast is very scenic and is great flying on any of our few sunny days. We had to wait a couple of days for the fog and mist to clear at the beaches to make this flight -- in July.