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Old 08-13-2012, 02:34 AM
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Default Trip Report: Friday Harbor lunch with wife

Last month my family and I relocated from Mountain View, CA to Poulsbo, WA with my RV moving from KRHV (San Jose, CA) to KPWT (Bremerton, WA). So with the moving activities getting settled down, or at least us getting tired of unloading boxes and cleaning up clutter, I was able to get my wife Kellie to make a lunch trip with me in our RV. And what a spectacular day and incredible scenery for the flight! Pretty cool day for about 30 minute flight each way.

For those still building, it was worth all 12+ years of building (and moving the project for military PCS moves)! Posted for motivation, and to let my former CA flying friends know it doesn't always rain in the PNW

More pictures and descriptions on my web site with selected pics posted on this thread.

Trip page:

PWT-FHR leg:

Lunch in Friday Harbor:

FHR-PWT leg:

On the ground at Friday Harbor airport:

Friday Harbor, town and airport:

View of the Friday Harbor waterfront while turning downwind to base:

Our lunch time view - our table was there at the empty chair in lower, left corner of the picture:

Parts of San Juan, Shaw, and Orcas Islands all visible here:

Roche Harbor and private airport at north end of San Juan Island:

Olympic mountains near Hood Canal on way home:

Seattle visible from over Bainbridge Island on way home:

And time to call it a great day....short final at Bremerton (PWT):

Enjoy, and keep building!!
RV-6A, N731CK, 300+ hrs
Poulsbo, WA
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:52 AM
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Default Friday Harbor, WA

Great and Familiar locations. The wife and I were there last Sept.

Thanks for sharing photos.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:13 AM
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Welcome to God's Country and thank you for your service!
Long-EZ built 1985 -> Sold 2007
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:47 AM
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If you are getting customs, the Victoria folks did not recommend Friday Harbor.

We used them a few years ago and could see why.

This month we used Port Townsend and had a much more pleasant, and efficient, customs welcome back to the US....

Having said that, Friday Harbor is a really nice place to visit and walk into town... especially if you live in Arizona.

Gil Alexander
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Half completed RV-10 QB purchased
RV-6A N61GX - finally flying
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:39 PM
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Chris, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing those pictures! It's been just about a year since my wife and I went to Friday Harbor to go on one of the whale-watching boat rides. What a beautiful part of the country! Due to airline schedules and such, it was better for us to fly to Seattle, spend 3 days seeing stuff and then driving down to Vernonia so I could get transition training from Mike Seager. Coming up on the first anniversary of me flying my RV-6A for the first time!

Jim Bower
St. Louis, MO
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:30 PM
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Thanks for posting the wonderful pics, they are making me homesick!
I hope to make it up there in Sept for a long weekend.
Make sure to look up Vern at 0S9 and take a flight with him in his C140A.
Also, Bob Esk is still around PWT...


Larry Mersek N336RV
Mountain Ranch, CA.
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