Arlington EAA NW Flyin
We have been waiting all year for this trip. Its one of our favorite. The northwest in summer. Mountains with snow, blue oceans, cool at night and lots of RVs. Forcasts showed some weather during the coming week, but we decided it was still doable. Of course, with the need to escape the 100 degree plus Phoenix heat in July, even if the forcast was for solid rain, we might have still tried it. <G>
There were 4 TFRs for fires along our route just in Arizona alone. We went up to 10,500 which kept us about all of the TFRs and did a GPS direct route to Yerlington, Nevada. Tom and Katie had their new extended range tanks installed in their RV-4 and had 40.5 gallons of fuel instead of the normal 32 for the RV-4 which let them fly the longer legs comfortably.
We were happy we left early with the cloud buildups along the route.
Our first stop for fuel was at Yerington, NV. It has self service and is one of the cheaper fuel stops. As usual, the restaurant there was closed even though it still shows as open in the flight guide. There is a casino about 3/4 of a mile walk down town that has good food. We wanted to get to our destination so we skipped lunch, fueled and boogied out of there. For the last few years, we were usually met by a professional photographer who monitored the CTIS frequency and showed up to offer to take professional photos of your plane. Didn't see him this year. Katie and Tom's RV-4 with O-320 fixed pitch prop took 25.9 gallons. Dave's RV-6a with 0-360 C/S took 25.5 gallons and Glen's RV-4 O-320 C/S took 24 gallons. This scenerio was repected at each fuel stop with the O-320 fixed pitch requiring more fuel than either C/S. Dave also had installed a Jeff Rose electronic ignition system on his engine to replace one magneto which helped his fuel burn. The fixed pitch prop had to run at a higher rpm 2600-2650 to keep up with the other planes.
As usual, we had headwinds going up and it got bumpy going across Nevada too.
Dave takes a self portrait
One of the mountains on the way up.
Our first view of Mt St. Helens. Mt Rainier is in the background.
As we got closer, you could see that what was left of the top of the mountain has a burnt color to it.
Mt. St. Helens was smoking today. There was a TFR around it with a 9000 ft ceiling. We flew over at 9500 ft. Even at 9500 feet we were fairly close to the not so dormant volcano. Probably a little closer than Katie would have liked. <G>
A view looking into the crater left from the 1980 eruption. A new lava dome over 1000 high has formed in the crater. (photo courtesy of Dave Biddle)
We landed at Chehalis, Washington. The self service was not working so we werent able to fuel for a couple of days. A local RV-8 pilot landed for fuel also. We picked Chehalis because it was somewhat close to Mt. St. Helens and Mt Rainier as well.
After picking up our rental car, Dave drove us to Mt. St. Helens for a look from the ground. As we get closer, there is a dramatic contrast between the lush green, flowering land and Mt St. Helens.
Glen, Katie and Dave pose for pictures.
Then it was my turn. Then Glen took pictures (photo courtesy of Dave Biddle)
Altoough hard to see unless you zoom in a lot, this photo shows all the trees on the mountain laying on the ground in a row. (photo courtesy of Dave Biddle)
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