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Old 01-02-2014, 11:08 PM
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Default Rosie & Tuppergal's Southern California to Minden - Lake Tahoe trip

Happy New Year to our VAF Family of Friends! Tuppergal and I are nearing our 14th year of flying our RV, and with the price of fuel still over $5/gallon, we find ourselves flying-to-visit (friends) more so than flying-to-eat. Either way, we are STILL flying!

It had been awhile since we’d been to the Minden – Lake Tahoe (KMEV) area to visit Andrew ‘Sharkbait’ Brandt, his Mom Henrietta (my 4th & 6th grade elementary teacher), Dad Charles and brother Matthew.

We departed the day after Christmas (Thursday) around 1500 for the ~2 hour flight up the Owens Valley. The skies were clear and the winds were calm (a rare event!). We first stopped at Tehachapi (KTSP) for $4.87/gallon fuel and saw a friend of ours who is based out of Mojave. Hint: He has flown around-the-world…twice...once non-stop!



Here’s a view looking east of the windmills with Edwards AFB’s Roger’s Dry Lake in the distance:



From there, it was direct towards Inyokern (KIYK)…



Then slight dog-leg turn to fly up the Owens Valley:



The key to flying up the Owens Valley is to keep the ‘red stuff’ on the left:



Here’s the not-so-dry Owens dry lakebed:



Here we are abeam Lone Pine Airport with Mt. Whitney somewhere up in them thar’ hills:



One past Bishop (KBIH: about an hour from home), it’s another dog-leg turn northwest up the valley for one more hour’s flight to KMEV…



…and still keeping the ‘red stuff on the left:



Here’s Mono Lake up ahead:

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And the sun, setting over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range:



Sharkbait had been in Madera (San Joaquin Valley) all day and planned his arrival to coincide with mine. We both checked into KMEV about 12 miles out then met up after his turn from base-to-final (with me already on final) for an overhead approach. We couldn’t have planned that any better!



Base to final:



Charles was there to greet us on our arrival:



We had a great visit along with a great meal then called it a night. On Friday, the girls went sightseeing while the boys stayed home and relaxed for most of the day. Here are a couple of pictures that Tuppergal took:





Late afternoon, I flew in Sharkbait’s RV-9A to nearby Farias Wheel to visit a Lockheed retiree-friend-RVer Dick Smith. Another great visit the back to Minden for dinner at a great Basque food restaurant.

On Saturday, we all visited in the morning then we departed a two-ship for an unexpected visit to see Paul Dye & Louise Hose who had arrived home from Minnesota (towing a trailer).







Paul and Louise treated us to a late lunch (thank you again!!!!) then we had a fun visit at their new Dayton Skypark (A34) home. CONGRATS again on your new life ahead!

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Default Southern California to Minden - Lake Tahoe

We departed near sunset for the 15 minute flight back to KMEV. Sharkbait let me put my plane in his hangar so I could hook-up the oil pan heater (thank you TOO again!)

Sunday morning, we had an early, light breakfast, and I was able to capture the sunrise:



We said our goodbyes and were airborne ~0805 with one last look at KMEV:



Now flying south-ish, it’s time to keep the mountains (‘red stuff’) on the right:







Mono Lake..again:



There are LOTs of cinder-cones in the Owens Valley



Here’s Lake Isabella (looking west, southwest):



The final downline into Rosamond (following a fuel stop at Tehachapi). The San Gabriel Mountains are in the distance (looking southeast):



Base to final for Runway 8 at Rosamond Skypark (L00)



Flight time each way ended up being within minutes of each other at 1:45, and it sure was a LOT more fun flying less than 4 hours total instead of driving 12 hours total!

Keep poundin’ them rivets because it’s ALL WORTH IT! Rosie & Tuppergal
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:35 AM
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Very nice report, Rosie! I have read some "I learned about Flying From that" stories so I have some appreciation for the excellent weather you had in the Owens Valley. RV's are amazing traveling machines. Thanks for sharing with us.
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We're always happy to take our Compadres to Compadres Rosie - isn't popping form Airpark to Airpark grand? But we do have snow a little closer to ours.

Great pictures - drop in any time!

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Nice pictures. Makes me want to plan a flight North soon. I have been up Owens Valley as far as Bishop. Next time I will keep going. It looks like fun.

Thanks again for getting the Havasu City fly-in organized. It was fun to fly in and chat with so many great RV'ers.
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