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Old 10-16-2016, 02:15 PM
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You know, great events start out small....Petit Jean started out with half a dozen folks who showed up for a weekend to a location that (at the time) didn't;'t offer much more than a place to pitch a tent and some hiking......

The best thing for me about t his year is that I'll be in Florida for four days, then I get home and immediately get to fly up into the mountains and pitch a tent among the pine trees, cool temps, and clean air!

Hope a bunch of folks decide to show up.

Paul
Still planning on it, wx permitting.

And Paul, apropos of nothing, your RV-3 made the front page of the Davis Enterprise this morning!
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:35 PM
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We're having a rainy day up here, which bodes well for next weekend - since the number of days with rain in this area are so few in a given year, I figure its getting it all out of its system!

And Lars, it is amazing the places that Tsam's picture shows up!

Paul
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:26 PM
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We're having a rainy day up here, which bodes well for next weekend - since the number of days with rain in this area are so few in a given year, I figure its getting it all out of its system!

And Lars, it is amazing the places that Tsam's picture shows up!

Paul
In the Rogue Valley, we've had 4" of rain in the last four days. Thats 17% of our annual rainfall. So if Paul's theory holds true, then five more weekends like this, and we can get back to summer. YAY!

Next weekend is looking good. Planning on it.
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Old 10-19-2016, 02:21 PM
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Although I am sitting in central Florida right now, I just checked the weather for home this weekend, and it is looking marvelous for a fall fly-out! Lo's of 44 (perfect sleeping temps) and a high on Saturday of 71.....doesn't get much better for hiking than that! (OK, those are for our home base....Alpine County is about 1500' higher, so subtract a little - still well above freezing at night - perfect for a campfire.)

If you didn't have this on your list, but you're lookign for a nice destination this weekend, come and join us - no reservations, no fees, no nothin'....except good company and a hopefully clear sky for the night.

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Old 10-20-2016, 08:16 PM
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Exclamation Come prepared for bears!

Just a reminder to come prepared to protect any food or food-like items from bears. In other words, bring a large enough bear canister or a way to suspend your food bag between trees. And, whatever you do, do NOT leave any food in your plane. There weren't any problems in 2015 but we certainly had a full-out battle with a bear in 2014 (http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...=117769&page=3)

I plan to bring our two pups and they would enjoy friendly canine company, if anyone else brings along a well-behaved dog. See everyone on Saturday!
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Old 10-22-2016, 12:01 PM
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Default Great day in the mountains!

Five planes so far (~11:45 am) at Alpine and the weather is absolutely perfect. Just a very light wind right now and almost tee shirt temperatures. Come on up!
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:40 PM
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Thanks all for a great time! The view southbound this morning. Sublime. Thanks Louise and Paul for hosting, and meeting all the others brave enough to make the journey. To anyone/everyone else, you need to make this trip!

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Old 10-24-2016, 10:22 PM
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Default Alpine Co. 10/22/16

It was nice to meet you all. I'm sorry I missed a few because I had to leave so early, perhaps next year.

It was a scenic trip over the mountains from Grass Valley that passes Lake Tahoe to my left:




Down at the river. You'll just have to believe me, there really is water and gentle rapids rushing behind me. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of it? Doh! From left: Jason, Jason's daughter (sorry I didn't get her name, Louise, Paul, Dog #1, and Jeff:


Anyway, it was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. Looking forward to next time.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:37 AM
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Default A familiar rhythm

Reading along and enjoying the trip reports and thinking this one (#17) has a familiar enjoyable rhythm. Then I came to the part that said: "It would be a 5-mile round trip hike back to the campground, and my heart yearned for the adventure."
Now that has to be Scott Chasten. So I scroll up the screen and yep, that is him. Funny how you can recognize someone who you have never met. I enjoyed Scott's trip report this summer and this one is good too.
RV folks are great. Thanks DR for this great website.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:43 AM
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Default Fantastic weekend!

I was a bit apprehensive because this was my first flight out of my phase 1 box. The Saturday weather was perfect in the morning, winds calm in the California central valley and forecasted to be increasing at bit in the afternoon. Worried about the increasing winds I was hoping for an early departure as a flight of 2. Wingman (Lars) was running late, everything else was a ‘go,’ so I opted to head out 1st.

The air was smooth as I stepped up the altitude… 3500…5500…7500…9500…and finally 11500 for crossing the Sierra. South Lake Tahoe in sight to the left, turn to the right, a few bumps through Luther pass, and Alpine county in sight. As I’m looking for the wind sock and deciding on a runway, I hear Louise chime in and let me know 17 is preferred. There was a stiff breeze out of the south, and an uphill landing, I planted 76CX right on the numbers and stopped almost immediately. Had to taxi pretty much the entire length to parking.






Greeted by those that arrived well before me, I was elated to have flown an airplane I built to a mountain airport to go camping. Once everyone was settled, we were off for a short hike to the river for lunch.





Lots of stories being shared, a few beers, roaring campfire…just relaxing. (the fire is not actually lit yet in this photo, but later, believe me, it was roaring)



Sunday morning, a quick pack up, wheels up around 8, a few minutes later we were parked a Minden for breakfast. A short while and some fine conversation later everyone was heading off to their home airports.

Winds were picking up and it was looking like I was in for a bumpy ride back home. Circled over Minden to 11000’ then continued the climb to 12,500’ as I pointed west over Lake Tahoe. Turbulence wasn’t so bad but the winds were up there. 51 knots, mostly a headwind! (I'm heading back down to 10,500')



Once over the high points, the air was stable and it was relatively uneventful all the way home.
Again, fantastic weekend, I hope to be back next year.


The rest of my pictures are here:
https://goo.gl/photos/2nsHaabg5vCMc5iU8
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