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Old 07-18-2018, 10:32 PM
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Default San Juan Islands Sunset Flight

I captured this photo as we were turning base to final for KORS, Orcas Island Washington. The finger island is Sucia, just north of Orcas.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:50 PM
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Very, very, nice!
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:56 PM
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Someday I’m gonna get a ride on that boat!
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:49 PM
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Someday I’m gonna get a ride on that boat!
Hey! Get in line. 😀
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:16 AM
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Beautiful part of the world! I am fortunate to see the San Juan and the Gulf Islands every day. Except that day I was intercepted by an E/A-18 from Whidbey NAS while sightseeing in my RV...

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Old 07-19-2018, 11:14 PM
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... Except that day I was intercepted by an F/A-18 from Whidbey NAS while sightseeing in my RV...

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That happened to me also, in February 2016. I was flying around the Olympic Peninsula counterclockwise from Arlington, with a stop at Hoquiam to walk the shorebird trail and have a snack. After turning Cape Flattery and the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, I turned South toward Hoquiam and climbed to 9500 ft, and entered the Olympic B MOA. In all the times I’ve flown through the Olympic MOAs, I can't remember ever seeing any Military aircraft there. You always see P-3s flying up and down the Straight of Juan de Fuca (protecting us from the Canadian hordes! ), and EA-18Gs (and previously EA-6B Prowlers) flying into and out of Whidbey NAS.

As I approached the South end of Lake Ozette at 9500 ft, I noticed two EA-18G Growlers down low (around 3,000 ft) heading West toward the Pacific Ocean. I watched as they flew a few miles over the ocean and then did a 180 degree turn and headed back toward the East behind and below me, and I lost sight of them. So there I was several minutes later enjoying tunes from my iPod, the scenery, and smooth air, with the engine purring away contentedly, and in my peripheral vision I noticed some movement on my left. I looked to the left and at about my 7 o’clock position, was an EA-18G Growler slowly coming up on my wing, a couple of wingspans away! Initially I was slightly startled, then I thought this was pretty cool, but also thought what have I done wrong (as any good, guilt-ridden Catholic, US citizen would these days!). He stayed on my wing for only a couple of seconds, rocked his wings, I rocked mine, and he slowly pulled ahead, descended slightly, and then rolled into a 60 degree bank to the right, across my flight path and slightly lower than me. Got a good view of his planform during his turn. I was concerned about his wake, but just felt just a slight bobble. I did get on Guard frequency (121.5) as he was pulling away and tried to contact him a couple of times, but there was no response. He departed to the West and that was the last I saw of him. I didn’t have time to get my camera out. There were no TFRs in the area.

I think he saw me earlier, or ATC pointed me out as traffic, and he just decided to see who was at 9500’ flying fast (relatively speaking, of course!). He probably just wanted to see closeup that beautiful RV-8. And once he saw the patriotic Red, White, and Blue with Stars paint job, he knew I couldn't be up to anything nefarious!

I didn’t mind the EA-18G forming up on me, but I would have liked to talk to him, and had a minute to get my camera out!

And no Black SUV’s met me at Hoquiam or Arlington when I landed at each airport.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:36 AM
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Default Anacortes

I arrived at Anacortes this afternoon to play grandpa for a couple of days.
This area never ceases to amaze me!
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:25 PM
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Default The San Juan Islands

It truly is a special place and we are blessed to see it from the air.
Say, Andy and Bruce, please don't wait for an invitation. Just come up and see us. Give us a little notice so we can be sure to be on Orcas when you arrive.
- Sandy and Roy
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:02 PM
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Here is a nice pic of the San Juans I took at Sunset:

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