Just a photo of the Caveman Ranch here from above shot by one of Backcountrypilot.org’s own, Amacbean. I am looking forward to seeing the ranch in person and the surrounding area. I have been to Moab before but never to the cave. Stay tuned for some photos. I hope to see you there.
To Utah and back (KTRK- U42). I can honestly say that the saying “I would rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air than being in the air wishing I was on the ground” came true for me yesterday and that doesn’t happen very often. I enjoy flying in the wind and non-favorable conditions BUT… yesterday was filled with one huge T-storm after another followed by hectic winds, ground tornados and more diversions than one pilot should have in a single flight. Though these photos may look pretty and all, I probably should have waited a day to fly just on the T – storms forecast alone. Whats even funnier (not really) is that I knew going into it what I was in store for as well coming back. Nasty air, rain and wind…It was an “experience” to say the least and one that I did not need. Even more so now that I am home and hearing about the loss of one of our very good friends and pilots. Bruce Rymmes and his wife Kathy were two people that most folks dont get to meet very often. Extremely kind and honest people along with never ending smiles when you saw them. We flew with him often. More on this later. My point on this really is to ask ourselves what, why and where are we going and again why and its importance. How do YOU remove the little voice in your head that says “ahh you will be ok, go for it. Its not that far”? I did that yesterday and I was ok…Bruce was not.
Thanks to Wilga beast for the t shirts you left on my strut! I hope to meet you in person one day!
Here are some photos…enjoy
Just some photos today
A really beautiful spring day here in the Sierra’s!
Everything you can imagine today…Mud, flowers, bugs, baby ducks, geese, cows and some big thunder clouds building. Its good to get the north circuit open again. Made a bunch of landings today at a number of spots in honor of the Valdez STOL contest that starts today. Thats about the only place I would rather be but… this will have to do. Some have asked why I am not there and really its simple but hard answer. My pops was diagnosed with Leukemia 8 weeks ago and we are now in a battle for his life. Its the sort of thing that you always hear about but never think it will happen to you or your family. Anyhow, enough of that. I am uploading this post and then off to spend the day with him. The following pictures will tell the tale for today. It was absolutely beautiful today!
As I sit here and listen to the wind scream the rain pound I found this cool photo on the internet… Its worthy… I should be in the air tomorrow as I am hoping the storm passes overnight.
Just home from a really great season in Alaska. We just finished 15 years as a heli ski operation.
I spent the past few days changing skis, putting the big tires back on and flying around what I call the “North Circuit” here. Winds have been a bit wild but, all in all, its been nice to get back into the swing of summer. I would post some photos from the past few days but I am in the market for a new camera given mine is on a glacier in Alaska somewhere…
Have a look at this photo. I have seen moose antlers, canoes, plywood and bikes along with the kitchen sink attached to floats or struts but never have I seen bikes attached to an aircraft like this. Have a look…
My buddy lives in Homer and does a number of really cool surf trips. He just sent me this photo and had to share it here. Does it get any better?