A quick trip to Washington and back (Another 1,330 miles for the log book)

On Friday I flew 664 statute miles from Santa Rosa, CA to Shelton, WA to visit my brother Alan and his wife Nathalie who have a Zodiac XL which is a twin of mine. The flight north was one of the more challenging I have experienced. In Northern California I got to choose between a 50 MPH headwind up where it was smooth or heavy turbulence down lower where the head wind was a more manageable 20 MPH. I kept my seatbelt tight and chose the turbulence. As I reached southern Oregon the wind subsided and was replaced with low clouds, snow, rain and marginal VFR. This necessitated seeking out passes through the low mountains. This went on for about 80 miles and then conditions became more pleasant with only the occasional need to dodge low clouds.

On Sunday I enjoyed near perfect flight conditions as I flew home via a different route. Alan flew along with me in his plane as far as Mt. St. Helens where we took some pictures of the volcano.

In northern California I stopped at Rancho Tehama (49CN) and spent an hour with Bill Massey and his wife who have an HDS.

I got home just after sundown, another happy adventure in my Zodiac XL safely ended.

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Comment by Stephen R. Smith on April 6, 2009 at 9:18pm
Winds were no problem. What was a problem was you were not at home! Off playing in Cloverdale again I suspect. Oh well, Bill and his wife are good company.

Steve
Comment by Doug Dugger on April 6, 2009 at 9:16pm
Steve hope the winds at the ranch were lower than when Lori and I were there last week although it would have been great cross wind training. Bill and I did get to go to Redbluff airport for breakfast on the only day the winds were light.
Comment by Sebastien Heintz on April 6, 2009 at 4:36pm
Great trip!

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