Bob and Steve's 12 Day Flying Adventure Through 7 Western States

In October of 2012 my friend Bob and I flew our airplanes through 7 western states.  During our 12 day adventure we covered a total of 4,053 statute miles.  Along the way we flew through high mountains, valleys and canyons.  This was low-slow flying at its best. Often we were below 500 feet AGL.  The average AGL for the entire trip was only 1,003 feet.

We spent about 3 months planning this trip.  We made it a no-passengers, guy’s trip.  The emphasis was on doing the things we wanted to do, the way we wanted to do them.  Some nights we camped and ate our own cooking, other times we stayed in motels and ate at nice restaurants.  We visited national parks, active mines, took train rides, rented a jeep and cars as needed.  We knew what we wanted to see and where we wanted to visit, but most of the route and stops were unscripted.  Lucky for us, the weather was near perfect.  The trip turned out to be a fabulous adventure.

After the trip, I put together a presentation in Microsoft’s PowerPoint which I showed to our local EAA chapter.  I had always intended to put the presentation on-line but ran into a variety of technical difficulties.  Today, I would like to be out flying my Zodiac, but it’s raining – dang!  So instead I finished putting the presentation online.  It’s on my Microsoft SkyDrive.  The PowerPoint slides have become a series of pictures and videos which can be viewed with your web browser – PowerPoint is not needed.

To view the entire presentation, in sequence, and in full screen, read all the following steps, then give it a try.  These steps have been tested with Windows-8 and Firefox.  Hopefully they will work using whatever you have.

1)      Click this link to open the SkyDrive folder containing the presentation in a new browser window.

2)      Press F11 to toggle your browser into full-screen mode

3)      Click on the first picture

4)      When the first picture displays, click it again to make it bigger (should be full-screen now)

5)      You can move through the presentation with left/right arrow or clicking to the right of a picture to go forward, to the left to go backward.

There are 196 “slides” in the presentation.  5 of these are short videos.

I hope you find the presentation enjoyable


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Comment by Chris Craver on September 25, 2013 at 3:56pm

Very Cool! Thanks for sharing.

By the way, I love MST3K!

Comment by Rick George on September 24, 2013 at 8:10am

Thank you for the presentation!!  A most fantastic trip, with lots of memories, I'm sure.

Comment by Tim Smart on September 24, 2013 at 2:33am

As always Steve, your pictures and film are outstanding.  As usual thank you for sharing, glad your trip went so well.

Comment by Stephen R. Smith on September 22, 2013 at 11:26am

Hello James,

The bike weighs 18 pounds.  I am not sure how much all the luggage weighted.  It was much less then a passenger though.  The plane performed well even when landing and taking off in Leadville (around 10,000 ft MSL).


Comment by Stephen R. Smith on September 22, 2013 at 11:24am

Hello Thomas,

Looks like we got within 15 miles of your home base when we flew into Valles Caldera.  Now that your 750 is ready to fly you should have a blast exploring your "back yard".


Comment by James R Depfer Sr. on September 21, 2013 at 3:02pm

Thanks, That was really an excellent presentation. I'd love to fly out west to see some of those sites..How much did your baggage, bike, clothes. camping gear weigh ???


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