Mike and Ginny's beautiful and historic home hosted the most recent Parkwest gathering. Cat Herder was on the East Coast and enjoyed two nights at The Willows, their pride-and-joy, scenically placed on the Miles River waterfront in Maryland. Ed and Laura flew up from Virginia to join us, and a nice day of sun, fun, food and shopping was had by all.
Sorry to miss seeing fellow residents and Parkwest friends Charles and Diane. Next time!
I like the PhotoMapo app--first introduced to us by Don Lee of Alaska Floats & Skis--but why does it have us at "-3 altitude"?!
We have many memories of flying into Furnace Creek over the years. Most are good, some, well, less so.
Like, waiting for the fuel guy to come unlock the pump when it's 120-degrees F.
Or wondering if we will survive the near-death experience on Red Pass compliments of Pink Jeep Tours.
Or, racing down to the airstrip at night amid the flashes of lightening, monsoonal rain, and wild winds to find more than one plane yanked free of its tiedown and missing cowl plugs and pitot covers.
Or, checking back in to the Ranch TWICE because some freak storm system had us weathered in at one of the driest spots on Earth.
Or, the emergency change of plans to land at Stovepipe Wells because a jet misjudged the Furnace Creek runway length just before we arrived.
I could go on and on.
Anyway, I liked this guy's road trip to Death Valley from LA. He found even more charm and quirkiness to experience in California desert.
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over twenty years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!