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This would be the text area Then I could put in a screen shot that was saved as a photo also could put in a youtube Here is a Map of Crooked Lake

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Day 1, Non-stop to Portland

I hardly slept at all the night before I left, I had been planning that day for so many months that I was filled with nervous excitement. The overcast cloud layer did not burn off until 11 a.m. but I had some rare Northbound Tailwinds that allowed me to make a Non-Stop 5 hour flight…

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Day 2, Through the Gorge and into Canada

Under low clouds I went North 6 miles from Troutdale to Grove Field and fueled up at a dollar less per gallon than the Troutdale Airport. From there I headed up the Columbia Gorge the cloud bases were at 2000 feet and some strong headwinds were coming down the Gorge but it was beautiful to…

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Day 3, Hesitation and Local Knowledge

I woke up early and excited to be on my trip. But I had some hesitation because I really did not have the next leg planned. I had tried talking to some local pilots when I got in but they all said “oh, you need to talk to a float pilot,” and none were around.…

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Day 4, Late start and Bad shut down

When I got up the radar was showing a big band of thunderstorms and rain moving through to the North and it looked like it would not give me a break until after 11 so I took my time and ran some errands. Out at the airport the Flying Club was setting up to have…

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Day 5, Sauna and a Wet ride

The bed and breakfast I stayed at “Acro Lodge” was fabulous. The house was immaculate and the bed with its warm duvet was extremely comfortable.  After a wonderful continental breakfast I took a long hot sauna and tried to put the bad shut down behind me. Up at the airport I met several other pilots…

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Day6, Amazing offer and an Unpleasant surprise

Well, back over at the plane I met even more people.  All the pilots were very friendly and full of advice. One of them, Willie, was especially amazing. He is a float-plane pilot that used to fly charter in the area and has a private cabin on a remote lake. He told me I was…

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Day 7, High Winds and No Dinner

First thing in the morning I was finishing the payrolls for work that I had started the evening before, checking in with people at work and preparing payroll reports for the owner. I was watching the internet weather and it did not look good. The skies were going to be relatively clear but high winds…

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Day 8, Find the Cabin and No Luck

It was going to be another day with a lot of clouds around, some rain showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon but I had decided to go out to Willie’s cabin and  I grabbed a few things  from the store.  The  cooking oil is for frying fish and  the potatoes are for hash browns in…

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Day 9, Footloose fishing and Rescue mission

After a great night’s sleep I made myself a hearty breakfast and began straightening and packing up. I did some extra clean up on the cabin and left some supplies there for Willie. It is amazing how long it takes me to get things packed up and in the plane. When I finally got going,…

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