Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Faster than a bicycle!

I had a treat today.  My son Jeff flew up to Paine Field, Everett, Washington to pick me up in his RV7-A; the plane he build and I helped paint.

Here's Jeff arriving and swinging around to park.

What to do?  Would we like to fly around the Olympic Peninsula or would we rather fly to Eastern Washington?  We decide on Eastern Washington.  Jeff picks an airport near Ephrata, Washington and generates a flight plan. 

Up and into the air, Seattle in the foreground, the Olympics in the distance.

 Mount Rainier with, I believe, Mount Saint Helen in the distance.

28 degrees F at 9,000 feet.  Cool!
We are nice and toasty with cabin heat!

East of Snoqualmie Pass hundreds of windmills begin to appear.

 The Columbia River.

Eastern Washington.

Ephrata Airport.

Setting up for landing.

Too far to walk to town and the airport "courtesy car" has already been taken so we enjoy lunch at the flight center.  Microwaved Top Ramin, juice drinks and chips!  Yummy!

Tummies full, bladders empty, we mount up and take to the skies for home.

The Cascade Mountains are really something.

Mount Rainier comes back into view.

Letting down for the west side.

Snoqualmie Falls.

Bellevue in the foreground, Seattle beyond.

Boeing Airplanes at the Everett Factory waiting for finishing.

Jeff drops me off and heads for his home field near Puyallup.  
A three hundred mile round trip in an afternoon.  Amazing!
The sign says it all, "Thank You, Jeff!"


  1. Wow, beautiful pictures, what a nice day in Washington!

  2. Wow! Hard to get views like that from a bike saddle too!

  3. I really enjoyed this trip. Beautiful photos.

  4. I really loved this trip!