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Day 4 - No Fly Zone

It was overcast and the forecast was questionable on Thursday, so the day was scrubbed.

Eventually, the skies opened up in a small area and some folks squeezed in ~2hour flights; but it wasn't good enough to have called a task.

Keith ("2F") and I drove down to the Quincy Lakes wildlife area, which is a series of small (and a few not-so-small) lakes down in a coulee-like gash south of town, which leads out into the Columbia Gorge.  There are some hiking trails down to some of the low-lying lakes, which are teeming with flowers and small wildlife - its like a mythical desert oasis; really neat stuff!  A couple of red-tailed hawks were perching on the cliffs above us, keening and ridge-soaring, to try protect their territory and intimidate us.

Unfortunately I blew out my back earlier in the week so the hike was limited to only a couple of hours long.  Still, it was a great way to spend the day.  Thanks to Keith for the suggestion and for driving!

Today (Friday), the lift looks good and the clouds look great - the only problem is the potential for overdevelopment and rain-showers.  So we're gridding early and going for a 3-hour task... I'll post about it tonight; wish us luck!

--Noel

Posted: 7/2/2010 By: Noel Wade


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