The San Juan Islands. Until a few years ago I couldn’t tell you where you’d find them. Northwest somewhere, or I could be wrong, maybe somewhere down in the Caribbean. My sad lack of knowledge changed a number of years ago when I was forced to figure it out. A group of lady taildragger pilots wanted to fly to the San Juan Islands and I was going to be the person organizing it. Time to get my act together since the destination was Orcas Island in the San Juan chain!
I couldn’t attend that fly-in myself but, ever since reading up and seeing all the romantic pictures of the area, I’ve wanted to fly there too. Thank heaven Boyd and I decided to fly the perimeter of the U.S. -Â I’m not sure if, or when, either of us would have made it this far northwest.Â Overflying the islands and landing at Orcas Island Airport are some of the many beautiful surprises we’ve encountered on this incredible journey.Â
Check out our RV7 arrival at Orcas Island Airport!
It was a great visit to Orcas Island but sad to see this beautiful Piper Pacer, all messed up, at the south end of the field. A local pilot told me it had been ground looped but even more damage occurred when it was moved to a different location on the airport. Ouch!
Orcas Island today. More mountain flying tomorrow!!