Vanessa Jump Nelson’s flight over the Cascades in her J3 Cub

“Thank you” to Vanessa Jump Nelson for this post about some fun summer flying in a Cub. Her flight was round-trip 7S3 Stark’s Twin Oaks Airport to S21 Sunriver Airport, Oregon.

I flew my Cub over the Cascades a couple days ago & took my husband to Sunriver.

We took off when skies were reporting clear but quickly went to something entirely different.  We found a hole & put down at MMV to wait it out a couple of hours.  That meant arriving in the afternoon, so we got bounced around quite a bit and air density was a concern.

Here’s a few shots of the view (from 7500′ on the way over and 8500′ on the way back) in a Cub!  “Tumbleweed” has never been up that high before with me at the controls! 


A very satisfied pilot, kicking back at the restaurant.  We rented a tandem bicycle and rode it a few miles to a very lovely restaurant on the property of a nearby golf course.


The shadow of our tandem cycle.  (Tandem Cub, tandem cycle, makes sense, right?)  We left in the wee hours of the morning when everything was smooth as glass and the view was pristene.

Vanessa Nelson, LLT
Portland, OR
based at Twin Oaks

  • Summer Martell
    Posted at 21:40h, 30 June Reply

    Way to go Vanessa! Just string a bunch of those hops (or shorter) together and voila! You’ve made it to Osk Kosh. I’ll bet your confidence meter is in the green. Proud of you sky sister!

  • Vanessa Jump Nelson
    Posted at 01:03h, 30 June Reply

    Deni – yes the rugged beauty definitely inspires respect. We also played a little game of “What’s that noise” at about 8500′, but we soon figured out it wasn’t the engine but the tach cable that was doing a little dance.

    Lisa – Well, we stayed overnight, but essentially, yes, all that in a little over 24 hours.

  • Deni Whitsitti
    Posted at 09:48h, 29 June Reply

    Cascades are soo beautiful! I flew over them several years ago and am still awstruck by the rugged beauty of those “tiny little hills”!!! 🙂

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 07:33h, 29 June Reply

    Looks like the day got very nice, after the clouds cleared. The tandem bike shot is very cute. You did that all in one day?

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