Tonight, Boyd and I are in Yakima, Washington, continuing our flight around the perimeter of America. We visited a number of cities along the northwest perimeter including Orcas Island, Blaine, and Bellingham, the northern most airport we’ve visited. As we turned eastbound from Bellingham, Washington, I felt like we were on top of the world. We’d navigated our way from Toledo, Ohio eastbound along the Lake Erie shoreline and around the entire continental U.S.A. and were now, finally, on the northern border heading east, towards home. In my mind, today was monumental.
We’re here partly by accident, partly by a leap of faith. If you’ve been following us, you know our plans can change on a dime and if one place is more interesting than another, that’s where we head. Since Day One we’ve often made our decisions on-the-fly, sometimes while airborne, and ended up where we end up. Our flight plan was to depart Bellingham, WA, then fly southeast to get a fabulous view of Mt. Rainier. Next, we were to skirt the east side of Seattle’s Class B, then turn southeast towards a low spot through a valley towards KELN. From there, fly to Walla Walla.
All was good and spot-on for Walla Walla until I noticed a moderate size town off our right wing. We zoomed the iPad in close enough to read the name of the community just east of the mountains – oh boy, it was Yakima!!
Yakima, as in “Home of CubCrafters”. Oh baby, we gotta go there!Â And we did. From 9500′ it was a fast, steep, moment’s notice descent, but we managed to get the job done. Hey, there are TWO pilots in this tiny RV7, of course we got her down!
Please check out my additional photos from today’s CubCrafter’s visit slideshow.
And in a totally different direction, if you’re a member of our Facebook group or Twitter, you may have seen my pictures of a C140 at a private strip. The aircraft is for sale and the airport manager, Eric King, tells me the owner is selling it for $2000K but may take the $1200 he owes in hangar rent at this point. If you love a good find, like I do, this may be for you. It’s based at a private strip s.e. of Yakima, Buena, and the airport manager is Eric King.
All that, and there was still time for some extra fun! I nearly fell over when Boyd suggested we do a wine tasting since we’re in Washington wine country. Mind you, we passed up Napa, Sanoma, and the Willamette Valley Pinot area before arriving in the wine country of Washington.You bet, if 2 vineyards count, we got it done here!!