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Temperance Creek Adventure December 2017

Temperance Creek Adventure December 2017

What a day it was.  Rod T and I set out to join up with other pilots from the Latitude Aviators Facebook group to get breakfast at the historic – and spectacular – Temperance Creek Lodge on the Snake River in Oregon. After a short briefing for pilot responsibilities and other miscellany, including rigging no less than 4 GoPro cameras, we let a little air out of the tires for a nice soft ride on the airstrips we were going to be visiting.  The 175 rolled out of the hangar to face our deserted airport, and easily fired up thanks to the oil pan preheater that had been plugged in all night. Departing early from Coeur d’ Alene Airport, Rod and I first spun a few laps in the pattern in the Latitude 175 to get Rod up to speed on tailwheel and familiarize him with some of the 175’s handling qualities.  An experienced, current, and proficient pilot is Rod, but the last time he’d flown tailwheel was 3 years ago.  Nonetheless, he was safe and smiling in just a couple of laps thanks to his experience and the 175’s kind handling. Piercing the gap between layers, the 175 saddled up and launched out to VFR over the top and set sail to the South at a decent cruise of 110kts, eyes set on adventure in the Idaho backcountry.  Smooth and cool air, thanks to a ridiculous inversion covering the entire Northwest, made the ride enjoyable as Jeff and Rod enjoyed catching up with each other and doing some in-flight verbal training on the flying to come, as this was...