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CAPTAIN’S LOG 15 MAY 2016

May 20, 2016

 

REENTRY

With the cargo loaded and secured we left Phoenix on May 5, 2016.  We proceeded to get lost, a flat tire, and a quiet night somewhere (??) in the Mongolon Rim country of Arizona.  National forests let you stay almost anywhere for free camping, so who cares where the “right” spot is?  A half day drive took us to a favorite south east of Gallup New Mexico.  The Cibola National forest offered a mountain top rest with great views by day and stars by night.

Another half day took us to Storrie Lake State Park with lots of waves as winds gusted to 50 mph; just like Wyoming!  Easy half day drives relieve the stress of driving and allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the west as we traveled.  The next stop took us to the Sugarite Canyon State park near the Colorado border.  Dog and I love snooping around the beaver dams and bear tracks there.  Dog lurks in her car “cave” back seat all night to guard us.  I have a can of bear spray in case she ever does see one!

The longest leg took us through Denver traffic to Longmont Colorado.  The Boulder County fairgrounds camp is another favorite stop over because it offers meetings with partners in the University of Colorado and area businesses.  We met intern Will Pfouts and Shadowair drones owner Jim Macdonald at this stop.  We also got engineer Chris Mento by phone to firm up plans for aircraft development.

By Wednesday May 11 we were ready to head north to Laramie Wyoming for two more nights.  The road north from Colorado passed through high population areas aqnd high altitude areas.  We fought grades and gusts as we moved north into the true high plains country.  Laramie is situated at 7,000 feet and greeted us with wind and cold.  We got water and sewer connections but we had to bring the hose in to prevent freezing!  Thursday brought calm warm weather though so dog got some sun bathing in.  I got the barbecue so we can keep eating too!  We have a good trailer repair man here so the water pump and refrigerator got some work done too.

On Thursday the 12th dog and I greeted Jordan Edson and David Case from the University of Wyoming.  We hope to foster interest in the “space corners” of Wyoming and Colorado on Meetup dot com.  There are schools, space ventures, and field trips of interest coming up in the future.  Now our business meetings are complete and we will start working on a hardline airframe design in the coming weeks.

 

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CLEAN AND ROLLING NORTH

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ARIZONA RIM COUNTRY IS WOODED AND MUCH COOLER THAN PHOENIX!

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UNLESS YOU GET A FLAT TIRE JUST BEFORE NIGHT FALL!

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BUT I DID GET A GOOD USED TIRE IN HERBER ARIZONA THE NEXT DAY

AND CONTINUED ON TO THE CIBOLA NATIONAL FOREST

EAST OF GALLUP NEW MEXICO

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WHERE I CLIMBED A ROCKY KNOLL FOR A SHOT OF THE RED CLIFFS

NORTH OF HIGHWAY 40

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CLIMBINMG AT ALTITUDE WORE US OUT FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S REST

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AND DOG GETS HER NIGHT OF GUARDING CAMP FROM HER “CAVE” IN THE CAR

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FOLLOWED BY A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE…

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FOLLOWED BY SLEET AND MUD BEFORE WE COULD GET ON THE ROAD!

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WE WENT ON TO STORRIE LAKE STATE PARK IN CENTRAl NEW MEXICO

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IT WAS WINDY AND COLD…JUST LIKE HOME IN WYOMING!

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BUT HALF-LAB HAD TO GET HALF-WET ANYWAY

(BUT HALF COON DOG DID CHASE OFF A COON IN COLORADO LATER!)

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ANOTHER HALF DAY DRIVE TOOK US TO SUGARITE CANYON

NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER

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WE RESERVED A GREAT CAMP SITE AMONG THE JUST LEAFING TREES

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EXPLORED TRAILS AND BEAVER DAMS THERE

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YUP…BEAVER FER SURE!

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AND LATER, OTHER INTERESTING CRITTERS

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ROLLING NORTH IN COLORADO NEVER FEELING TOO BIG

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TO THE BOULDER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN LONGMONT COLORADO

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WHERE WE MET WITH JIM MACDONALD OF SHADOWAIR AND INTERN WILL PFOUTS

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MEETINGS AND HIKES WERE PRODUCTIVE BUT WE HAVE MORE

MEETINGS IN LARAMIE SO OFF WE GO

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AFTER A FREEZING NIGHT IN THE KOA CAMP IN LARAMIE,

DOG FINALLY GOT TO WARM IN THE SUN!

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LARAMIE IS NEAR THE MOUNTAINS AND EVEN THE HIGH PLAINS ARE AT 7,000 FEET!

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DAVID CASE (LEFT) AND JORDAN EDSON JOINED US IN LARAMIE

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WE WILL NEED INTERNS TO GET WORK DONE FOR THE PROTOTYPE

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NOW WE HAVE COMPLETED ALL BUT ONE PART OF OUR MISSION…

WE LOAD FOR A SPECIAL PLACE AHEAD

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