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Fall 2013 Flying trip to Colorado Springs and Yellowstone Park

by on Sep.25, 2013, under Flying

As is our custom we have planned a cross country flying trip in September when the weather is normally good across the country. This year we are going to Colorado Springs to visit friends and then on to Bozeman, Montana to tour Yellowstone park. We leave Dayton, Monday, September 15th, on our first leg to Des Moines, Iowa. We have planned three different routes and elect to take the northern route to avoid thunderstorms. We arrive in Des Moines, and make an instrument approach due to low clouds. We refuel, have lunch and are on our way to Colorado Springs in short order. We encounter more clouds and some rain along with a head wind and make another instrument approach into KCOS. We are met by our friend Arron Woods, manager of the Colorado Jet Center who gives us the special COPA rate and put our plane in his hangar. Our friend and former colleague Pino Bassani, who we are visiting is there to meet us and we are off to the fabulous Bassani villa in the foothills adjacent to the Garden of the Gods. We are made comfortable and Suzy Bassani has planned a small dinner party with pilot friends. The evening turns out to be delightful. Suzy is a world class chef, and knows how to pick great wines, as well as friends, so we have a great time, in-spite of our long day in the air. The next day Pino plays tour guide and we are off to Pikes Peak, then the Garden of the Gods, lunch at the Kissing Camel Club, then a tour of the Broadmore Hotel. We have another fantastic dinner at the Bassani’s, making our stay perfect.

Road up Pikes PeakColorado Springs from Pikes PeakGil and PinoGarden of the Gods entranceKissing CamelsRock FormationsSuzy and Joyce

The next day its up early for our flight to Bozeman, Montana. There are strong headwinds, so we have plan B to stop in Caspar Wyoming, which turns out to be what we do. Weather at Bozeman, forecasts a chance of icing conditions so we want plenty of fuel in case we need to go to an alternate airport. It all works out and we land in Bozeman ready to explore Yellowstone starting tomorrow. In Bozeman, Arlin Aviation gives us great service and puts our plane in our friend Rick Hegenberger’s hangar. This is much appreciated considering the possibility of nasty weather in the area. We are off to the hotel and after a steak dinner, its time for a good nights sleep.

Bozeman arrival

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