had our first VMG Fly-In to Methow Valley on the eastern slopes of the
Cascades, and boy is this a beautiful valley. Ten Mooneys showed
up in this corner of the country and the weather was perfect. We
stayed at the beautiful Sun Mountain Lodge and they sure rolled out the red
carpet for us with shuttles to/from the airport and town.
we forget, we would like to give a special thanks to Skyvector.com who
underwrote a part of our Cowboy BBQ on Saturday evening. Here's a warm
VMG Thank You to Skyvector.com!
Below is just a sampling of the views enroute from the south to Methow
Valley. What amazing country!
Jeff Mirsepasy had flown a few minutes past Methow Valley to Twisp airport
as he had arranged to borrow the Courtesy Car for the entire weekend.
We took maximum advantage of this car, and actually got a bit rowdy.
Most of the Mooneys arrived on Friday and hung out at the bar and/or the
pool & spa. The views were magnificent. On Friday and Saturday
evening, we raided Joe & Rosemary Pelissier's room and had wine that Dave &
Barbara Boerigter (Washington) and Phil & Linda Corman (Paso Robles) brought
for everyone to enjoy. Everyone had a wonderful time, but Kelly & Jana
truly entertained with their amazing flying stories!
On Saturday, after breakfast, most of the folks drove down into Winthrop,
the town at the bottom of the mountain. It is a quaint western town
with restaurants, coffee, and shopping. In the afternoon, some of the
people went to nearby Lake Patterson to do a little canoeing and sailing.
Jeff was out mountain biking (the guy is not human with his strength and
On Saturday at 5:30pm, we all headed for the corral and either mounted our
horses or climbed aboard an old western wagon for the 45 minute trip to an
old homestead in the mountains for a Cowboy BBQ. In the left picture,
you can see Greg & Linda practicing on their "horse simulators". Kelly
didn't like his horse Dawson, so Phil was given Dawson who was clearly the
tallest horse at 18 hands. It was a dusty trail as you can see by the
Mooney "butt marks" in the wagon below.
Photographs courtesy of VMG Members Jeff
Mirsepasy, Greg Jacobs and Linda & Phil Corman
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