Idaho Flying Trip August 27, 2016

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I got to Phifer airport in Wheatland WY at sunrise to try and get to McCall ID today (Saturday). Dwayne let me put my airplane in his hangar and loaned me his old pickup truck.

Taking off from Wheatland WY at 7:00 am I soon got into high country en route to the Medicine Bow VOR. The 4,400 foot altitude of the airport, cargo and almost full fuel made take off noticeably longer and climb slower from Wheatland. But the airplane surprised me by continuing to climb to 10,700.
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Most of the airports around there are above 7,000 feet and density altitude was Around 8,300 feet. I was too low even at that altitude for Denver Center's radar so my SPOT Messenger provided my only flight following. Wide open spaces but not very populated if you needed help. There was an amazing plateau that jumped from the low country to the high country as I headed for the Medicine Bow VOR. It must have abruptly risen 3,000 - 4,000 feet on the western side of a town.
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It took 3 hours and 18 minutes to make it to Logan UT for refueling. Beautiful mountains all around Logan. Had to cross them at 10,000 but just on the other side Logan was at 4,457. I had to lose altitude out in the valley since there was a lot of local traffic around the airport. Lots of wild fire activity at Logan. I met a couple of contract fire fighters flying an Aero Commander. One of them had been in a class with one of the NC firefighters that I know from Region 2. Small world! It took me another 3 hours and 8 minutes to make it to McCall. I shortened the route by going direct across the mountains rather than though Boise airspace. It was bumpy at 10,000. I followed the Payette River that flows north of Boise.
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Cascade Lake is South of McCall. After three days of bad weather, one day of good weather and 18 hours of flying, McCall and Payette Lake came into view.
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