Our trip to Soar Utah 2006 began on Saturday, August 26th when Dave
and I will left Milwaukee for points west with Soar Utah as our
destination. True to Slopin' Safari form we will be meandering out
through several states looking for suitable spots to fly en route to
Utah. At this point 4 days before we leave we are not sure what route
we will take. Depending on the wind predictions we will either head
down to Lake Wilson in Kansas for an F3F event or head across South
After we flew we decided to head further west so we had a head start on the next day. We ended up in Murdo, SD at The New LandMARK Country Inn. Interesting place in the middle of South Dakota. Reasonable rates, clean room, Wi-Fi and Pillow top beds. Nice.
We woke up today to rain. My plan was to roam through the Badlands to a couple of spots I knew from previous trips as well as check out a spot Rob suggested on the outbound road towards Wall, SD. Flying was, of course, the goal.
We stopped at the Pinnacles Overlook where I tried the Weasel but the wind was not right and after a brief flight and a short trip down the slope to get the Weasel, we moved on.
The spot Rob suggested is about 7 miles south of the front door of Wall Drug. It is on Buffalo Gap National Grasslands land at the site of two radio towers. The gate was open and the road while a bit muddy was fine. Normally this is a pretty dry area so if there is a ENE wind this spot would rock. 300-plus feet high and a great shape. Today, no wind and rain thwarted our plans to fly so it was on to Wall Drug for breakfast. Pancakes are good there if you are in the area!
More rain and no win so we just kept heading west until we broke out of the weather near Gillette, WY. On the way we made a blast past Devil's Tower. Still coo after all the times I've seen it although it was still raining pretty steadily.
In Gillette we weased on a Wi-Fi connection at some hotel and found the wind forecast for Northern Wyoming looking better. A consultation of the Wyoming Gazetter and a route was planned up Upper Powder Rd towards Arvada, WY with a loop back to Buffalo where we planned to stay the evening.
Flying on the Upper Powder Rd. has a lot of potential we checked several spots and had a couple of good flights at a site about 3 miles south of Arvada. The wind was still light but at least the rain was gone. it was mostly a Weasel day today.
Stayed at the Comfort Inn which was fine if a bit spendy this being the high season and all. If his Wi-Fi were working we'd have stayed at Bill's Hotel, which may not be the name of the place, but was easy to find. Just take a right on Main St. off the 16 route into town and it is on the left. Nice guy.
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