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Baja Cardinal Fly-out
Tony Williams popped up on the digest one day and invited the Cardinal Flyers along on his trip to Baja. Although weather in the US deterred many, the reports and pictures from the trip make it clear that those who did go had a great time. We're already talking about making this a CFO fly-out next year. Here is Tony's report and a few pictures from the CD he sent me. Thanks, Tony! Webmaster|
From: Tony Williams (AlphaWisky@compuserve.com)
Subject: Baja Flyin Report
I flew into Calexico at 8:30am on Saturday with two non-pilot passengers
from San Diego, where I met Larry Wokral and daughter Stephanie, and
Craig & Heidi Steele and family.
Nine people in 3 Cardinals ultimately
made the trip from CXL to Loreto. We spent almost 4 hours of chatting
with each other on 122.75 and taking pictures of each other's planes
while flying over the Baja shoreline at 3500 feet.
Jimmy Hawley and family flew direct to Loreto, bypassing CXL, however we
never did meet up, even though we stayed at the same hotel. Russ Dent
flew Cardinal N633DA into Loreto, landing right behind me. He and his
wife were chasing us all the way from Tucson.
It was a pleasant surprise
to meet up with another Cardinal driver while on our group trip, but it
did have me scratching my head at first, not recognizing the tail
number. It turns out that Russ was not part of our group, but was at
Loreto to get gas only, since the airport he was staying at did not have
Everybody else who wanted to go to Baja cancelled, primarily due to the
forecast conditions for the return trip on Monday. Certainly safety
comes first, but you missed a GREAT trip!!!
I'm told that of the 25-30
Mooney airplanes that planned to go to Baja this weekend as a group,
only 9 went. One didn't complete the trip without missing the runway at
Mulege. (Visible in picture to right.)
On Sunday, the group played with the whales at Laguna San Ignacio, which
turned out to be more exciting then I envisioned. The whales do come to
the boat... up close and personal.
(The picture to the right shows Larry Wokral petting a whale. Ever fashion aware as he is, that's a CFO hat on his head. :-)
The runway of crushed sea shells and
sand was flawless, and since I landed first, I got some great shots of
the other two planes during their landing there.
After the 2 hour whale excursion, all three planes flew to a late lunch
at Mulege (pronounced Moo la hay). |
While we were enjoying lunch, we
realized that the Loreto airport may be closed at 6pm on Sunday. After
calling the ATC tower in Loreto, we confirmed that it was OK to land
later than 6pm.
I suggested a tour of the ATC tower, which was approved,
and many of us participated in the tour.
This morning (Monday), we all left Loreto, myself going to San Diego for
U.S. Customs, Larry to Calexico again, and Craig to Yuma. Enroute, I
landed at Melling Ranch (Rancho San Jose). |
What a neat place!!!! This is
a 6000 acre working ranch that was founded by a Norwegian family about
100 years ago, and they feed you just like the ranch hands. The landing
is not for the faint of heart (the runway ends uphill, making go-around
a risky proposition).
I next landed at Ensenada (a Mexican military airfield) to get gas and
then on to San Diego Brown Field for U.S. Customs. I was in and out in
no time, but a storm was racing us for my home airport (Montgomery
I took almost 300 pictures with my digital camera, so I'll be going
through them and picking the best to be put up on my web page. It was
great to meet many new faces, and to share the fascination I have with
Hope to see you all next year, hasta luego,
Tony Williams * N177AW * San Diego
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