Well, I'm back to work and finally getting a chance to jot down a trip report from our weekend down at Tangri-la/Caveman.
The first week in May 2010 took us to the 1st annual Utah backcountry fly-in at Tangri-la, a.k.a. Caveman Ranch. What a great trip! We saw old friends and made many new ones.
Day one we left from OGD to Tangri-la. After getting home from a trip on Wednesday, things were kind of up in the air whether or not my wife and kids would be going or not. Our 6 month old came down with an ear infection. After checking with the doc and getting the green light (and meds) from him, as well as making sure that she was sleeping well through the night, we decided to give it a shot. Friday morning, we got the plane packed and just as we started to taxi out, when our little girl decided she needed to be fed (we had planned on stopping down the road a ways). So, we pulled up in front of the Auger Inn (the on airport greasy spoon) and all went in for lunch. Once all were fed and happy, we were on our way.
Once there, we set up camp and just hung out for the rest of the afternoon. Adam kept me busy by pulling me around to whatever it was that he wanted to check out.
Day 2 we flew down to Monument Valley for breakfast, over Nokia Dome, Lake Powell, and then back to Tangri-la. After making lunch, we ran over to Rockland Ranch, but it was too windy for the taildragger we were flying with to leave his plane unattended with no tiedowns, so we pressed on to Monticello for fuel while he returned to Tangri-la. On our return, I was greated by Gary on the radio saying that they were having a spot landing contest and I was the first contestant. I was informed that I had three chances and had to approach over the rock pile on the east end of the runway. I missed the rock pile, but had a decent landing. The next hour or so was pretty entertaining watching all the other guys buzz around the pattern. Both nights they had a big fire up by the lodge and it was nice to visit a little with everyone.
Day 3, we ate breakfast, packed up camp, and went back over to Rockland Ranch to visit the polygimists. They were very gracious to invite us in and show us around their "cave" homes, especially since we (5 aircraft) dropped in unannounced on Mother's Day morning. It was very cool. Then, after a quick lunch stop in Fillmore, UT, we landed at Ibex to find a movie set getting ready to shoot a film. A road had been marked off to keep all vehicles confined to one area, but from the air, it looked like a runway. Thinking that it was a leftover from the fly-in(which we knew was supposed to be on the south side of the island) and seeing tracks, we landed and rolled up next to a truck with a young kid in it. Ends up he was the security watching the movie set until it was used. He said we weren't the first to land on it. We had a nice, quick visit with him before heading home.
A great weekend of flying with great people. Rob, Matt, and Gary, it was great to see you again. Rich, Blu, bmurrish, and amacBean, it was great to meet you. Wayne, it was great to meet you and your family. It was nice to see another famliy out with their baby. A big thanks again to Rod, Paula, Hunter, Johnny, and Gary. We hope this becomes an annual event. It was a great way to start off the flying season! Hope to see you all in JC this next month!
Here are pictures and videos of the trip. Enjoy!