Trip to Garden Valley, ID, June 2009

The Garden Valley Airport, U88, consists of a turf (grass) runway wedged between the South Fork of the Payette River and Hwy 17 near Garden Valley, ID.

Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side
Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side
Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side

There were a lot of single engine planes parked along the side of the runway. Some were trikes, others were tail-draggers.
Some had large tires so they could land on rough landing strips.
People who spent the night camped right by their planes or drove to town to stay in a hotel.

The flight up from Los Angeles (Bracket Field, KPOC) is about 700 miles. The scenery changes from dry desert and mountains and canyons to greener fields and forests.

Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side
Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side
Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side

A number of interesting features were easily visible during the flight:

Mono Lake - aerial view Mono Lake in front of the Sierra Nevada.
Palmdale Airport aerial view Palmdale Airport (PMD) - Aerial View
Strip Mine or Rock Quarry A rock Quarry or Strip Mine

Two refueling stops were required each way, and the weather was not always perfect:

N9099B being refueled Greg's brother's plane, N9099B, being refueled.
Palmdale Airport aerial view
Rain on airplane windshield Rain but no windshield wipers


Garden Valley, ID, and the South Fork of the Payette River were very beautiful:

Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side
Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side Grass Landing Strip with planes parked on side

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[Last update: Aug 2, 2009]