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Spring 2000

Adventures for the New Year!

Start the new year off right with a flight to one of our Spring destinations. We'll take you to a romantic California island and whisk you to relaxing hot springs in Wyoming. If adventure is what you seek, you can escape to a Canadian wilderness lodge and even experience a self-fly African safari.

Santa Catalina Island, California

Escape with your sweetheart to this romantic island for Valentine's Day...or any day. Author Mindy N. Steinman takes you to romantic B&B's, quiet places to enjoy a candlelight dinner, and other activities for two. You can explore the island on horseback, by bicycle, underwater with scuba gear or a snorkel, and even in a submarine! Although just a short distance off the California coast, you'll find Catalina Island is a world away.

African Aerial Safari

Have you ever dreamed of flying into the African bush to view wild animals and natural wonders? Join us on our first Adventure Getaway through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana on a self-fly African safari. Experience the thrill of flying over Victoria Falls, seeing giraffe amble across an airstrip, and getting close to the exotic animals in the southern African bush.

Bryce Canyon, Utah

See the unique natural beauty of Utah's high country. Incredible views of red rock spires, called hoodoos, abound from places like Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, and Bryce Point. Fly in to hike, bike, or simply drive through this natural spectacle.

Tsuniah Lake Lodge, British Columbia

Enjoy the glaciers and fjords of western British Columbia on the way to this remote lodge. Overlooking a crystal-blue lake teeming with trout, the Tsuniah Lake Lodge provides the perfect wilderness getaway. In addition to the phenomenal fishing, you can ride horseback, mountain bike, hike, or just take in the natural beauty.

Pine Mountain Lake, California

In the Sierra Nevada foothills, Pine Mountain Lake Airport is a convenient gateway to everything from white-water rafting to an 18-hole golf course. The Chalet de Fontenay, an on-airport B&B, and the 150-year-old Groveland Hotel, in the historic Gold Rush town of Groveland, are easily accessible after landing. And if you rent a car, Yosemite is only 20 miles away.

Thermopolis, Wyoming

Soak in the magical healing waters long revered by the Shoshone Indians. The World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs are just down the hill from the Thermopolis Municipal Airport, but are not the only attraction here. You can also visit the renowned Dinosaur Museum and even golf at the nine-hole golf course adjacent to the airport.

Albany, Oregon

Make sure to include Albany on your next flight through the Willamette Valley. Walk just a few steps from your tiedown to Lum Yuen Restaurant. Dine on Chinese cuisine while enjoying the view of aircraft landing on Runway 34. If you're too tired to fly home, two hotels are also just a short walk away.

Tuweep, Arizona

A little-known dirt strip at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is perfect for camping and stunning views. Clair Roberts, the friendly park ranger who is also a pilot, will likely make you feel at home. Remember to bring your own food, water, and other supplies to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the North Rim.

Operating Off Pavement

So you want to land on a dirt strip. Can you fly there in your aircraft? Author John T. Kounis, who has operated a Cessna 172RG on many bush strips, reveals the correct procedures to safely operate off pavement and protect your aircraft in the process.