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Summer 2001

Fly to Some Cool Destinations This Summer!

When the summer sun starts beating down, escape to the seaside town of Bandon, Oregon and cool off in ocean breeze. Alternatively, if hot water is what you're after, fly with us to Yellowstone National Park's famous geysers and hot springs. You can also visit choice fishing spots in the Idaho and the Colorado Rockies, or hike along the shores of Idaho's largest lake. To heat things up with that special someone, head to a lakeside resort at our romantic getaway in Lakeway, Texas.

West Yellowstone, Montana

Covering nearly 3,500 square miles of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park has it all: geothermal wonders, waterfalls, high altitude lakes, abundant wildlife, and more. Author Laurel Lippert and her husband, Tom, who once lived and worked in the park, take you on a tour of the best locations and share tips for making the most of your stay.

Bandon, Oregon

The tiny hideaway of Bandon lies on the southern Oregon coast, just a few miles from the California border. Author Greg Illes, who loves to get away from it all, reveals Bandon's charm and the unique activities you can pursue here. Go horseback riding on the beach, watch whales from shore, or even visit a game park with tigers, javelinas, and other wild animals. You'll also find a special treat for golfers; Bandon Dunes Golf Resort was recently ranked third in the nation by Golf magazine.

Sandpoint, Idaho

Idaho has a reputation for beautiful wilderness and challenging backcountry strips. But don't forget Idaho's more civilized destinations for pilots who seek convenient amenities and top-class dining options. Served by a 5,500-ft. paved and lighted runway, the lakeshore city of Sandpoint lies at the entry to the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. The blue waters of adjacent Lake Pend Oreille contrast with a backdrop of forested mountains to create a starkly beautiful natural setting. Sandpoint's combination of water sports and mountain activities make it an ideal stop for anyone who enjoys outdoor pursuits with a small-town flair.

Chino, California

Home to the largest collection of privately owned warbirds in the world, Chino Airport is a must-see for aviation history buffs and warbird enthusiasts. Don't be surprised to see P-51's in the pattern, B-17's taking off, and any number of other historic aircraft in the air. The only authentic Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Model 52 in flyable condition is at the Air Museum Planes of Fame on the field, along with the only operational N9M Flying Wing known to exist. We'll tip you off to the best ways to enjoy a visit to this aviation mecca.

Meeker, Colorado

Far from the hustle and bustle of Colorado's busy resorts, Meeker offers the beauty of the Rockies without the crowds. Join author Christina Chapman as she shares the secret of a great getaway to Meeker, from hiking in the fresh air to fishing the rivers in town, to simply taking in the scenery.

Willits, California

The northern California town of Willits is not only the "Gateway to the Redwoods," it is also the eastern end of California Western Railroad's world famous Skunk Train. You can fly here and hitch a ride on an authentic steam locomotive, as it chugs its way through old-growth redwood forests and connects with the coastal town of Fort Bragg. A stay at one of several convenient B&B's completes a great fly-and-ride weekend.

Lakeway, Texas

What better place to leave your heart this summer than in Lakeway on the shore of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country? Famous Texan hospitality, a mellow pace, hearty fare, and activities from fishing to golfing are certain to charge your spirit and rejuvenate your soul.

Denver Centennial, Colorado

The second busiest general aviation airport also happens to be a great place for an exceptional breakfast or lunch. Not only does The Perfect Landing Restaurant at Denver's Centennial Airport offer a great vantage point for judging other pilots' landings, it also serves up great food.

Smiley Creek, Idaho

Landing on Smiley Creek's 5,500-foot long, golf-course-like runway is the prelude to a great outdoor experience in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. You can stay at the clean on-airport campground with hot showers or rent a room at the Smiley Creek Lodge across the street. Come with us as we show you the best bets for hiking, horseback riding, trekking, or just kicking back in a place sure to leave you smiling.

Soft, Hot, & High Takeoffs - It's a Different Game at High Density Altitude

Author and mountain flying instructor Amy Hoover explains why takeoffs and departures are the most critical elements of flights at high-elevation, unimproved airstrips. High density altitude, soft ground, and higher groundspeeds are discussed so that you can safely enjoy the rewards of mountain flying.