First on the itinerary was an IMAX Theater showing of "Journey to Space". This 3D movie highlighted the history of the Space Shuttle and Hubble telescope programs as well a detailed exploration of the challenges presented by a future trip to Mars.
The coveted Wings award was presented to Al Gibbs for all of his imaginative contributions to our recent Hangar Parties. Al was responsible for the perfectly rendered bar sign for the Pancho Barnes themed party, as well as the corral set used for photos at the party. He was also responsible for the great palm trees used at this and last year's parties.
The destination turned out to be Hemet-Ryan Field. Twenty-four people in eight aircraft made the trip and were treated to an excellent lunch at the Hangar One Cafe. Barbie, the owner of the cafe, came in just to make sure we were well taken care of. The food was excellent (especially the home-made pies) and you could not have asked for a nicer day to fly.
A special thanks to Peter, Wayne, Dane, Mitch, Joe and Larry for coming up with the quiz and grading the results.
Larry and Jodie hosted a BBQ at the airport's campground pavilion on Friday night with a Happy Hour followed by BBQ chicken and beef shortribs. A second Happy hour followed.
Saturday involved a little shopping, sightseeing and bar hopping in Sonora and the winery town of Murphys. Those camping started the day with a great group breakfast in the pavilion. The highlight on Saturday was dinner at the historical City Hotel in Columbia, which is located in a horse-drawn vehicle only area. Although we had a private dining room, DAFers were able to roam back and forth to the bar and occasionally outside. A talented street musician playing outside the hotel was convinced to setup just outside our dining room, where he serenaded us throughout the evening.
Sunday arrived with low IFR weather in Columbia which cleared by early afternoon. Many flew back IFR in order to get into the LA Basin. The VFR pilots had stories to tell.
Many thanks to Larry and Jodie for a really well organized and fun event and to those pilots who didn't give up getting to the destination.