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Patterns in the desert

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“Holy cow, you can see where water has been but isn’t.”

Leaving the mountains and flying south, fire and water once again become themes of the landscape. The hills to the southeast of The Dalles were alight as we passed through, fire crews battling on the ground, while a helicopter dropped water from the Columbia to slow the blaze.

South in the Nevada desert, the historical evidence of water was everywhere. Dry lakes, empty stream beds and huge outwash plains gouged by the flow of water nowhere to be seen.

Unsurprisingly, sunlight is plentiful, making the desert an ideal location for solar power. Like something from a Sci-fi movie, Crescent Dunes C.S.P. (Concentrated Solar Power) project is impossible to miss. Projected to go online by late 2014, the plant concentrates solar radiation to heat molten salt, hopefully providing 110 megawatts of on-demand, renewable electricity.

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“You meet good people in aviation.”

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Maneuvering through lines of huge, partly built, Boeing aircraft, we casually mentioned to the first person we saw that we planned to spend a few days on the ground near Seattle.

Minutes later, Three-Two-Five-One-Echo was tied down in front of Terry’s F.B.O., Castle and Cooke. There was Bob’s homebuilt plane rubbing shoulders with private jets (and drawing more attention). Terry went out of his way to make sure our aerial-adventure-machine was well looked after and didn’t blink an eye at the long line of passengers that lounged on his couch while they waited their turn for a joyride over Puget Sound

Seattle being our northern most point we turned south towards Mt Rainer with two new crew members, Bob’s wife Cathy and his daughter Melinda. Adding Cathy, Melinda, and a car, allows the Aircam to land at airports that don’t have gas, opening up a new world of possibilities.

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