Double Circle Fly In & Camp MarkSpencer

 

By Mark Spencer

 

The Spring backcountry fly in season is nearly over, but come out and enjoy one of our last two events. It’s Grapevine (88AZ) May 18th through 20th, which is our last hosted Grapevine event until fall.

To end the season, on Memorial Day weekend we’ll be at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) just outside of the quaint little town of Young. This will be a very special weekend with plenty of activities, so be sure to check it out on our calendar and let us know if you are interested in a particular activity. Remember, there are hotels in Young!

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This month’s Double Circle event was a real treat for attendees as the weather turned out to be ideal. The Rattlesnake fire was also pretty well contained and smoke was non existent as there was a modest wind from the south. Some folks flew as far as from ABQ to spend just a few hours with us, and we ere joined by four turkey hunters from Tucson and Chandler as thy utilized the lodge along side pilots. Local rancher Darcy Ely was kind enough to provide her grill and picnic tables once again, and graced us with a good visit, discussing the area and challenges of ranching.

It took only a couple volunteers to clean up some brush encroaching at the north end of he strip, and two Cherokee 180’s were among the visiting aircraft.

The Double Circle ponies also made a showing, two of the friendliest horses in town! They are not afraid of aircraft, so watch out for them! We also witnessed deer and elk over the weekend. This is such a special place! Watch for a fall work party at the old ranch. We need maintenance on some items in the lodge and volunteering is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for this site!

Please note that all of our airstrips on USFS lands are under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, no open fires of any kind other than gas and no smoking!

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Grapevine 88AZ:

May 18-20

Pleasant Valley 24AZ:

May 25-27 Memorial Day

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