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Friday, July 18, 2014

No. 291 Naval Air Station Whidbey Open House 2014




NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. 
Open House Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 



This event is an opportunity for the public to learn about past, current, and future operations at the Navy’s only air station in the Pacific Northwest and to see static displays of all its assigned aircraft.

A 5K run along the base’s flight line will be held at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Aircraft displays include the EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion and MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, and two unmanned aerial vehicles, the Scan Eagle and an Integrator.

There will also be other visual displays, guided bus tours, a K-9 Working Dog demonstration, bouncy toys for children and a climbing wall for those wishing to test their climbing acumen. Aviation memorabilia will also be available for purchase as well as a variety of food and beverages. There is no ATM on the flight line so please plan accordingly.

All guests will come onto Ault Field via Charles Porter Gate, located just west of the Ault Field and Goldie roads intersection. All visitors over the age of 18 will be required to have state or government issued identification for .access to the base.

Due to security measures, the following items are not allowed on the base: 

- Large bags
- Backpacks
- Weapons
- Coolers
- Pet
- Drugs or drug paraphernalia to include all marijuana products. Other medically prescribed drugs are allowed only if they are in marked medical containers (For example, don't bring medicine in Sunday through Saturday containers).

Visitors are limited to the following items, which will be subject to search by Security Forces:

- Strollers and wagons for toddlers
- Diaper bags for guests with small children
- Small women's purses
- Handicapped items such as wheel chairs
- Official service dogs
- Bottled water, two bottles per person. Free water-refill stations will be available
- Hydration packs (Eg. CamelBaks - hydration only, no backpacks)
- Cameras, video recorders and binoculars. Visitors will be required to show the items work. Items must be small enough to carry by hand.

Recommended Items include:
- Sunscreen

Sunday, July 13, 2014

No. 290 Kayak Point Park

Kayak Point Regional County Park
15610 Marine Drive Stanwood, WA 98292
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Kayak Point Park is on the eastern shore of Port Susan Bay. The park has over a half mile of saltwater beach access which makes it a popular destination for picnicking, boating and swimming. There is a fishing pier that extends 300 feet out into Port Susan and at the far end the water depth is 50 feet, which places fisherman on top of a variety of fish such as flounder, sole, true cod, rockfish, and walleye pollock year-round and migrating sea perch in spring and summer. Baited crab pots are used to attract Dungeness and red rock crab to the pier.
Kayak Point is also a great place to go camping close to home. Whether it is in your personal tent nestled in the tall trees with electric hook-up and water, or in the newly constructed 4 person yurt cabins or stay at the Kayak Kottage Vacation House.


Kayak Point Beach Park
Kayak Point Beach front 
Kayak Point Beach Park
Kayak Point Beach Shelters 
Kayak Point Beach Park
Fishing Pier
Kayak Point Beach Park

Kayak Point Yurts
Camping Yurt 
Kayak Point Cottage
3 story Kayak Kottage 
Kayak Point Cottage

Kayak Point Cottage

Monday, July 7, 2014

No.289 Super Pod with Island Adventures

Island Adventures
http://www.island-adventures.com/
1801 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, Wa
1-800-465-4604

Back out on the waters of Puget Sound with Captain Scott and crew for a sunset sailing aboard
Island Explorer 4.
Arrived early in Anacortes to check in with Island Adventures and then it was off to grab some lunch and scenic views atop of Cape Sante Point before heading down to the marina to board the 3:30pm sailing.
Cape Sante Point
looking west from Cape Sante Point overlooking the marina 

Trip started off with motoring out into Rosario Straight past Washington Park, Burrows Island and Allan Island before crossing over to the south end of Lopez Island where we came across an out of season Steller Sea Lion and harbor seals on "Swirl Rocks."
Stellar Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion out on the rocks

Trip White Board

After about an hour we arrived at the south end of San Juan Island and saw a group of Orcas near the shores of South Beach. It was soon pretty evident that we found ourselves in the middle of a      Southern Resident Killer Whales Super Pod with members of J, K, and L Pods surrounding the boat on every side. Spent about an hour on scene with this super pod before heading home during sunset


Super pod of L-Pod orcas Cruiser Orca Whale playful orcas playful orcas Cruiser Orca Whale Cruiser Orca Whale
Lopez Island Sunset
setting sun behind Lopez Island, WA





Cape Sante Marina Sunset
Arriving back in port just as the sun is setting on a great day 









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Saturday, July 5, 2014

No. 288 Arlington Fly In 2014

Arlington Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention July 10th through the 12th at KAWO
 Address: 18204 59th Dr. NE Arlington, WA
website www.arlingtonflyin.org
purchase Tickets Online Here
Daily Fly-In Schedule
 
Follow the streets signs to find the northwest auto and camper parking areas. All parking is on the west side of the airport
Thursday July 10 through Saturday 12th on the grounds of Arlington Municipal Airport you can see one of the United States largest and oldest aircraft conventions. It's the Oskosh of the west. You can walk the grounds get up close to everything from powered gliders, sail planes, kit planes, home built aircraft, vintage military vehicles, armory guns, historic war birds and period reenactors. Many aircraft clubs will also be fly-in for the 3 day event. This event has something for everyone, from radio controlled flight to vintage War birds. There will be air shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Fly-In. Plus aircraft workshops, a balloon glow (Friday Night), jet simulator, plane rides, kids’ activities and more. Kids 15 and under are FREE. More details

Leading Taxiway
Looking down the flight line
Tundra Tires
Tundra Tires
Generals Cadillac
Classic Caddy on display in the vintage car area
Arlington Air Show 2010
Cessna Sunset with Mount Rainier
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Volunteer Aircraft Marshals await the next fly-in arrival
B-17 "Sentimental Journey"
B-17 Sentimental Journey on display
Ground crews setting up for the night burn
Hot Air Balloon crew start setting up for the Night Glow
0.3 second smore flame

Ground Crew starts the rise burn
Raising the canopy
All Burn Hot Air Ballons @KAWO
Night Illuminati
 
A practical how-to guide to photographing aircraft for anyone from air show enthusiasts to those aspiring to be professional     aviation photographers. Simply defined, aviation photography is the taking photos of airplanes. But behind the scenes of this seemingly simple act are a number of critical elements: aircraft scheduling, lighting, spotting locations, diversions, and sometimes interactions with law enforcement officials. In this guide I will talk about finding locations suitable for photographing aircraft, the equipment I use, camera settings, basic photographic concepts and techniques and discuss basic aviation knowledge in order for you to improve your photography for years to come. 


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

No. 287 Jetty Island, Everett Washington

Jetty Island
Everett, WA
Website : http://www.portofeverett.com/home/index.asp?page=87

The Short Stack 
Jetty Island Ferry runs from July 5th through Labor Day 2014
departure times
M-Th 10am-6pm
F, Sa 10am-9pm
Su 10am-7pm

Pick up boarding passes at the boat launch kiosk. Select return passes on the island. 

Jetty Island, Everett Washington
Sand, Surf, Wind and Waves just minutes from downtown Everett


Everett's industrial look of concrete and manufacturing disappears in a matter of minutes on the west side of Jetty Island. More than 50,000 residents and tourists visit this 2 mile long man made island which is only a few hundred feet across Port Gardner Bay from Port of Everett. 
The steady afternoon winds which attract kite boarders from around the area today to Jetty Island have been around much longer than the island itself. Dunes, sandy beaches, birds and plants are a recent addition to the seascape around Everett. 
During Everett's heyday and expansion in the 1890s plans were drawn up to add a fresh water harbor at the mouth of the Snohomish River for ships to import and export goods from the surrounding area. This required controlling the Snohomish River and changing the seascape around the waterfront.
Construction on the training dike to divert the Snohomish River began in 1896 but a poor design and increased competition from Seattle for monies from the Army Corps of Engineers hampered the project and many parts of the original construction where never completed. 
Throughout the decades the Army Corps of Engineers continued to dredge Snohomish River to keep up with the amount of sediment being deposited in Port Gardner Bay and redepositing it on the west side of the 1920's bulkhead increasing its land mass above the waterline. After nearly 80 years of dredging the river enough material had been transplanted that a man made island started to take shape. By the 1970s local interest in the island for recreation and wildlife habitat surpassed support for a commercial use.
Today Jetty Island is 2 miles long and is a top tourist destination and wildlife conservation area. Its sandy beaches, mud flat and salt water marshes provide important habitat to over 115 species of birds.
Jetty Island is open year round to those with means to make the float across Port Gardner Bay and that can put up the elements such as tidal shift, winds and inclement weather.
The City of Everett runs a free ferry service to the island during the summer for those with out a paddle or boat.

How to get to Jetty Island
Park at the Marine Park and head to the Ferry Information booth behind the Whale Tail Sculpture. Ferry departs every 30 minutes but you must collect a boarding pass for everyone in your party before getting on the boat. The small ferry boat is limited to 60 passengers per crossing so you might have to wait until you get aboard. Once on Jetty Island you pick up your return time boarding card. Same as with departure, every one in your group must have a boarding pass. 2pm-4pm return crossings are very popular so you might have to spend a few hours on the island before the next available boat. People do tend to run late and miss their scheduled time so there is a "Standby Line" for those that want to leave earlier than planned. Its first come first serve. If you are late to your scheduled departure they will give those seats to people waiting in the Standby line. Crew members will explain this procedure on land, on the boat and again on the island.
Picnic Shelters and Bathrooms are located near the ferry dock on the island. Also the ONLY ones, so plan bathroom breaks accordingly to how far down the beach you are headed.
Jetty Island is tidal so check the current tides before heading out and also plan on bringing warmer clothes for the winds and lower temperature. Kite Boarders love this place for a reason ..THE WIND.

Here's how the ferry service works: When you arrive at the Everett public boat launch, there is a Jetty Island kiosk near the water, where you pick up a placard with a time on it (the next available ferry). About 60 people fit on the ferry, which runs every 30 minutes. When you get across to the island, pick up a placard for the time you want to return. - See more at: http://www.seattleschild.com/article/parent-review-jetty-island-days-in-everett#sthash.8y5NSCzo.dpuf
Here's how the ferry service works: When you arrive at the Everett public boat launch, there is a Jetty Island kiosk near the water, where you pick up a placard with a time on it (the next available ferry). About 60 people fit on the ferry, which runs every 30 minutes. When you get across to the island, pick up a placard for the time you want to return. - See more at: http://www.seattleschild.com/article/parent-review-jetty-island-days-in-everett#sthash.8y5NSCzo.dpuf
Here's how the ferry service works: When you arrive at the Everett public boat launch, there is a Jetty Island kiosk near the water, where you pick up a placard with a time on it (the next available ferry). About 60 people fit on the ferry, which runs every 30 minutes. When you get across to the island, pick up a placard for the time you want to return. - See more at: http://www.seattleschild.com/article/parent-review-jetty-island-days-in-everett#sthash.8y5NSCzo.dpuf
Here's how the ferry service works: When you arrive at the Everett public boat launch, there is a Jetty Island kiosk near the water, where you pick up a placard with a time on it (the next available ferry). About 60 people fit on the ferry, which runs every 30 minutes. When you get across to the island, pick up a placard for the time you want to return. - See more at: http://www.seattleschild.com/article/parent-review-jetty-island-days-in-everett#sthash.8y5NSCzo.dpuf


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