Trip Overview

Taylor, TX to Gaston’s – Mountain Home, AR (August 2016)

August 3, 2016 — August 17, 2016

  • Number of Days: 2
  • Total Miles: 856

The Mountain Home area of north Arkansas is one of the most scenic gyro trips in the country. It was so much fun last summer, that we decided to do it again.  Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY


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Getting Ready

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This shot is from our first visit to Gastons – Summer  2015.

GASTONS SKY VECTOR AUG 2016

SKY VECTOR FLIGHT PLAN – TAYLOR, TX to GASTONS, AR to GRANBURY, TX and back home.

Day 1

Friday, August 5, 2016

Taylor, TX to Gaston's (Ozarks)

Miles flown this day: 428

Total miles flown: 428


2 BISCUITS - JAMMS CUP1

Sausage & Egg biscuits – a good way to start a GyroTrip.

3 - TRIO GOLF CART

John Craparo’s golf cart makes the trip to the restroom a whole lot faster.

4 - TRIP READY TO GO

Ready for take off at 9:00 AM

5 - WINNSBORO GAS PUMP

It took about two and half hours to make our first fuel stop in WINNSBORO TX. It was a good place to stop for a brown bag lunch in the airport terminal.

6 - CHANDLER BEGIN OZARKS

This shot of Chandler shows us about an hour south of RUSSELLVILE, AR, getting close to the OZARKS.

7 - CHANDLER MID OZARKS

About fifty miles south of MOUNTAIN HOME AR, we’re seeing the full beauty of the OZARKS.

8 - GYROS UNDER AWNING

We made our descent to the grass runway at GASTONS RESORT at about 5:30. Shortly after dinner, Chandler received a FLASH FLOOD warning on his phone that a storm was less than ten minutes away. With no hangar space available and the storm just a few miles away, the GASTONS came through in allowing us to store the gyros under their main carport. No doubt, without their help, our planes would have been damaged. Our sincere thanks to GASTONS

Day 2

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gaston's (Ozarks) to Granbury, TX

Miles flown this day: 428

Total miles flown: 856


9 - CHANDLER-DAYTON GASTONS PRE TAKE OFF

We were up at 5:30 Saturday morning to prep the gyros and to make a slippery takeoff from the waterlogged runway that looked more like a lake than a landing strip.

10 - CHANDLER-DAYTON MTN HOME AIRPORT

It was only a five minute flight from GASTONS, over the mountain to the airport at MOUNTAIN HOME, AR. But, new storms were developing from the west, so we parked the gyros in a corporate hangar and drove to MELS DINER to come up with a plan to get home.

11-CHANDLER CLARKSVILLE AR

It was close to NOON when we took off from MOUNTAIN HOME, on our way back to TEXAS. Our first fuel stop was CLARKSVILLE, AR.

One of the many lakes and rivers we flew over in ARKANSAS.

14 - SPECK IN THE SKY

That little speck in the sky is Dayton, about 2000 feet above the ground.

13 - CHANDLER-PROFILE

Profile of Chandler as we transition from ARKANSAS to OKLAHOMA.

15 - SPECK OVER RESERVOIR

More storms are on the way.

16 - DAYTON STORM FORMING

And the sky got darker.

18 - DAYTON IN STORM

What started as a rain cloud, turned in to a full blown thunder storm. As you can see in the middle of this picture, Dayton had to scramble to get out of the way.

17 - DAYTON SILLOUETTE OVER OZARKS

We had planned on spending Saturday night on the lake in GRANBURY, TX. But, after two days of dodging thunder storms and almost losing our gyros in a flash flood, we decided to skip GRANBURY and fly all the way home to TAYLOR, where Kathy  had a delicious steak dinner waiting. This trip had all the elements of a GyroTrip – fun, fear, food, and good company. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY

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John Craparo 7th of August 2016 05:32:26 PM

Well, I guess the golf cart was one way to participate in this aerial voyage. Sorry that the weather was... read more

Well, I guess the golf cart was one way to participate in this aerial voyage. Sorry that the weather was not that great, but I am sure the food was good. I am curious about the Jam;s mug. Looks a lot like a Jim's mug.I look forward to a face to face report.

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Robert Dabbs 7th of August 2016 05:32:26 PM

Thanks John. There's a story behind the JAMM'S cup. Will put on the agenda for next lunch meeting.

Thanks John. There's a story behind the JAMM'S cup. Will put on the agenda for next lunch meeting.

Brook Benten 6th of August 2016 10:05:21 PM

Looks like you guys made it home a few minutes ago! Love that.

Looks like you guys made it home a few minutes ago! Love that.

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Robert Dabbs 6th of August 2016 10:05:21 PM

Yep BB! We made it home at about 10:15 Saturday night. About to post pictures.

Yep BB! We made it home at about 10:15 Saturday night. About to post pictures.