Trip Overview

Taylor, TX to Lajitas, TX (Dec. 2016)

December 27, 2016 — January 25, 2017

  • Number of Days: 2
  • Total Miles: 680

 

Who flew:

Mike and Cyndi Baker – Gyro N848CG

Robert and Dayton Dabbs – Gyro N747KW

Texas is one of the most diverse, beautiful landscapes to see from a gyroplane. We took off from the flatland of Taylor (T74)  about 9:45 Tuesday morning and flew west and watched the terrain slowly rise as we approached the Texas Hill Country. After a fuel and lunch stop in Junction (KJCT) and a friendly ride to town by Mr. Bill, a wonderful 91 year old  WWII veteran, we continued west another 130 miles to a remote West Texas fuel stop in Terrell County (K6R6). There,  airport manager, CD Curry explained that the the huge runways, which looked like an abandoned scene from a Stephen King movie, were built in the 1930’s as a fuel and crew stop for giant Pan American Clippers that flew passengers from San Antonio to Los Angeles.  On our final leg, we climbed to about six thousand feet to clear the mountain range leading in to Lajitas (89TE) where airport manager Robert Farrell was waiting with an overnight hangar for our gyros and transportation to the Resort.   From the patio at the resort restaurant, we watched day fade away into night behind the mountains.  It had been a long, tiring, fun trip. We turned in for the night.

After breakfast Wednesday morning, the resort provided transportation back to the airport. After pre-flighting the gyros and loading our gear, we were in the air again for what would be the most spectacular part of our trip. Pilot, Mike Beavers, who knows the area well, volunteered to fly escort in his red Grumman to see the sites along the border. After takeoff, we flew southeast through canyons and cliffs of the Rio Grande, which separates the US and Mexico. The scenery cannot be described with words. It’s literally overwhelming.  

With another fuel stop 156 miles to the northeast in OZONA (KOZA), we then flew 131 miles east to Llano (KAQO) where airport manager (Runway Roy) provided transportation to our lunch stop at COOPERS BBQ – delicious as always. Our final leg from Llano to our home airport of Taylor (T74) was pleasant and smooth as we touched down about half an hour before sundown. As we rolled the gyros back into the hangars, it was unanimous – this was one of the best GyroTrips ever, where EVERYTHING came together as planned. Thanks for following! ENJOY THE JOURNEY. 

 

 

 


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Getting Ready

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Lajitas rests right on the US-Mexico border, separated by the Rio Grande.

Clouds beginning to clear before takeoff from T74 – Taylor, TX

 

 

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For a while, it looked like weather might keep us from making the GyroTrip to Lajitas. But, everything changed in our favor and the 800+ mile trip turned out to be a fantastic, beautiful experience.

Day 1

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Taylor, Texas to Lajitas, Texas

Miles flown this day: 340

Total miles flown: 340


Enchanted Rock, north of Fredericksburg, TX – see the little specks (people) climbing on top  that look like ants 

LINK TO VIDEO by Mike & Cyndi Baker

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Approach to airport KJCT – Junction, TX

Mike and Cyndi made this in-flight shot of Dayton and RDD in the canyons along the Rio Grande

Mike and Cyndi made this in-flight shot in the canyons along the Rio Grande

LaJitas Resort lobby

 

 

Mike Beavers put on an airshow for us in his red Grumman

Mike Beavers put on an airshow for us in his red Grumman

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Good food and good friends – a good combination.

Day 2

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lajitas, Texas to Taylor, Texas

Miles flown this day: 340

Total miles flown: 680


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This is the terminal and living quarters of airport manager Robert Farrell at Lajitas International Airport.

West Texas Mountain Range

Early morning courtyard – Lajitas

Mike Beavers flying the Canyons in his red Grumman

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Here’s the crew getting ready to dpt Lajitas Intl for the Rio Grande

Castle in The Hill Country – east of Llano, TX

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Mike & Cyndi, posing for the press.

Approach to our hometown airport T74 – Taylor, TX

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One of many scenic views taken from Lajitas Resort.

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Dayton, discussing politics with Lajitas Mayor Clay Henry, the beer-drinkin’ goat

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Kathy Dabbs 29th of December 2016 05:22:41 PM

Looks like a great time had by all! Wonderful pictures!

Looks like a great time had by all! Wonderful pictures!

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Robert Dabbs 24th of December 2016 07:29:41 AM

Mike, that's good news that we won't be charged if we have to cancel reservation due to weather. If we are... read more

Mike, that's good news that we won't be charged if we have to cancel reservation due to weather. If we are unable to go and no rooms are available at Lajitas later in the week. Do you want to consider an alternate destination later in the week - Maybe New Orleans? For now, Lajitas is still on for Tuesday, pending weather.

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Michael Baker 24th of December 2016 07:29:41 AM

Robert, we like your thinking and bottom line, we're flexible and are interested in doing something,... read more

Robert, we like your thinking and bottom line, we're flexible and are interested in doing something, somewhere next week. M&C.

Michael Baker 23rd of December 2016 01:15:57 PM

Robert, With the weather for Tuesday and Wednesday suddenly not looking very good I called the resort to... read more

Robert, With the weather for Tuesday and Wednesday suddenly not looking very good I called the resort to inquire about available for Thursday night, as a contingency. There are no vacancies, but Lisa at reservations said that if we tell her we have to cancel due to weather she'll not charge us for Tuesday's reservation. For now, we'll hope the situation improves over the next few days.

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Michael Baker 23rd of December 2016 01:15:57 PM

Cyndi and I are available all week and through the weekend should rescheduling other dates through the... read more

Cyndi and I are available all week and through the weekend should rescheduling other dates through the 31st be an option, but keeping the planned dates as primary. Mike

Robert Dabbs 20th of December 2016 09:37:53 AM

Mike, let's plan for 9:00 AM dpt from T74 on Tuesday - 12-27-16. Rough estimate arv Lajitas at 4:30 PM.... read more

Mike, let's plan for 9:00 AM dpt from T74 on Tuesday - 12-27-16. Rough estimate arv Lajitas at 4:30 PM. Will that work for you and Cyndi?

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Michael Baker 20th of December 2016 09:37:53 AM

That's fine with us. We'll be ready. Mike

That's fine with us. We'll be ready. Mike

Michael Baker 19th of December 2016 07:50:11 PM

Robert, Excellent, thanks.

Robert, Excellent, thanks.

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Michael Baker 19th of December 2016 08:09:45 AM

Robert, Are you making the hanger and transportation arrangements at Lajitas or are we each making our... read more

Robert, Are you making the hanger and transportation arrangements at Lajitas or are we each making our own? Mike

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Robert Dabbs 19th of December 2016 08:09:45 AM

Mike, I'll take care of hangar and transportation reservations.

Mike, I'll take care of hangar and transportation reservations.