The snow is finally melting; rivers/creeks are full of water and out of their banks in most places. Our normally dry Missouri Breaks landscape looks like a scene from the end of the last glacial period. It is going to be a green and great spring….time to start thinking of warm weather and flying cubs.
Last year Dave Kirsten called and we tied the Breaks Flyin and the Johnson Creek flyins together into a week of back-country exploration and visiting old friends called “Bushwheel Awareness Week ~ Missouri Breaks…to Johnson Creek”.
The Breaks end of Bushwheel Awareness Week will run 10 – 13 June: (JC starts on the 16th June)
For those who haven’t been here before: This is an informal flyin. We will help guide you into one of the “last great places” of N. America…virtually the last place along the Missouri that is as Lewis and Clark found it. There is a great deal of wildlife here; record class elk, mule deer, and big-horn sheep are taken each year by hunters and can be found from the air. We headquarter out of Winifred (9S7) which has a 4000’ sod strip, 100LL, a restaurant, small hotel, grocery store, and one paved street. Folks here are august and friendly and enjoy the flyin every year. We don’t have big raffle items, or a highly organized program…our job is to facilitate your enjoyment of a great wild place to fly and offer help in keeping you comfortable.
New for this year: The 6 breaks strips now have FAA identifiers; if your Garmin is updated, they should appear on screen and charts by this summer.
Arrival all afternoon … We will camp Cow Creek … meals on your own… or you can camp at the Winifred Hangar and gorge on one of the local two-handed hamburgers.
Morning: Breakfast at Lewistown (LWT), is ca. 25 miles S of Winifred and looks a bit like a town in a valley in the Alps. We fly between the Moccasin and Judith Mountains on approach. This is a combination flyin, pancake feed, and antique aircraft show.
Mid-day: Flying the Missouri Breaks and landing the backcountry strips on your own.
Evening: Cow Creek Bar-B-Que. We will be camping at Cow Creek (CW0). “TheCubWorks.com” is providing Bar-B-Que, salad, bread, fruit salad. All you need is an appetite and something to drink… Cow Creek is a dry camp. It is on a beautiful butte overlooking some of the wildest of lands in the Breaks.
Morning: Breakfast on your own: Flyouts to Breaks strips; overflights of C M Russell Wildlife Refuge, Ft. Peck Reservoir, Missouri River, other local sights… on your own.
Mid-day: Move camp to the Winifred Hangar.
Evening: Hangar-burgers and fixins by the plate…and adult malted beverages for those who are through flying for the day.
13 June: ~Departure for Johnson Creek or home via various backcountry strips and fishing-holes in Montana and Idaho~.
Feel free to call. I look forward to seeing you all again. Ralph 406 462 5487