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    Puget Sound flying?

    I'm getting close to pulling the pin and retiring (from work, that is). I'll never completely leave Alaska, but I've been sniffing around for an alternate residence. I've been looking at western Washington, maybe out in the San Juan islands or Bellingham, where I lived when I was a pup.

    I'm researching local knowledge:
    Do they shoot down low-flying Cubs?
    How likely is it that some NIMBY will object if I land in my back yard?
    Is it as scary as the Anchorage airspace?
    What is the bag limit on Bigfeet. (big foots?).
    Will I be able to get fresh muktuk?
    Will I get in trouble if I land on a beach?
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    Living in the Great North West

    Hi Money Burner

    Lets see if I can help you. I have lived here my whole life and might have some impute on this.

    1. Do they shoot down SuperCubs in this area ?
    I do know at least one guy that lost his fishing pole last summer
    to a low flying SuperCub, I think he would like to shoot one down.

    2. Landing in your own back yard ?
    A few guys do that here, getting harder to do because of the amount
    of new houses now. Frontier Air Park is just south East of Arlington
    Airport. A few places there available. I can get you phone numbers.

    3. Scary as Anchorage? Not yet ! How ever I will be flying my 170
    soon and that should change things alot.

    4. Fresh MukTuk available ? No problem, go down to Seattle, to the
    Pike Place Market. They actually throw MukTuk over the heads of
    customers that come to watch the excitement, but be carefull, you
    haven't lived untill you have been hit in the ass with a chunk of MukTuk

    5. Land on Beach? There are areas that you can land on the beach,
    There are also areas restricted, wild life area. So be careful, its not
    like Alaska. We do land on the river bars alot.

    6. Big Foot Limit ? My dog and I have been looking for one for years,
    No Tracks nothing, But to my suprise I did see big foot just out of
    Homer Alaska of all places. I had stopped for gas and was just
    getting out of my car, and opened the door while looking down at the
    ground. What do I see? a pair of red high heels about 14" long, I
    couldn't believe how big they were, In amazement I looked up to see
    a person about 6' 3" in a dress. I swear this is a eye witness account
    and I was within 3' of Him, I mean her. Back in 1960 our town had a
    beauty contest and no one won. But this babe had them all beat, this
    was the uglest Big Foot I ever seen, Good thing I was up wind.

    Well, Money Burner I hoped this helped some. Let me know if I can help you further.


    Bill

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    You're a hoot, Bill!

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    So what is the story on the inland saltwater beaches around Puget Sound. Some very tempting low tide bars down there. I know the Pacific Ocean beaches will get you busted (Copalis excepted), but does that restriction extend to the inland shoreline too? Oh well, still lots of river bars outside the Wilderness areas and National Parks to explore.
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    There used to be an airstrip on the south shore of Lake Whatcom when I was a kid - is that still there or did the developers turn it into zero lot-line townhouses?
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    I think the strip to which you refer is/was part of Floathaven seaplane base. Don't know if it's officially open but a friend of mine said he landed on it recently. the grass strip that is, he told me there used to be a paved strip there once but it's gone.

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    There is a ton of "off airport" places to go with a Cub in the greater Seattle area and lots of great NW pilots to hangout with. Airspace is not a problem. I am non electric and never have any problems getting around/through airspace. Most people around here are small airplane friendly especially if you make it a habit to give Cub rides. And its real hard to beet the scenery of the NW. Could always use another cub driver in the neighborhood. All though you may have to switch from Muktuk to Coffee.

    Jason

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    We have a good group of cubers here in the San Juans. Washington is a liberal state and so we are very regulated. We land on beaches but not if we see anyone. we pick our times very carefully. San Juan Co. says that you can't land anywhere that isn't an airport, however there are a lot of places that are grandfathered in and if you know where they are, you can have a good time. I like it here, but there are more and more people around that want to make sure no one has any fun, but we do anyway.....Ron

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