In '06, Gene and Cody Hargett annouced that they were retiring from the caretaking job at Johnson Creek. Imagine our surprise to see Gene riding by on his four wheeler just after landing. As it turns out, the replacement caretaker had suffered an injury, and Gene volunteered to do the job for one more summer. It was really a treat to see him back!
In '07, I didn't visit Johnson Creek for the first time since the mid 90s. Fires broke out all around the area beginning in early July and flight into the area was banned. Even the local town of Yellow Pine was evacuated. We were relieved to find that the airport and the town survived the ordeal. There are large burned areas as close as 1/4 mile from the runway and much of the canyon to the south was blackened, but the strip and the land surrounding it came out fine.
John Galban's Flying Site
Johnson Creek '08
The Arizona contingent parked on the north side of the strip. We originally taxied over to our usual spot on the south end, but were warned that
the Quiet Birdmen were having their annual get together. From previous experience, we knew that there was nothing "quiet" about these guys :-)
Half mile final to the south runway.
Brad and Mark liftoff from the Johnson Creek strip on their way back home. I had a long vacation and elected to stay a few more days.
Cooling off in the creek with my folding chair perched on some rocks. A favorite pastime on hot days.
Just like old times. The view from the back of the four wheeler as Gene and I set up the sprinklers on the runway, for proabaly the last time.