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The view: Looking east across the Alvord Desert and a solitary Maule campsite.

The pilot: Gary Lanthrum

The airplane: Maule MX7-180C

The mission: Airplane camping on the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon

The memory: I flew to the remote Alvord Desert to camp under the stars in a dark sky. It was dark, but storm clouds blocked the stars each night. The days were filled with the subtle beauty of desert mirages and absolute silence. A real dose of solitude.

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