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On 9/11 the 99s went flying. Two C150s, one C140, two C172s, and one C210 carried nine of them to Enterprise, Oregon, a 300 mile flight. They landed at Enterprise around noon, checked into the 1910 Enterprise B & B, stopped at a downtown deli for lunch, and headed for the fairgrounds. It was Hells Canyon Mule Days. Could a group of women pilots fit in? Mule races, calf roping, and “wild ass” relays! They were so impressed with the poly float line used on mules, they bought some for tiedowns. After a BBQ dinner at the local brewery, the 99s went to hear Western poetry, fiddling, yodeling, and, oh, what storytelling! The mule must possess a personality all his own. Later that night, the women got to meet MC of the gathering, Stan Kvistad, who happened to be sharing the B & B with them. The rest of the weekend was spent watching the Mule Parade, touring Valley Foundry, and visiting the studio of native flute maker, Roger McGee. The 99s also did quite a bit of hiking around town, and one of the adventurous women, Linda Raney, even went for a swim in the icy lake. It’s easy to see how the Hells Canyon/Wallowa Mountain residents fall in love with that spectacular part of the world.