It has been a long 10 days between flights. But the NHL is put to bed for another season, bills are all paid and it was just time to get going again. I left Bishop CA (KBIH) early in the morning and the wind was gusty in the Owens Valley. Because of a late start I only made Death Valley National Park and landed smoothly at LO9, Stove Pipe Wells CA. This flight required climbing from 4120' in Bishop to about 10,000' to clear the valley and then a quick drop to 25' in Death Valley. I should make Vegas next time up, maybe even tomorrow.