Monday, June 30, 2008
was forced to launch fairly quickly. Both he and Luis launching behind
him took a few stones with them and gave us all quite a scare.
Here's Shapiro showing us all how easily it can be done.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
There were two blown launches yesterday. One Dutch pilot who
dislocated his shoulder, broke a rib and blew out his knee. Havent
heard the status of the other, but I'm assuming he's alright. Its kind
of nice to be back at the Chabre today.
Here is the task committee figuring out what we'll do today.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Talk among some is that Robin Hamilton may have won the day...that would be cool!!
but took the first clock. Attila and Alex took the second clock and
were in pretty quickly so its hard to say who might have won. As I'm
writing, they have stopped the task presumably because of the
overdevelopement here at goal.
Another lovely swim in the river on the way down to the thrift store in town. Nic and the Jeffs really wanted to check that out. Some very entertaining finds ;-)
We thought we ought to take advantage of our great villa, so we had a little get-together with the French boys, the headed to the party/bonfire in town. Great rest day!!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
After an incredibly long day of retrieving pilots from deep within the canyons, we got back to Laragne in time for all of the restaurants and supermarkets to be closed....so much for dinner :-/
winds. Its a bit of a drive- about 30 kilometers or so outside of
Laragne. Its well worth the drive though...heaps of set up space and a
beautiful grassy takeoff. Weather looks perfect and the cues are
starting to pop nicely now at 11:30.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'll fly tomorrow and check the place out a bit. The weather seems perfect at the moment and our house near the road to launch is ideal....pool, lovely terrace and hot Scandinavians! Got a nice chat with Attila after dinner - always good to see him. All of my favorite Brits are here as well, along with Scott and Monica from Newcastle!
Planning to catch the prize giving and after party for the Euros, we made the drive to Greifenburg straight away. I guess many people had to leave for the pre-worlds, so they moved the prize giving up from 8pm to noon, so we missed everything. At 5pm when we arrived, Greifenburg looked abandoned. But we were probably too tired for a party anyway and a good night's sleep gave us the boost we needed to fly the next day. We had been wishy-washy about flying versus hitting the road for Laragne. We were sooooo happy to have opted for a flight. Conditions were heavenly and we all landed in Betina's field with perma-grins ;-)
Just enough time for a quick swim at the landing field pond and some showing off at the diving board before we hit the road again. We arrived in Laragne at about 6 this morning, having taken turns driving through the night. Everyone is beat, but excited about flying today!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Timothy and I had a very memorable last day in Nova Scotia. He's back on the boat now, sailing the last leg of his round the world journey and I'm back at home packing my things and getting ready for my summer travels. But, we had an incredible time in Nova Scotia. Last day was cold and incredibly windy. We had arranged for a sea kayaking tour of the cold waters of Cape Bretton, but woke up to wind gusting up to 70kmp! Ouch! Ended up chatting up our kayaking guide and learning that he was playing a gig that night at a historic lodge in one of the next towns over. In his little kayaking shop, he played for us the CD of the fellow he would be playing with. We just couldn't resist making the hour and half drive up the cape. Turned out to be a fantastic gamble....the music was exactly the kind I love- melodic with beautiful vocals and harmonies that sounded so much like Dan Fogelberg with a bit of a Scottish accent. The band (Angelo, Cyril and Harold) treated us like we were long lost family members - they sat at our table and chatted between sets, made special dedications to us and even invited us up to stay in their log cabin and ski this winter. I have a feeling there will be a ski trip in my plans for the winter ;-)