Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here are Zippy, Derreck and Dave coming in.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Turns out the task was undercalled. About 80% made goal with Kraig coming in first and solidifying his lead. Overall now we have Kraig, Robin and Derreck....Moyes 1, 2, 3 still ;-)
We closed down the bar again last night. I think the staff here will be happy when we're gone.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Dustin, Phil and Russell and Lori took the sailplanes out, but with the wind, conditions weren't fantastic. They didn't get above about 6500 feet.
Kraig brought his dirtback with him from LA. What a perfect place this desert is for that kind of fun. Unfortunately, some of us are better than others at this particular sport ;-)
We finished it all off with a great party at the bar. Lucas was buying all the rounds with his recent winnings. He nearly went away with all the poker money as well.
Sitting at breakfast now watching the palm trees lay over and the white caps on the pool. Oops...might have to give the dirtbiking another whirl.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Love the facilities here. There was a group of Parrot Heads here for the weekend, but now that they're gone, we have the run of the place. Here is our briefing room/margarita bar/scoring room/headquarters, etc.
Monday, September 21, 2009
year. It's a good course that takes them across some nice mountains in
addition to the desert flatlands.
Difficult time at launch today. Quite a lot a relights which is very
very taxing on everyone in the 106 degree heat. Looks like the temps
should be dropping below 100 for te next several days though.
In on my way to goal now and while it's blue here, further on course
there are nice cu's. David just called from his retrieve car and
thinks they might be really zooming and could even be at goal by now,
just over two hours after the first start. We'll see.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Kraig had a lovely landing right on the driving range.
They're out on the 112km course now in light wind and nice strong lift. They were calling 700fpm climbs right over the resort.
Things look really different this year. In addition to our beautiful paved runway, the city has purchased much of the land on the south side of the resort and built a giant sports complex with football fields and baseball diamonds.
Meanwhile, our little oasis remains ;-)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
never mind the rain
never mind the road leading home again
Sometimes it's really hard to be home again. I've spent the last few weeks learning that they weren't lying- they do have a summer in the UK- and I got to enjoy all ten days of it this time ;-) It is sooooo gorgeous when the sun is shining and the flying is good.
My introduction to UK flying was at Llangollen (not pronounced at all the way it looks - those crazy Welsh). It's a small hill in North Wales where when conditions are good, you can go over the back on nice XC flights into the rolling hills. Day one Me, Myles and Shedsy headed south over the back for a 130 km goal a the Severn River. I only made about 60 kms before landing at the base of the Long Mynd (another flying site) but Shedsy made it and Myles was very close. Great day!!
We had a few more days of flying at Llangollen and hanging with my favorite second family. A little crickett, a little paella and heaps of mellow, relaxing flying. On the last day there, we all landed (including Carlos, who is finally back in the air again!) in the Kynaston's back garden.
On Sunday we went out to a coastal site south of Liverpool. It reminded me so much of the California coast and the many flying sites with landings on the beach. We were late in the day, so the lift was ultra light and smooth. Such a relaxing day.
It was painful to leave yesterday and a bit strange waking up back in Florida this morning where I don't have to bundle up to go outside, have no tea for breakfast and can wear my flippy floppys again. I suppose I'll get used to it.