Sunday, November 19, 2006

An excellent Flying day

The day begins earlier than I care to start. Being Sunday I'm inclined to stay in bed a bit longer, but needless to say, I rendevous with Greg Billow at our usual meeting place at 7:30am and by 8:30 were setting up on the south side of the Point of the Mountain. No sooner do we get there, we hear the all to familiar and dreaded sound of rescue vehicles approaching launch. It appears that a paraglider was blown over and past launch sustaining serious back injuries.

Cody showed up just a short time after Greg and I began setting up, but somehow he managed to get in the air before we did. Because my camera batteries died early in the day, Cody was the hangglider pilot I captured on camera. We used an old t-shirt for a target and had fun practicing spot landings.

All in all, it was a great day. There were at least nine hang glider pilots out, even Steve Rathbun showed up. Steve set up his Talon and was able to do some ground handling in the wind. A great effort. Great to see Steve back.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Its Been A While

It has been a while since my first blog. A lot of flying with a little climbing mixed in, and quite a bit of work. Recently Julie, my wife and I, visited Southern Utah. We had a great time hiking, and had a good stay at the local B&B in Escalante. Not to mention some of the best Mexican food I've had in a long time. Georgies is a little house converted to a restaurant, right on main street in Escalante. On the way back home we took a short detour and visited Bryce Canyon. It was pretty cold as the evening before a cold front moved through the area dropping a considerable amount of snow.

An interesting Raven begging for handouts was hanging out at one of the turnouts at Bryce. As I began tearing of a corner of a Power Bar for the raven, Julie was quick to inform me I was only going to further the birds dependency on human food and cause him to be more of a nuisence. Bad me, I fed him anyway.