Summer 2017, Day 15: Fantasy Canyon and Shaare Shamayim

Flying conditions were decent this morning:

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I walked across the road to fly.  After moving the wing a few times to line up with shifting winds, I launched flight #117:

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There’s the RV below:

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Overflying the badlands:

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Since I launched late in the morning, it was bumpy aloft, so I decided to cut the flight short and land.  Lining up for landing:

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Another great breakfast:

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We drove southwest, passing wild horses along the way:

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We arrived at our first stop, Fantasy Canyon.  We explored the interesting formations:

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Walking down the canyon:

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We left Fantasy Canyon, driving east into Colorado.  We stopped in Grand Junction to do the laundry, then continued on to overnight at Shaare Shamaim, a recently founded rural Jewish community:

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See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Art Imitates Life

Remember January 9th, 2015?  Sure you do, that was Day 520, when we were camped out with our RV and PPG at the fabulous Trona Pinnacles:

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I didn’t get to fly that weekend because of rain, but thankfully Dodge has put together a dramatization of what it would have been like:

An old friend recently e-mailed “the way you’ve turned your lives into art — in the best sense– is truly remarkable.”  I’m not sure that this is what he had in mind.

Flying Long Island

I drove out to Long Island to go flying with some local plots:

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Flight #116:

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Flying from Jones Beach Island to Fire Island:

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Flying back across:

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Coming in for a landing:

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Touchdown:

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I would have flown for much longer but there was a good bit of turbulence, probably due to wind shear.  Local pilots tell me it dies down towards sunset.  If I ever decide to drive all the way out there again, I’ll come later in the day.

PPG Mount for Car

Since the truck had to be registered as a commercial vehicle in New York, I can’t drive it on certain roads.  I built a PPG mount for the car so that I can take the PPG anywhere:

I’ll be replacing the flimsy aluminum angle iron with steel:

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