Assateague Sukkos Day 8: Still More Flying and Beach Fun, and Biking

This morning the weather was grim.  The forecast showed mist and fog, then high winds gusting to 40MPH moving in around midnight:

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Another yummy RV breakfast, featuring FakeBakon™:

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We laid out the shells and shell fragments we collected this week:

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The kids played in the surf again.  Note the fog reducing visibility to a few hundred feet:

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I went for a bike ride.  The fog dissipated as it moved inland beyond the beach, so the bay side of the island was clear.  I watched the horses out in the marsh:

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After riding a bit on the mainland, I came back to find this fellow right near the road:

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Another horse along the island road:

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By the time I returned to the RV, the fog had cleared, so I went for flight #114:

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Trish photographed me from the RV as I came in to land:

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This video shows all four flights on this trip:

Good Shabbos from Assateague Island!

Assateague Sukkos Day 7: More Flying and Beach Fun

This morning we awoke to horses poking around the RV.  Note how empty the campground is:

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This is why you should never stop with open windows next to a feral horse:

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B took over the photography:

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M and I drove over Ocean City, Maryland to attend Chol Hamoed services:

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I love RV breakfasts!

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Last night, we met the T family when they arrived in the campground.  They were excited to see our sukkah.  I went over to say hello and check our their sukkah.  We chatted for some time, and it turns out Mrs. T is related to the Rabbi of the congregation in Santa Fe with which we spent Purim on Day 959.  Small world!

This morning, the T family stopped by on their way home to check out the RV and we swapped more stories about frum RVing:

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The weather was still good, so I decided to fly:

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Another reverse launch:

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Launch of flight #113:

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This video contains all the flights on this trip:

More frolicking in the surf:

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The kids dug sizeable holes:

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Trish got in on the action too:

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The wind was good, so Trish put the kiting harness on and I provided the forward motion necessary for her to take flight:

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Here’s a great video of Tricia’s first flight at the Salton Sea on Day 901:

M’s turn:

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Towards sunset, Trish and I walked the beach:

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This Horseshoe crab had quite a few hitchhikers on his shell:

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Another beautiful day on Assateague Island!

Assateague Sukkos Day 6: Flying and Beach Fun

The first two days of Sukkos (Monday and Tuesday) with congregation Ahavat Shalom in Ocean City, Maryland were great.  It was the first time we’ve spent a holiday with a Sefardi congregation.  Since everyone there except us were Israeli expats, the Rabbi delivered his sermon in Hebrew.  On the second day I walked down to the beach and walked the boardwalk for a bit. 

RV breakfasts are always fantastic:

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The passenger side of the RV seemed to be sagging, and a peek underneath revealed that the rear passenger leaf spring had broken.  This is the same spring position that broke and had to be replaced on Day 366.  Back when that spring broke, I replaced the springs on both sides so the axle would be square to the trailer and therefore the tires would not wear poorly.  As I result, I had with us the unbroken leaf spring pulled off the driver’s side of the rear axle those few years ago.  I crawled under the RV and got to work:

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Installing the new leaf spring:

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While I was working, this Wheel bug wandered by:

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The broken leaf spring:

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The congregation used to be headed up by a Chabad rabbi, which explains why the synagogue was built to resemble 770:

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After Shacharis and fixing the leaf spring, we relocated back to Assateague Island.  We had camping reservations at Assateague Island National Seashore, but we would have had to change sites in the middle of our stay, so we decided to try for the first time camping at Assateague State Park, which was much less crowded.  For a couple more dollars, we have use of bathhouses with toilets and nice showers, as opposed to just pit toilets in the NPS campground.

We set up our sukkah again:

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We managed to squeeze everything onto our site:

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Next we hit the beach:

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We collected some shells:

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Dead Horseshoe crabs:

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I received permission from the state park to launch my PPG from the beach:

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Launch of flight #112.  I’m doing a reverse launch due to strong wind:

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Nice views upstairs:

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Coming down to land:

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This video contains my four flights on this trip:

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I kited the wing to make sure it was clean before putting it away:

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After dinner in the sukkah we had a campfire.  It’s warm here with 100% humidity, so the wood is damp and doesn’t burn very well:

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Assateague Sukkos 2016, Day 3: Flying and Wild Horses

Shabbos on Assateague Island National Seashore was pleasant.  The weather was great and we went for a number of walks in the area.

This morning was sunny and warm.  The ocean is on the other side of the protective dune:

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I drove over to the local airport to fly my PPG over Assateague:

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Launch of flight #111:

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Assateague Island lies beyond the bay at the end of the runway:

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Flying south, I overflew the undeveloped northern section of Assateague:

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Flying north, the city of Ocean City, Maryland is visible on the southern end of Fenwick Island, across the channel from the northern tip of Assateague Island:

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Approaching the airport:

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This video contains my four flights during this trip:

I raced back to the RV to exit our campsite by the 11AM checkout.  We relocated to the day use area for the rest of the day.  The kids went off to the beach, and Trish and I stayed back at the RV.  I was in touch with Cherie and Chris, two fulltime RVers whose adventures I have been following on their blog Technomadia since a year or so before the trip.  They happened to be staying at the state campground on Assateague, and they rode their bikes over to say hello.  It was great to meet them in person, and our conversation quickly turned to topics at the confluence of technology and mobile living.

At lunchtime, a group of Assateague’s feral horses wandered through the parking lot:

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After lunch, we relocated to Ahavat Shalom, the synagogue where we will be spending the first two days of Sukkos.  We set up our sukkah:

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Our lovely parking lot campsite:

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Happy Sukkos from Ocean City, Maryland!

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Sandy Hook and Sea Bright

Today we decided to spend some time in New Jersey.  Our first stop was to visit a relative in Tom’s River.  It was fun to catch up on what’s been going on with all the X cousins Y removed.  We stopped for lunch at the Dougie’s in Deal:

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When we visit a Dougie’s (there are half a dozen or so throughout the NYC metro area), the kids love drawing on the paper tablecloth.  Zayde designed a time machine or warp drive or something:

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Next we visited the Sandy Hook unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area.  At the northern end of the hook is the Sandy Hook Light.  Built in 1764, it’s the oldest operating lighthouse in the US:

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We toured the small exhibit space in the visitor center adjacent to the lighthouse, though I’m not sure how much the kids got out of it:

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Sandy hook was the home of Fort Hancock, and ruins of coastal fortifications still litter the area:

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We walked out to the observation platform on the northern end of the hook:

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Looking north, we could see Lower Manhattan across the bay:

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The kids received their Junior Ranger badges:

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Our next stop was the beach at Sea Bright.  I prepared to launch my PPG:

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M is practicing his sunbathing.  I don’t have the “lay around” gene, so I don’t know where he got it:

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Launch of flight #109:

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I landed to talk to another local PPG pilot farther up the beach:

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I launched my second flight:

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Flying by the family pavilion:

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I practiced my foot drags:

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I landed with the power on and just stood there, the wind holding up the wing:

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It was a long but great day!