Day 912: Full Swing Fly-in

This afternoon after homeschool, I went for another bike ride up to the town of Salton Sea Shores.  More of the urban waste from the flooding of the 1970s:

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I went out for an afternoon flight, launching flight #81:

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Trish photographed the other pilots.  We had a number of PPCs out today:

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This guy had both of his kids up with him:

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Curtis does some foot dragging:

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A couple pilots were doing some pretty serious acrobatics:

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This pilot had not flown for twelve years, but managed to successfully take off and land:

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John flies by:

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A tandem foot-launch PPG:

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As sunset approached, the sky really filled up:

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Good Shabbos from the Salton Sea:

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Day 905: Borrego Springs, Day 3

This morning we tested the GoPro mount for M’s quadcopter that we 3D printed at the library yesterday.  It seems to work pretty well:

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I went out for a bike ride, passing by our campsite from 2014 and 2015 along the way.  Here’s what it looked like in 2015:

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…And today.  We had the kids scatter the rocks before we left last time:

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This ride is called “Around the Block”, which I last rode with John on Day 191.  The ride climbs over three passes, the toughest being Montezuma Grade, a 3500-foot vertical climb over 11 miles which crosses the mountain range in the distance:

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After summiting Montezuma Grade, I refilled my water bottles in Ranchita and descended some before climbing up over Teofulio Summit:

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After a long descent, the final climb is a comparatively short but steep 300 feet of vertical to Yaqui Pass:

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Looking down from Yaqui Pass towards Borrego Springs:

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I arrived home exhausted.

Good Shabbos from Borrego Springs!

Day 888: Salton Sea, Day 2

This morning I went out to the beach to get a flight in:

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The wind was light and kept shifting, so I had to move the wing a couple times:

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After a number of failed launches, the wind became constant and I took off on flight #63.  Nice views were had upstairs:

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In the afternoon after homeschool, I went for a short bike ride.  Like much of Salton City, streets and infrastructure have been laid down but there are no houses:

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Trish and the kids walked out to the beach where evidence of algal blooms and massive fish die-offs is present in vast numbers:

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M asked B to photograph him riding through the mud:

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“Look, I fell down!”:

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I went out for an afternoon flight, #64:

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There was another pilot in the air with me:

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This video contains flights from yesterday, today, and tomorrow: