Day 544: Salton Sea PPG, Day 1

This morning I photographed our campground sign.  Like most things in Salton City, it has seen better days.  The campground, owned by the Imperial County Irrigation District, used to charge $8 a night to camp here, but they’ve since turned off the water and walked away, so it’s free now:

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With the massive Salton Sea inhibiting the formation of thermals, I’m able to fly here all day long so long as I stay within a few hundred yards of the shore.  I set up my PPG and drove it the 50 yards or so out to the beach:

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While I flew, the kids rode their bikes on the beach:

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We also fixed M’s motorcycle (again), so he put in some time on driving that:

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While getting ready to do a sunset flight, a couple other PPG pilot flew by.  The RV park a quarter mile from our camping area is hosting a PPG fly-in starting Thursday, but there are already a number of pilots here:

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The air is thick here at 200 feet below sea level, so take offs and landing are easier, and the laminar on-shore breeze from the lake makes for smooth flying, especially in the morning and late afternoon:

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I’m in the lead:

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Sunset:

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As we pack up, more PPGs fly over:

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M’s motorcycle needs a fuel-up:

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For Tu B’Shvat, Trish and the kids made paper mosaics representing various agricultural themes:

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B had music class today.  Having a bedroom wall made of whiteboard comes in handy:

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Day 543: Relocating to the Salton Sea
Day 545: Salton Sea PPG, Day 2

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