Day 942: Flying to Kettletop

Shabbos here at Elephant Butte Lake State Park was pleasant.  This morning, I got up early to get in a flight before the forecasted winds blow in later today:

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Launch of flight #98:

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I decided to fly out to Rattlesnake Island, seen here in the upper right corner of the photo:

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I circled and climbed to gain enough altitude to safely glide back to the mainland in case an engine failure occurred while making the crossing to the island:

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This should be high enough:

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Across we go:

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And back to the mainland:

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I flew the shoreline north:

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I flew along the Long Point peninsula:

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Across from the tip of Long Point is Kettletop.  I decided to fly over Kettletop, so again I circled to gain altitude for a safe crossing:

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Heading across:

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Kettletop on the left:

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Over Kettletop:

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Heading back:

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On my way back, I passed Carl, then Kirk and Ron flying together:

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Back home:

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When I came home, this was waiting for me.  M had stepped on this 3/4” long thorn while wading:

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M found this quartz crystal while digging around in the sand:

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This afternoon, the winds came up as expected.  M left his Crocs outside, and one of them was blown into the lake.  We watched it floating away:

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Day 940: Beach Fun at Elephant Butte Lake SP
Day 943: Flight South to Elephant Butte Lake Dam

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