Summer 2018, Day 32

I went out on a PPG flight this morning.  Flight #123:

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This video has yesterday’s flights as well as today’s flight:

There were plenty of mantises around:

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We secured the motorcycles and PPG and drove north, the Steens Range on our left:

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Onward to Idaho:

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We’re overnighting at the Walmart of Burley, Idaho.  The refrigerator fan is making a good bit of noise, so I pulled it out to replace it:

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We fired up the air conditioners, it’s hot here!

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

Summer 2018, Day 31

We woke up to a clear day on the Alvord Desert:

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Time to do some flying:

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Flight #121:

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This video has both flights from today and tomorrow’s flight:

We unloaded the motorcycles:

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Oreo keeps an eye on things:

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M and I went exploring:

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We checked out Borax Lake:

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It’s getting warm out there, we fired up the generators:

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B agreed to give driving a try.  I sat behind her:

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Sporting our shade tarp:

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B learns fast, she went for a ride with M:

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Time for a night flight:

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Flight #122:

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Visiting the neighbors:

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After the flight, I hooked B into the harness and pushed her into the air:

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We had a great day on the Alvord!

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Summer 2018, Day 26

After a second night at the State campground in Half Moon Bay, it’s time to leave.  While waiting for everyone to get ready, I partially disassembled the motorcycles to tighten up some bolts that had vibrated loose.  I applied threadlock compound to the bolts, then reassembled the bike:

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We said goodbye to the beach:

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We drove over to the day use area and unhitched the RV:

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I drove up to Pacifica to meet Mark for a tandem flight.  Mark flew over to our launch location:

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We hitched up to the wing and ran off this cliff:

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With no engine, we relied on updrafts from on-shore winds deflecting upwards along the cliffs:

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We flew north towards San Francisco:

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We had some company:

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We flew past the Olympic Club, where my grandfather was a member:

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Remnants of the old Route 1:

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Thanks Mark, that was amazing!

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Meanwhile, back at the RV….

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A kitten stopped by to say hello.  I found its sibling under the hood of the truck this morning, keeping warm:

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I drove the truck south a bit and launched my PPG for flight #120:

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Right after I launched, a wall of fog moved in and the temperature dropped dramatically.  Since the air mass below the fog was still warm, it began to rise through the colder upper layer, essentially generating thermals.  It got a bit bumpy, so I landed:

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Views of the beach from the day use area:

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We hitched up at sunset and drove north over the Bay Bridge:

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We continued north to overnight at the Walmart of Willows, California.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 20

Were being hosted at the Tecopa Hot Springs Campground by PPG pilot Ryan.  We went for a flight this morning, but unfortunately my helmet camera was dead.  The scenery was beautiful, and we had a great flight:

After landing, M and I went for a ride:

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We stopped by a local hot spring:

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It’s really hot here just outside of Death Valley.  It was in the 90s at dawn.

We picked up this portable grill in Las Vegas.  I boiled up lunch outside since it was already approaching 115 degrees.  We had all three air conditioners plugged in, hence the group of extension cords in the photo:

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I also put out an extra awning:

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Oh, the humiliation:

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It got up to a hazy 117 degrees today:

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Good Shabbos from Tecopa Hot Springs, California!