Winter 2020 Trip, Day 22: Salton Sea, Day 4

Dawn at Salton Sea:

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Winds have finally died down enough to fly, so I launched flight 124:

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This video contains some of the flying and motorcycling from this trip:

After the morning flight, M and I drove the motorcycles up Tectonic George to the Calcite Mine:

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We then explored Palm Slot, which we last visited in 2014:

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My the time we returned to the RV, it was time to fly again:

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I launched flight 125:

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Winter 2020 Trip, Day 19: Quartzsite and Salton Sea, Day 1

M and I had a nice Shabbos with the T family in Scottsdale.  It was great to catch up!

Last night we drove west, overnighting just east of Quartzsite, Arizona.  This morning was cool and clear:

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We drove in to Quartzite, RV capital of the world.  We’ve visited Quartzsite many times. Every winter something like 100,000 RVs winter here in the BLM’s Long Term Vehicle Area.  This time we just stopped in briefly, but most of the vendors left a week or two ago:

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RVs for sale:

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We continued on to Salton Sea, home of the annual Salton City and Glamis Fly-In, which I last flew in 2016.  Before driving down to the shore, we dumped or sewer tanks and filled the fresh water tank:

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Even though the fly-in doesn’t start until Wednesday, there are already plenty of pilots here, visiting from all over the world:

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Unfortunately, by the time we were unpacked, a storm front was moving in making flying too dangerous.  We drove the motorcycles into nearby Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area:

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See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 32: Alvord Desert, Day 2

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: Alvord Desert, Day 1

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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