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 22

It was 117 degrees here over Shabbos, but with all three air conditioners running, we made it through.

It was windy this morning, so Ryan and I didn’t break out the PPGs:

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Trish and I went for a ride:

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We poked around this abandoned mine:

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It’s a hardrock mine, so we went in a little ways:

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On the way back, we visited China Ranch:

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We packed up the RV and drove west.  Our next stop was Legacy Park at Mojave Air and Space Port:

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The park houses the Roton Rotary Rocket:

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…as well as a replica of SpaceShipOne:

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We continued west through the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm:

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We next visited Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.  It was closed by the time we arrived, unfortunately:

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We continued on to overnight at Sequoia Field.  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!

Summer 2018, Day 10

We spent the day exploring Motorcycle Island outside of Tulsa.  It’s another hot and humid day in this part of the country:

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We had intermittent rain that served up ample slippery mud:

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M and I drove all the way around the island:

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We all wiped out a few times, but neither riders nor bikes received significant damage.

Towards sunset we went for a swim in the lake.  The water was only 5 feet deep, and it was warm as soup:

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A great dinner rounded off the day:

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Tomorrow we’ll load up the motorcycles and hit the road!