The wind started blowing over the Sierras just right today and we got the wave were were hoping for. I had an early flight in the Pegasus, which I hadn't flown in about a year. I managed to eventually thermal up to 10,500 feet after I spotted a pair of dust devils merging.

I hit the bottom of the secondary wave a few times but never got up in it. So I tried pushing into the primary but ended up in the rotor.


I then flew in the club Grob with Ralf in the front seat. We took a wave tow and released in 10knot lift that took us all the way to 18,000 feet. Here's a shot of the alitmeter reading just below 18,000:

Wave Flying Just Below 18,000 Feet

And here's one of many pictures I took of Lake Tahoe from above 17,000 feet.

South Lake Tahoe from 17,000 Feet

We flew down south to Alpine and then north to Reno and I-80. Of course, we screwed around in a few other places too.

The scenery was simply beautiful. I've uploaded the photos from the first three days (smaller versions):

And yes, it was cold up there. But luckily the sun was shining. :-)

I'll put the full sized images on Flickr when the trip is over.

Posted by jzawodn at April 11, 2005 10:56 PM

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