Matt asks and answers the "what did you do this weekend" question.
I'll answer that for the three of you who care since I can't muster the energy to do the other 50 things I ought to do before going to bed.
Drove to Reid-Hillview airport after work to drop off the 120 day registration extension that the FAA sent us for the plane. As you can see, the registration was messed up because I can't follow directions.
Drove to Fernley and spent the night at the Fernley Super 8 Motel, which is quite a bit cheaper than the Best Western and probably nearly as decent. Got there late and didn't get to bed until 1am, so...
Slept late, got up at 7:30, showered, ate, checked out and drove into "town" for the home inspection. The many pictures will be uploaded when I'm back at work and have upload speeds that don't suck.
The inspection went well and I headed to Truckee at roughly 11am for my afternoon flying slot in the DG-1000 and the annual Truckee Bash (a big BBQ for glider pilots).
I had my Digital Rebel with me and time to kill, so I took a ton of pictures of gliders staging and launching. Again, those will be uploaded later since there are many.
At 3:00 I flew with Ed for a bit over two hours. The conditions were surprisingly good for a late launch on what looked to be an unremarkable day. We landed at 5:30, tied down and covered the glider, and then joined the congregation of folks waiting for the BBQ to begin.
Ate good food, chatted with folks, and hit the road back to San Jose at about 8:00pm and arrived at home a bit after midnight.
Slept in again, did some shopping (I was fresh out of apples, peaches, and bananas), and drove down to Hollister. Met Terry, chatted about our plan for the day's flight, and ate lunch.
We got the Grob ready and launched about 1:40pm for Panoche. Flew for a bit over 2 hours, landing back at Hollister with enough time to chat for a bit and still get home in time for dinner.
Turned on the air conditioner for the second day this year. Grilled dinner. The grill then caught somewhat on fire in my attempt to "burn off some of the juice" that was left. Heh.
Lots of driving, flying, pictures, good people, and good food. It must still be summer.
How was your weekend?
Posted by jzawodn at July 16, 2006 10:13 PM
Awesome picture. I'm surprised it was so clear up there this time of year.
I actually traveled more than you this weekend: http://regex.info/blog/2006-07-17/212
Please explain to the not so regular followers of this blog: why Fernley NV?
Just reading about all that driving makes me feel tired. My philosophy with regards to gliding trips is that the ratio of flight time to drive time should be greater than one.
Jeffrey: yeah, I read that story. Wow. Hopefully the jetlag wears off soon.
Hack: why Fernley? That's where my sister and brother in law are moving soon. And, yeah, when I got on my scheduled flying trips (as opposed to just flying on may way thru town), I try to get *at least* a 1:1 ratio.
After I complete my pilot's license I may try out a glider. However, I don't think I'll get the same experiance in North Carolina that you get in CA.
No, but there is some very good soaring in NC too.