Thursday, February 28, 2008

Views of Owens Valley

On the way home from Denver, the flight to Oakland took a route over some familiar terrain. The Escallante Staircase, the north end of Owens Valley, Yosemite and Mono Lake. This is looking SW from Colombus at the East side of the White Mountains. Bishop is in the center of the shot and Boundary peak and Montgomery pass middle right. Miller mountain in the foreground.
Its interesting looking down on a familiar desert from 38,000 feet.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Brekenridge, Co.

This passed weekend I caught up with some friends from college days. Roy and Helen are half way through a 2 month contract teaching snow sports at Breckenridge. The snow was great. Roy and I learned to ride board about 10 years ago together. Excellent messing about on those things.
Monday was a pretty day and I seized the first opportunity to get to the top. I am glad I did, the next couple of days were snowy and not nearly so photogenic.Midge, Roy and Me. ( I swear I was not touching him).
Looking south from 12,665' MSL. Tenmile range peak 8.
Daimo, Jules, me, Helen and Roy after a jolly good nosh. This weekend made me realize I have forgotten a few of english words like corgette (although thats french anyway). Needless to say they didn't let me get away with it.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Great Tandem Day

Just before Christmas, some cold air came marching in from the west and Mission was on. I had arranged three tandems that day and was hoping for the best. The best happened ! It was great air. Its the first time I've gotten my Tandem wing above the peak.

Speaking of Christmas I finally got the much anticipated gift from Amazon yesterday. It spent 73 days somewhere...

Also I was elected president of the local flying club yesterday, there are just a few of us so I am hoping it won't consume to much time. Thanks to Mark and Rodger who on and off have acted president for the past 10 years I think.

Thats two hang gliding meetings in two days. It will soon be time to get the Wings of Rogallo Cross country league going for 2008.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Run run run

On Feb 2, Dallas cam to town and we were due to do some aero practise, alas the weather did not co-operate that weekend. A few tows were had in the morning and Alex from Reno had some nice moves, then the wind picked up. While we watched the clouds form to the west we grabbed a rope and tried some manual towing. It was really fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LRNIKxiMVM

That was out at New Jeruselem. The wind was between 12-25mph

26'F at 3600'msl

A chilly day at Mission Jan 20th. Flew a little over 2hrs. Cloudbase was low ~3k but you fly up the edges, glory in tow. Flew with Charlie, Gerry and Beav. This is Charlie coming in for a landing.

Elkhorn Slough paddle

I am catching up in a fairly random order here, this is back on Jan 13th. Nice weather for a paddle and the tides were right for putting in at Moss Landing. The trick is to paddle in with the tide, have a leisurely lunch while the tide turns, then float back out. The wildlife was quiet between migrations. There are plenty of otters and seals though.

Easy Photography

I've heard the art to good photography is to make something uninteresting appear astounding.
I will work on that, but for now I will just take picture when the light and shapes capture my imagination.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Year's resolution ?

I have been thinking of starting Blog for a while just to share pictures if nothing else. Mostly they will be hang gliding, kayaking and cycling.

So here goes my first post.

Sunday I flew locally and snapped a few shots. Cloudbase was about 1000 MSL and you could fly up the sides about 400'. Fun day, Steve, Mark and Bob were also out.


Well that was pretty easy, I'll try to update once a week or so.

Cheers !