Sunday, July 21, 2013
Well, he knows I am an easy target, so I blew off putting together a desk to go get some air time. On the way I even cajoled, Ike, to go. We were driving just past Hygenics and it started to rain, hard rain too. No one would fly in this, except for maybe Dave & Jorge, but as we rounded 7-11 we could see One-Eye in the air. Alex did not lift off till just before Ike, Stalker and I started to hike up, his wing got Velcroed to the hillside.
Flystrong was launching and off he went. I was quick to prep and took the next slot with Ike and Stalker quickly following. East launch had some weird air as Alex and Flystrong had already reported. I was getting up but it was punchy but manageable. Woody was hiking up North with a student and Chris. Ah, I thought, that's why its weird its gone North. I zipped over to North leaving the meager lift of East to Ike and Stalker. It wasn't North, I scratched till I could not scratch any more. A quick look at a top land, nope to low, I hit the beach and so did several others shortly there after.
Alex had made a left to Pounders. Joey sledded a tandem, packed up and headed to Makapuu. I think a few others followed as it got lighter at Kahana. The skies were empty, but finally, a little later on Skyler and Kevin made it all look good. Stalker and I hiked again.
Getting up was a little easier but still a scratch session. I surfed near the clouds with Skyler and occasionally we entered the white room. I made an attempt to cross the bay, made it to Hidden Valley and got nothing. It took a while to scratch up again and I was at the point of beer suck, I almost headed in when I slipped over the North side of the Rhino. Crap that's lift, good lift. I turned to see if Gaza was getting this same floaty punch, yup he was just above me.
Back to the top and another attempt at a cross. Made it and it was buoyant. I called out to all to join me. No one came so I headed across to Kualoa. The clouds were pleasantly sipping me higher and higher, when Ike came on my phone to say he was below me and would pick me up where ever I went.
I pointed to Maui Doug's Kite Spot and sped across China Man's Hat Bay. I was arriving with plenty and was gearing up for landing when Ike said keep going. So, I did. I thought the little berm just south of MDKS would give me that final shot to make to Hygenics Field. Wrong, I ended up in what I thought was a nice green pasture, but found it to be very tall California grass.
It was fun to land somewhere different and a little further down the road. But the place I landed might be a no no as the sign says.
Lets do it again.
It's Time to Fly Get Your Gear and Go!!!!
Posted by Thom at 12:33 AM