Wednesday, January 15, 2014
And it looks like we’re getting almost an entire week of west side weather right now. Light and variable with various degrees of southerly flow. Clouds have been on the low side, and I wonder if that doesn’t have something to do with the fact that the synoptic flow is onshore like we normally have when we fly our windward sites. But the clouds have been sparse enough to allow benching up quite high between and above them.
This week I only have short windows to fly between dropping the kids off at school and picking them back up. But I’m determined to make the most of those windows for my ongoing thermal research. On Monday I came out by myself and flew there alone for the first time ever. That was sort of a milestone! I guess I’m crazy now.
By the time I was landing Jayson and the BC Argonauts were hiking up, but their timing turned out to be unfortunate, as a fat squall came in from the ocean and gave them a soaking. Then after waiting on the hill a while they decided to hike back down, only to get another drenching from an even bigger squall. Nanakuli can be a fickle mistress!
On Tuesday conditions looked even better, and I was lucky to have Steve along for company, for his first time out there. We thermaled up to cloud base over and over, then flew out to the beach, then back for more, before finally landing at our cars. Drew joined Steve for the end of his flight. Both those guys did a great job flying out there for their first times.
I’m hoping these next two days bring more people out to help with the thermal research. I’m sure we could all use the practice! And maybe I’ll have time for an XC, if the clouds are high enough.
Posted by Alex at 9:33 AM