That has to have been the biggest and most successful fly-in we’ve ever had. Not to mention the most relaxed: a minimum of organization and infrastructure, and no planned activities. Just an extended weekend of hanging out and flying with tons of our favorite people. We counted over twenty tents and around fifty pilots, including thirteen visitors, plus around forty friends and spouses and kids and dogs. That’s almost a hundred warm bodies! Over forty pilots flew for many hours over each of three breezy and beautiful days, under wings of all sizes, buzzing below launch and skying out over three grand between the clouds, as we celebrated our memory of Bob and our good fortune to live this paragliding life.
This was our sixth year remembering our awesome friend and fellow pilot Bob. The previous five events were pretty great too:
1. Happy Birthday, Bob!
2. Thanks, Bob!
3. Thanks Again, Bob!
4. More Like Bob
5. Celebrating Bob
Thanks to Ray and Ginny for keeping up the tradition and organizing this event. Thanks to Five-0 Mike and Ces for their big tent and their fire pit. Thanks to Ray and family for the other active kitchen tent, and the volleyball and horseshoes. Thanks to Drew for whacking the bushes and trees around the trail. Thanks to Pete for sharing his 15m Zero with me (and with Scrappy and Drew), and to Scrappy for sharing his F-Grav 2. There was a lot of wing swapping going on! Thanks to Garrett for sharing his Djembe and guitar with all of us! Thanks to Ray for the cigar, and to Gaza for whatever that was. Thanks to Miami Eddie for several more racks of thankful beverages! Thanks to Vancouver Island John for Newfoundland’s favorite refreshment! Thanks to Dorothy for the pizza and the leftovers from the ceviche contest!
Numerous pilots reported flying with an ‘Iwa, which is how we imagine Bob would visit us to share the air with his friends. When I come back I’m hoping to be a pterodactyl, so watch out. But more likely I’ll just be a landing zone chicken.
Pilot Roll call: Steve, Drew, Thom, Kevin, Vin, me, Ike, Motorhead Paul, Seattle Randy, Maui Igor, Woody, Scrappy, Divot Steve, Stalker, Harvey, Johnimo, Sandy, Dave, Ray, Lima Chris, Kauai Bob, Big Island Frosty, Thailand Phati, Maui Phil, Andrew, Jim, Garrett, Larry, Joey, Justin, Pete, Austria Jacob, Vancouver Island John, Steve Lynch, Marc, Miami Eddie, Podunk Bill, Tommy, J-Hole Flynn, Matt, Gaza, Duck, 5-0 Mike, Ginny, Rich, Doug, Lake, Laurel, and Anne. And probably a few others I forgot.
We were honored to be joined by visiting pilots from three other islands, not to mention Europe and Asia and North America. And that was without even bothering to spread the word. Imagine if we advertised this event!
So far we have pictures from me and from Andrew. If anyone else has pictures or video, please let me know and I’ll link them here. And if anyone has a story or a comment worth sharing, please share it!