Monday, August 03, 2015
I was working on this big movie production for the last couple of months involving some crazy hours, making me visit "zombieland" (as a local) almost every recovering weekend. On the last one Noell reminded me "we are camping next weekend" and all I could say was "what? when? where?" but it finally came to me … Hey, it is a chance to get back in the air at Kahana! The forecast was all over the place, and a hurricane was swinging by, possibly bringing serious rain, so I figured I'd bring all my toys. Luckily I had Friday off after a half day work on Thursday (from 4pm to 1am), so we had most of the things ready to go Friday morning.
After the tents were set, I saw Drew hiking and flying his Firefly. But he was having hard time staying up for very long because the winds got lighter, and that was my cue! After talking to Noell about flying the family (visiting from California), she talked me out of it: why don't you go solo for a bit? Terrific idea, I thought! So up I went.
It was still windy for my regular wing, making low east launch the place to lay out the glider, but I guess because of the cross winds and my laziness, I did not have a good wall set, and I had to reset twice before being able to get ready to fly. Going up was no problem! Right after I took off, Drew landed (not on top again, but at the LZ) and I found myself alone in the skies of Kahana, something I haven't experienced in a while!
I was enjoying myself, doing small wingovers and taking in all the beauty Kahana has to offer! With low cloudbase, strong winds and a big family and some friends waiting for me at the beach, I decided to go down shortly after 40 minutes into my flight. But as I was getting closer to earth and I felt the lift from the trees, I decided to extend my flight a little longer and soar it! I was mostly trying to impress my 4 and a half year old daughter Liliana, but when I landed I heard from her: "Not cool, Daddy! Too close to the trees!" Hahaha, how cute! I am sure she heard some of that from mom.
The storm never came, and we were lucky to have a super sunny and beautiful weekend! The full moon even woke me up one night: who's got that flashlight shining on my tent!? I first thought. Thom, Ginny and Kevin with his family were also camping and we had a great time! On Saturday, early in the morning, Thom was up the hill and got to fly his big wing. later, I rushed up to join him and hiked with family for a tandem. I had my big wing, but the wind was picking up by the minute, and I wished I had my small one on me. Steve helped us get off the hill, for an exciting launch but with no problems. Because of the heavy load, we managed to get to around 2,200 feet and slowly move over the water to do wingovers, spirals and to observe rays swimming in circles. Pretty cool!
Later that day, as I was returning from a SUP trip up the river I saw an ambulance, firefighters and cops at the boat ramp, and I didn't think much of it because it was far from most of us (LZ and camping areas). But soon I heard a visiting pilot got severely hurt while flying his 13 m wing. 13m?? Really??? He is recovering from his injuries but will have a long road ahead. Good luck to him.
Sunday's forecast was predicted at 20 to 25 gusting to 30, and I thought: I am covered, I got my kite gear with me ;) but it never happened. I don't even think the gusts got to 15mph. It was another light wind, beautiful sunny day! it was also a chance for me to spend quality time with the family, barbecue, and pack to go home. Many other guys flew this day, to our sweet surprise, considering the low expectations the forecast had given us. The project I am working on will finish tomorrow, and I hope to make more hashtags soon, but more likely they will be #flyingatkahanaagain, and #flyingwithfriends.
Posted by Brazilian Ray at 6:58 PM