Hi folks. Sorry for the lack of posts but that will rectify soon enough. In fact, I’m anxious to get back to it in earnest. I’ve been out of town about 20 days out of the last month, mostly doing vacationing sorts of things. There was the week of MovNat, three days home, Italy for a week, three days home and now we’re on a 14th annual family camping trip up near Mt. Lassen, Hat Creek, about 15 miles from Burney, CA.
This began as a hang-gliding trip for me and soon many family members joined in. Come Monday I’ll head home and the vacation season will be over. As usual, we’ve been doing some amazing cooking. If you search the blog for ‘Hat Creek’ I believe there’s some documentation from previous years.
Yesterday, my brothers Mike & Dave got up at 5:30am in order to dig a pit and cook a whole pig over 12 hours buried in coals and hot rocks, which we devoured last night.
I don’t have any pics of the end process as I was up on the Hat Creek Rim flying. Here’s a short video clip of the fun. 2:30 of a 40 minute flight that included an altitude gain of about 1,000 over the launch at 4,500 MSL. The landing isn’t perfect, but no damage. It’s hard landing at 3,700 elevation in 90 degrees with no wind to switching winds. It was pretty westerly as I was setting up the approach, watching the sock. By the time I got into final it was too late to get more southerly. Wind had shifted about 90 degrees.
I had a camera on board for some in-flight shots but this morning found that when I had cleaned off the SD card that I’d left it in my computer. Well, tonight I have dinner duty, which will be carne asada, mega guac, and some grilled bell peppers & onions. We’re going to cook the meat over the open campfire.