Pine Mountain is On!

Cruising the coastal fog to get to Ojai and beyond...

Cruising the coastal fog to get to Ojai and beyond…

Thank goodness for computers, because if I looked out the window for my weather, I’d have missed  this day!

Lockwood Valley looking at Frazier Peak

Lockwood Valley looking at Frazier Peak

It looks tame enough in the beginning, but this place is like a huge jet intake, and that little puff ball is the primer!

Truck stop at the I-5

Truck stop at the I-5

Dean tells me if I ever land here, to head to the Mexican restaurant near the middle of this shot.

Looking North towards Bakersfield...Things are really cooking now!

Looking North towards Bakersfield…Things are really cooking now!

Bakersfield looked like a safe option for landing, but what a retrieve that would be!

Looking back at Frasier on my way back towards Pine and Ojai.

Looking back at Frasier on my way back towards Pine and Ojai.

It was so tempting to head back through and jump into the desert out towards Mojave and beyond.

Topping off before the long glide out

Topping off before the long glide out

Have to get back to Oak View by 6 and pick up the kids from the Grandparents house…I am gonna make it!

Self portrait as I cross Reyes  with the Badlands behind...
Self portrait as I cross Reyes with the Badlands behind…

 

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Boy its only 7:1 but it looks so far away…

 

Got it made!

Got it made!

I sent a Text to Chris G to see if landing at NHS was an option…Yep! was his reply then he got on the radio and gave me wind info which was very helpful!  Looking at my watch I realized I was going to land right at his meet time for going up for a glass off flight from pine.  That would have been too cool hitching a ride back to my car on top.  Fortunately, Ron, Bob and Tom were already on their way back with my rig and the others too. Thanks so much guys.

The things we do to pack on grass...

The things we do to pack on grass…

I have always wanted to try this flight, and it just unfolded in front of me today.  Super sweet!

I understand today (Sunday) was similar or even better, and I can’t wait to hear what the hang pilots have to say when they tell their stories of flying back to SB from Pine…Niiiiiice!

Big props to Aaron and the SoCal league for taking the plunge and trying out Pine.  Thanks also to the launch crew on take off for helping lay out, and for Fast Eddie, (who wasn’t our driver this time) for keeping an eye on us every step of the way. It gives me great confidence knowing folks are keeping an eye out and a radio on. Thanks so much!

Great job to Dave Teal on his big flight, as well as Alex almost making the beach on the glass off. I understand Stephan made goal on the league task and wisely flew past the 50/50 to the sod fields for some well earned grassy packing.

 

 

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