-BIG Golden Eagle, me, and a Red Tailed Hawk shared a thermal as they climbed through me… Just before making it to cloudbase by the towers. One gave me the upside-down talon flash as he flew under me.
-Strange feeling shared with a tower worker that was 2/3rds up the old radio tower. When I said “How’s it going?” right behind him, watching him look side to side, and up and down was priceless. He seemed to think I was on the tower too!
-A yellow balloon floated out of town up near me and I got to dive at it and play catch! It’s WAY harder than I thought, but I got close and did a tight circle around it at least.
Click on the below for a quick video of the flight.
The day was forecasted to slowly drop temp all day. There wasn’t a defined frontal push of wind where the temp drops afterwards… just small pulses of cooler air oozing in that were tough to identify. It really was great with a nice NE wind of 6-10 most of the time. Cloudbase was 8300 when Steve got there and 8100 when I finally got to it. I think the clouds filled the sky around 10-11am when Steve and I got our butts into motion. Pretty sure there was a 4-6 hour window for soaring. I got 1 hour and toplanded. Then moved my video cam to the dntube and flew for another 45 minutes before landing in the miners field. As I broke down, the smell of Greeley filled the air and the chill deepened while cloudbase hid 2/3rds of the towers. It was pretty Northy but my guess is that it was soarable. Great day!