Monday, November 4, 2013

Yesterday's wind was over the top!

At 11:54 a.m. the weather station at Chico Municipal Airport reported an average wind speed of 21 mph with gusts to 30 mph. At 1:54 p.m. the station reported 26-37 mph winds. But guess what? We flew anyway, though I'm sorry to report that no photos were taken; now that I think back, we should have taken some... of John King flying his vented Rev quad-line... of me and Jim Stainback trying to pull down my 2.2 meter parafoil after realizing the attempt was foolish in that hellish wind... of Mike Hagen flying his Pizazz vented stunter... and Rhonda Davidson flying her 6' Flexifoil (and managing not to get pulled across the park). Eventually we all tried our hand at the Pizazz and Flexi; I'd forgotten how much fun a it can be to manhandle a Flexifoil in high wind... it's a workout!

But by about 3 p.m. the sun had disappeared behind the clouds, and it started getting rather nippy. So we packed up and headed for our cars, knowing that even the worst day of kite flying is better than the best day at work!