Trip Start Dec 03, 2007
9Trip End Apr 09, 2008
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Fairly small cleared area on an eroded rock slope by the side of a road with power lines behind you and the ocean before you. Sounds scary does it not? So I asked my friend: "So where is the launch area?" Turning to me with a smile on his face he bluntly replied: "This is it!" After a few seconds of awe with a not-so-inspired grin I said: "O'right brah, ya go first!"
After hauling our wings out of the truck, he laid out and took off in a breeze. I followed just moments after. Albeit a pretty intimidating launch, what followed was a seducing blue velvet, charming silk-smooth air coming from the ocean and gently elevating us high in the sky above the majestic coastal ridge
The air was so smooth that I flew hands-free for the last hour while I was getting busy capturing beautiful pictures of the sun sinking into the horizon on the other side of the island; such view is the privilege of a small group of people since it can only be appreciated from the air. Being the last pilot in the air and having enjoyed every second of daylight available, I joined the other pilots at the LZ just before nightfall for yet another flight debriefing session.
What a magical moment!