There is something about Sunday afternoons that makes them just perfect for flying. This past Sunday I finally got to hitch the trailer up to my new truck and see how it tows. Not surprisingly I couldn’t even feel the trailer back there. I drove out to New Jerusalem and set up my powered paraglider. This was the second day in a row I drove out to the airport but unlike the day before, I would be able to fly this day. The day before, there was a student doing pattern work (practicing take offs and landings) with his instructor. I didn’t want to get involved with that so I elected not to fly.
The weather was near perfect. Winds were light but the air was cold. No matter, I wanted to fly! I spent about 30 minutes patrolling the local farms and a short stretch of the Stanislaus River. I was too cold to stay up much longer than that but it was a very enjoyable flight. Even the late Autumn haze was somewhat enjoyable. Great takeoff, no turbulence, and a picture perfect landing. Here’s a quick video of the flight.
After I landed I just sat in my seat and listened to the sounds of the airport. The birds, the wind, the traffic in the distance, and the “tinking” sounds of my engine cooling down. This is something I used to do in my airplane too. I just like to sit and reflect on the flight before I get out and pack up. It’s one of life’s most peaceful moments. Here is video so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the airport as well. Ignore my commentary. 🙂
Here are a few pictures of the amazing sunset and one of my “portable airport”.