40!

What’s the significance of 40?  That’s how may pounds I’ve lost!  I started changing my eating in December of 2017 and as of August 31, 2018 I’ve lost 40 lbs!  That’s about 2.9 stones for our British friends!  This isn’t a diet.  It’s a lifestyle change and has to be lifelong for me to keep the weight off.

So my rate of weight loss is 3 to 4 lbs per month.  So at the 1 year mark I expect to have lost 52 lbs!  Let’s hope!

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Pattern Work Before Work

Winds were forecast to be calm(ish) on Friday morning so I decided to try to get in a little flying before work.  I didn’t have much gas and I didn’t have much time but there was just enough of both for me to get in 4 circuits around the runway.  I was a little dubious about the visibility but again there was enough to fly safely.

I was up at 5am without the alarm.  I took that as a sign that I should go ahead and hitch up the trailer and head out to New Jerusalem.  I headed west out of town on a dark country road.  Then pulled into Friday commuter traffic on a dark country highway.  They are all driving to the San Francisco Bay Area.  I’m only driving to New Jerusalem.  No hurry.  They can all cut each other off and drive like lunatics.  I take my time.  Turned right onto another country road.  A short time later I turn on the the dirt farm road that leads to the gates of New Jerusalem.  No literally.  There is a fence around the New Jerusalem airport.  Luckily the good folks at the City of Tracy shared the combination to the lock so we can get in and enjoy this little gem of an airport.

I parked, put up the wind sock, unloaded the P3 and started the engine so it could warmimg_20180824_064059 up.  It was really chilly this morning.  It felt and looked more like winter than August.  I got into my ski pants while the engine warmed up.  I could just make out the sun as it started to rise.  The haze was really thing this morning.  A combination of smoke and fog.

After warming up the engine and doing a run-up I taxied the P3 about halfway down the taxiway and setup for takeoff.  There was  a light wind blowing but it was straight down the taxiway.  I started the take off roll, waited for the parachute to settle down, and then applied full throttle and gently started climbing skyward.

I flew about 4 circuits and the landed to pack up and head to work.  The rest of the story is pretty boring so I’ll just leave with a short video of a portion of today’s flight.

P3 Lite Is Running Great

I took my P3 up for a quick flight this past Sunday morning.  Turned out to be a perfect morning and if I didn’t have to go to church I would have flown longer.  The smoke from all the wildfires we have here this year had backed off to the north and east and the air was crystal clear over New Jerusalem.  Just flew around for a bit to stretch my wings and set back down so that I could make it to church in time with my wife.  Made it home with 15 minutes to spare!

Here are a few photos and a video from the flight.

 

Salinas River State Beach

The smoke is finally starting to clear here in California’s vast Central Valley but at the peak of the smoke problem Cristy and I just had to go find some clean air.  We decided to head to the beach!  Our favorite beaches are near Monterey.    Monterey Bay has numerous beaches and wildlife so is one of our favorites.  Plus it’s fairly close to us.

We trekked down I-5 to Highway 156 and over the hills.  The Diablo Range specifically.  On the way we stopped at Casa De Fruta for some snacks to take with us to the beach.  It’s a good bathroom stop along the way too.  If you have kids its a great stop with a small train, petting zoo, and lots of stuff to help the kids expend their energy.

We continued on to the coast and stopped at Sand City Beach near, you guessed it, Sand City.  We actually park in a large shopping center just before Sand City.  We got on the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and walked the short distance to the beach.   We walked up the beach a bit and then set up our chairs in a spot next to the cliffs that was sheltered from the wind.  Although it was forecast to be 104F back at our home, the high temperature in Monterey was forecast to be 69F.  At the moment it was only 59F!   But we had brought our jackets and the view under the coastal fog was wonderful.  And the air was spectacular.  It was the first non-smokey air we’d had in weeks.  We just kicked back, watched the little ground squirrels (beach squirrels I guess) scurry around us looking for scraps.  I tossed them a couple of raw almonds.  SCORE!  We also watched the paragliders silently soar along the cliff sides.

The ONLY thing we don’t about this beach is it tends to have a lot of seaweed and associated seaweed smells.  So we decided to move along.  We drove north towards Moss Landing to see we we could find a better beach.  Just as I was approaching the Moss Landing city limits I saw a sign for Salinas River State Beach so I decided to turn off and check it out.   To our surprise the parking lot only had 7 or 8 cars in it.  We unpacked our chairs and walked down the sandy trail over the hill to the beach.  We walked a short distance along the beach and set up our chairs.  At this point the fog was starting to break up and the warm sunshine felt good.

We decided we had sat enough for the day and took our chairs back to the car.  I noticed a sign for a nature trail so we decided to walk down it to see what that was all about.  So glad we did the views of the backside of the dunes were stunning.  Dozens of varieties of flowers, sea grasses, and succulents lined the trail.  We walked down it for about a mile before taking a side trail that lead over the dunes back to the beach.  This section of the beach was entirely deserted except for one jogger and later a train of horses and riders.  It was absolutely wonderful and we’ll definitely be back to this beach.

We walked back down the beach to where we first entered the beach earlier and headed back to the truck.  We then drove up across Elkhorn Slough to a small marina and had dinner at the Pacific Grill.  We had lovely views of the slough and the sea otters and kayakers that were out on it as we had dinner.  After dinner we just sat in the truck and watched the otters and kayakers on the slough until the sun sunk into the re-forming fog.  All in all a wonderful day!

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California Is On Fire

Not all of it.  But it may seem like it from the news reports.  And the smoke in our area is intense.  Please pray for the firefighters who are battling these blazes and for the people who have been displaced and lost homes.

Here is a map of the fires.

For Sale: Six Chuter P3 Lite

It’s official!  My Six Chuter P3 Lite is for sale.  The machine is running great.  I’ve really enjoyed flying it.  However, I’ve really been wanting a travel trailer to take my wife camping.  Now if I were made of money, I would just buy a travel trailer, no problem.  Since I am not, I will have to sell something to buy something.  This absolutely will NOT be the end of my flying career.  I will probably go back to a powered paraglider at some point.  But for now, in this season of life, we’re really looking to travel and camp.  And we don’t want to wait for “someday”.   You can check out my last blog post for that.

So all that out of the way here are the details:

Six Chuter P3 Lite and Continental Cargo trailer offered as a package: $13,000

I’ll link to the For Sale flyer here

Just so you know, I’m going to keep flying this little beastie until it sells.  It ain’t going to be sitting around collecting dust!

Lastly I just want to say what a great team Six Chuter is.  They have bent over backwards to help me with any issue that has cropped up.  Even if that issue was only in my head.  They provide EXCELLENT factory support and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys and gals to deal with.

 

On “Not Waiting Until Someday”

One of the discussions my wife and I have from time to time is that we don’t want to wait until “someday” to do things.  Mainly travel and seeing the country.  I remember my parents having the same discussions except someday never came for my mother.  Mom and Dad got to travel a bit but didn’t get to see the country like they wanted.  I’m making plans for an early retirement but again, that’s someday.

To help bring someday a little closer I have come to a decision.  It’s not an easy one for me to make.  If you know me or have read this blog much you KNOW how big a part of my life aviation is.  For over 25 years aviation has been a part of who I am.  But it’s not a part of who my wife is.  And she’s an even bigger part of who I am.  I have decided to sell my powered parachute and trailer and begin the process of buying a smaller travel trailer that I can tow with my truck.  As much as I enjoy flying, I think I would enjoy weekend trips and camping with her even more.

I used to feel sorry for the pilots I knew that seemingly one day decided to just sell their airplane and buy a motorhome.  I couldn’t understand their motivations.  I remember declaring “I’ll never do that!”  Well… I’m ready to do that.  Now, this doesn’t mean we’ve given up our dream of big truck, big 5th wheel trailer to travel in full-time.  That will still happen… someday.  But for the here and now, we’ll settle for a somewhat smaller dream.

I just have to figure out how to break it to the guys at Six Chuter.  They have been wonderful at helping me through every issue I’ve encountered and all issues appear to be ironed out now.  Someone is going be buying themselves a wonderful machine!  I’ll be coming up with a “For Sale” post on this blog soon.