Shooting monkeys from Hawaii into space above the Owens Valley
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Thom and I are once again signed up for the US National Paragliding Championships. Not because we aspire to be any kind of champions, but just because we like flying with those guys! This year the event is in the Owens Valley, famous as one of the deepest valleys in the US and also for some of the strongest thermals in the world, with climbs potentially to 17,999 feet. We are following in the footsteps of several former brave simian astronauts from Oahu: Doug Hoffman, Quentin, Fireman Dave. Thom and I are now frantically trying to get our gear together in preparation for this space mission. We have both arranged to borrow oxygen systems, and we are scrambling to assemble cold weather outfits that will keep us from getting frostbitten at sub-freezing temperatures aloft. But mostly we are getting excited to fly in one of the world's premier and most beautiful flying destinations, alongside a gaggle of great pilots from around the world. Let's do this!