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WWDD 09 - Day 1 - Denver to Wallaby

Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:12 am



It's Monday the 30th and I wake up to a blizzard. Great, I have a flight to Orlando in a few hours. But first I have to take my son to school, come back home, finish packing, and load the car. On the way to the airport I need to stop at my ex's house to drop off a bunch of stuff for our son.

Late Saturday night my son (7 years old) and I returned from a 2500 mile road trip. We drove from Denver to California and back. Stops included Meteor Crater, the Grand Canyon, Pacific ocean (in Oceanside), LEGOLAND, Hoover dam, and Las Vegas. We had a blast and Daniel did real well despite all the driving.

Now I was off to Wallaby Ranch near Orlando to attend the Wills Wing Demo Days event. This will be my second year. Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't looking nearly as good as last but it's still a nice vacation.

When I get to the airport I find just about all flights have been delayed an hour. The weather was actually starting to clear but the short storm dropped two inches quickly and caused the morning issues. So after a the extra wait I was off to Orlando. I would be sharing a house in Davenport with Axo and a friend of his from Miami and PhantomFlyer.

I arrived at the house about 8pm. Axel and Daniel were already settle in. Gary would be arriving tomorrow night.

I haven't aerotowed since this event last year so my plan is to do a tandem first thing in the morning to knock the rust off and get reminded about all the details of this form of launching. Then I want to get a solo in on the Falcon and then the Sport 2. Then finally to work up to the U2. I have a U2 160 on order and should have it by mid-April. But I've never flown one. I put about 45 hours on my Sport 2 last season. My last flight was in October except for a real short scooter tow about 30 days ago.

Let the fun begin.

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