As I'm stuck at work for the rest of the year, I was thinking back about the year. It seems like the individual days have dragged, but the months have flashed by. Other than working, it seems all I've done is fly - over 130 hours this year.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Randy and I flew over to Cameron Park to meet Chris for lunch. We had talked about flying the American River canyon so Chris could try his new 360 degree camera, but it was really turbulent.
What that doesn't show is just how damn bouncy it was:
After lunch, Randy and I headed back to Lincoln. It was a lot smoother, so we even played about over Folsom Lake a little, until we spotted a Piper Cub doing the same thing. He followed us back to Lincoln, but had gone by the time we were all packed away.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Today was a holiday at Proofpoint, so I tinkered around with some soldering while waiting for the fog to lift. While it still didn't look great at Lincoln, Randy and I went and got lunch, then went over to the airfield to sit and look at the fog. It finally lifted, so we went out for a flight. We flew down the North Fork of the American River, then went and flew around Chris' house before heading home.
When I got back, I trimmed up the hyperlapse video the GoPro had shot, cursed that it was in 4:3 rather than 16:9, then uploaded it to YouTube.
Oh, and testing my soldering in the evening showed there's a problem somewhere that I'll need to figure out :o(
We watched "Love and Monsters" before finally allowing Tilly to go to bed.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
I started the day in the garage finishing up the stand for Randy's wheely thing and the frame I'd started for the board I'm working on. After lunch I went to the airfield and took the plane out for a bit - the visibility was doing some odd stuff, so I didn't hang around in some places as long as I'd originally intended, but I took the long way around the airport rather than doing an overhead join for 33.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
It was raining, so I drove over to Chris', and we tidied up his fuel tank for the plane. The Pro-seal we were going to use wants a temperature of 70F +-5F, so we left it in his utility room and went to the airport to install the repaired exhaust header and put the cowling back on. After lunch, we went back and Pro-sealed the tank. Now we just have to leave that for a couple of days before testing it to see if the leaks are fixed.
Friday, December 11, 2020
I started the day tinkering with a video of yesterday's flight while I watched TV and waited for it to warm up.
I flew over the house, but Vic didn't come out and wave, so I flew over Chris' house, but he didn't come out and wave, so I flew over Don's house but he didn't come out and wave, so I flew home.
In the evening, we watched "Fatman."
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I got up and met Randy at the airport. The visibility was fine, so we decided to go to Oroville.
We flew up the Feather River, and for whatever reason the ADSB tracker didn't pick us up the whole way. Did have to avoid a helicopter who came around to look at us at one point though.
The ADSB tracker saw even less of us on the way home along the other side of Beale Air Force base.
When we got back, I was at the point where I need to do a service, so I changed the oil (it needs to be warm) and called it a day there - I'll do everything else tomorrow, methinks.
I did get a little time to tinker with some stuff in the garage :o)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
I decided to do some maintenance on the Bolt, meaning that I filled the washer fluid bottle.
I figured I'd wash the worst of the crap off it, so I pulled it out and did that. Then Vic made me feel bad for not washing the van, so I pulled it out and washed it too.
I went to the airport and flew for a while, but the visibility was awful - Auburn said 5 miles, Lincoln said 7, but with the haze you couldn't see much. As I was toddling towards Folsom Lake, I watched an unidentified aircraft on the ADSB display approaching from the South - it turned out to be a Blackhawk, and he flew around behind me, then alongside, about 3/4 of a mile away before heading back South :o)
In the evening, we went over to Randy's for cherry pie - he gets it from a place where they're so busy you have to order it :o)
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
What's all this about winter is coming?
I've taken the week off to do things and stuff, and I kicked off the day by taking Tillamook for her annual inspection. She was very happy to get into the van, less so when we pulled up at the vet. You call in and tell them you're here, and the vet tech calls back for a chat, then they come and get her. You then play Flappy Bird until the doctor calls you back for a chat, and then they call you and deliver her back so she can grumpily ride home again. She got a couple of vaccines, and was feeling sorry for herself for the rest of the day, but they said she's in great condition for being 13 years old. They did point out the muscle wastage on her back legs, which is due to the arthritis, and took blood so we can look at NSAIDs if necessary in the future - they're hard on the liver and kidneys so she'd be getting blood tests every 6 months or so.
I ran around trying to get some stuff done, but mostly ended up getting a package of Oreos and posting some fuel valves back to Aircraft Spruce.
I went to the airport and took the plane out for a bit - I timed it perfectly as the GPS flicked into "night" mode while I was on finals (I'm allowed to fly to the end of civil twilight - usually about 30 minutes more, but I like putting the plane away in the light.)
As it was dark when I got home, I could see that some of the neighbours have their Xmas decorations running - while Tilly ate her supper, Vic and I went and watched them for a little while. My phone didn't pick up the sound as well as I'd hoped, but whatever.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Randy was supposed to be looking after the kids, and Wings was closed, so I flew over to Cameron Park to fly friends of Chris'.
Randy and I flew up to Auburn for breakfast.
Wings was closed, so we flew back down the Bear Creek canyon, then had lunch at Mary's.
I shot some video using the digital zoom on the GoPro - I don't think it's as sharp as the wide angle, but you can see more of Randy.