Yesterday, Lewis, Judy McCarty, and I carpooled to Jack's, hoping the rain would hold off for us. When we got there, it began to mist, but it soon stopped and the rest of the day was dry and overcast until we were through flying. My first flight was great with one exception, I misjudged my altitude on my approach and was too low to clear the tear down area, so I turned left and earned the nickname "Cornholio!" Oh well, try again.
This time at launch, the conditions were more exciting with the wind crossing and stronger from the East. I waited for a good cycle and had another good launch. I turned left, looked over, and lo and behold, I was even with launch! So, I flew along the ridge for what seemed an eternity into the wind, maintaining altitude. I did a 180 and before I knew it, I was back at launch. So, I did another 180, but this turn took me out of the lift band and I had to head out to the LZ. I judged my altitude correctly this time and had a successful downwind, base, final and landing. Lewis again had two great flights!
Wow! What a weekend! I learned several valuable lessons. First, I have only begun to learn how to fly. I need to improve my altitude judgment, use known ground references to check my location, and stick to my flight plan. Also, flying is tremendously satisfying! I can't wait to get out and fly again. I must have more airtime!!!
Thanks to everyone who helped and encouraged me this weekend, especially Mike and Judy. And, thanks for the champagne, Brian! This is a great community!