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Skiing with "MY SANITY"
Ed. Note: This is a letter sent to some of Gary's friends that he was kind enough to let me post on this site as a 'How I Use My RV. - type story.
Departed Cable at a little after 8:00. The first 20 minutes of the flight were uneventful. When I neared Tehachapi, I encountered severe turbulence. An immediate power reduction got the airplane under control. I hit 3 G positive and 0.5. Altitude and airspeed were all over the place. Finally got under control when airspeed dropped to 100 Kts. and altitude was 500 feet higher than when I started. A west heading with moderate turbulence keeps everything under control. Turbulence only lasted about 10 minutes. After a smooth ride for 5 minutes, I resumed cruise speed. Near Mariposa-Yosemite, I climbed from 8,500 to 14,500 to get above the clouds. Could see Lake Tahoe about 50 miles from the airport but still had clouds between the airport and me. Descended over the lake and landed uneventfully.
Met my friend Wayne and took him for a ride. There was a little turbulence over Minden and a few ridges around the lake. Tahoe Tower requested to report Emerald Bay on the inbound. While descending at Emerald Bay, we hit serve turbulence again. Slowing from 160 Kts., got the turbulence down to moderate. The FAA definition of Serve Turbulence is: "Turbulence that causes large, abrupt changes in altitude and/or attitude. It usually causes large variations in indicated airspeed. Aircraft may be momentarily our of control." The FAA definition of Moderate Turbulence is: "Turbulence that momentarily causes erratic changes in altitude and/or attitude (pitch, roll, yaw). Changes in altitude and/or attitude occur but the aircraft remains in positive control at all times. It usually causes variation in indicated airspeed." After a safe landing, fueling, and securing the airplane, Wayne dropped me off to pick up my rental car. I then did an EAA Technical Counselor visit of Waynes RV-4. Wayne will have an excellent aircraft when he is finished. His metal work is well above the first time builder. After checking in to my motel, I had a nice dinner and visit with Nick, Michelle and Vickie.
New Years Day got me up to go skiing. Picked up my friends and off we went to Sierra at Tahoe. Nick, Michelle, and I were third or forth in line when the lift started. Conditions were good. I started off a little slow since I have not skied in about 5 years. (I think.) I told Nick and Michelle that I was hungry at 11:00 so that we would miss the lunch crowd. After about a one hour break, off Nick and I went. After a couple of black diamond runs, we headed back toward the base lodge to pick up Michelle. Skied till a little after 3 when I got impatient of waiting in line and tired of all the people who were skiing on "my" mountain. J
Returning to the motel, I showered and got ready for dinner. I picked up Wayne and Terri for dinner at Fresh Ketch. Had a GREAT meal and a good time. What a fantastic way to end the perfect day. This was the best New Years ever for me.
I thought I would be in poor shape to ski like I did. I guess that I am not in as bad as shape as I though. I do have a few tight muscles but nothing bad. What hurts the most is my shins where the hair on my legs rubs in my ski boots. I remember now that when I skied regularly, the hair would get rubbed off.
All in all, 1998 was the best year ever for me. I ended it doing what I wanted and started 1999 doing what I wanted. 1999 started out just as good as 1998 ended. This is the third time in my life that I went and did something I wanted regardless of what it costs. I did whatever I wanted regardless of cost. I need to do things like this more often. I do not like to pay finance charges but a finance charge of $10 or $20 dollars for one month will not hurt me. I think this trip was worth it.
I am now ready for the next 4 months of work. I believe that I will need to work many of the weekends through the end of April. I also have agreed to wire a friends airplane. Do not expect to get any free time for myself till summer.
Happy New Year to all my friends. Hope everything goes as well for you as it does for me. I am bringing in the New Year with 300 hours on the airplane. (300 hours in my airplane is like 50,000 miles in a car.)"
Gary ( firstname.lastname@example.org )