Well Villa gave it up Easter Sunday... a little.
Saturday we (except for Ann who had a great flight Sat) missed the morning cook so we saddled up and headed to launch at 8:30 Sunday, and it paid off. The Villa morning cook has an emphasis on morning. Many people miss it by stretching morning to be closer to noon. Jack got his PG set up and launched around 9:45. Caught one small thermal, then started to head out in sink, then he caught another along the road and came down an hour or two later, when he darn well felt like it (cause his finger were getting cold up there). The rest of us got off between 10 and 10:30. I got an extended sledder with quite a few turns in tiny thermals, getting up on the fronts and losing the gains on the back sides. But I stuck my landing, and a no stepper at Villa always puts a smile on your face. Kim had a slightly longer flight and nailed her landing in the smallish "old" lz (it is nice landing af ew steps away from the camper van). Rick got 45+ and came down because he wanted to save something for heading up again. He could have easily stayed up a lot longer, and yeah, he had a great landing too.
We went back up for afternoon flights, along with Mike. You could tell it was on when we arrived at launch due to the dead silence while setting up. No banter, just get rigged and worry about jabber later. The silence put a smile on my face as it was indicative of who I was up there with and everyones focus on not missing the launch window. There was concern that we might get shut out with a cross from the WNW as happened Saturday, so as soon as I was rigged I took the first launchable cycle. The rest soon followed. Rich and Randy got to launch as we were heading off and consequently missed the launchable window. But while Kim, Mike and I got shorter flights with swithcy wind landings, Rick managed to take one of the tiny snot rockets up for a longer flight.
Not an epic day, but a fun day that was cactus free due to great landings. Cactus free, early season at Villa! Wow.
Enjoyed hanging out and getting early flying season takeoffs, turns, and landings in. Looking forward to much more of it.