2016-01-07 San Diego to Yuma
Happy new year, it's time to go home.
For several weeks the Enterprise enjoyed Jeff Hamann's cool views
overlooking El Cajon just East of San Diego. We left it in a December
driving rain and yesterday arrived to another driving rain. That's OK,
we had a blast in San Diego and see this as a way to avoid overstaying
our welcome there. So after a final dinner with Jeff and Phil, we headed
out. The view below was from where the Enterprise enjoyed San Diego for
several weeks. Thanks Jefe.
The rain finally ended as we descended into the desert and sunshine
burst onto a gorgeous mountainscape on Wed morning. The movie was on.
That's the one playing on our 70" widescreen windshield every time we
put this thing in motion and a few times when it's parked.
We stopped at one place on I-8 to see if it was soarable but the
direction was wrong.
Next up I wanted to visit Pilot Knob, site of the kiting "ooops" that
wound up being the start of Master Powered Paragliding 1. I did do some
kiting, even climbed briefly on the motorhome but it was too light.
We stopped at a quirky attraction across the highway in Felicity, CA,
the Museum of History in Granite. Fascinating. More for the story about
one man's dream than the museum itself. Enormous expense was
lavished on this memorial and educational place that is quite unique
including a replica of the Catholic Church where the founder and his
wife got married. It's not religious and the history is
Next up was meeting Curtis Burnett and some of the Yuma paramotor
pilots. There were 5 of us that showed up northeast of town in a big
open area. Tim, Curtis and I flew until the winds picked up dramatically
and the other two guys wisely begged off. I had taken off
just before it went sour and landed right away, suggesting they might
not like the air. Certainly I wasn't going up in it again. Jeremy let me
kite his 1997 Trekking, something I wanted to try because it had been so
long doing so. It was a good school kind of wing with very forgiving
Tim makin' it look easy on the Spice.
Good pizza was had in one of the most hole-in-the-wall places I've been
to. It was fun sitting at the counter chatting with the staff, right
there on the other side, as they made our food and scurried about. Bernardos Pizza east of
Yuma. I really like Dominoes, too, but you don't get this kind of
This site is a great playground for all manner of off road vehicles.
Ours is the most fun, of course, here Tim follows a track in the sand.
Tim keeps an eye on Curtis who is flying the blue Nucleon.
There was a road and a railroad. We kept some distance from the road but
I played a bit on the tracks.
Near sunset the winds got strong and gusty. I was OK kiting the Viper
but wasn't willing to climb the motorhome. Been there, got the bill.