Weasel Tours the Southwest
The week before leaving on the trip, Dave and I had just finished
building our Mini Weasels, little
radio controlled slope gliders. Naturally, as soon as we built
them, the spring winds we'd been seeing in the bay area instantly died
off to dead calm.
So we tossed the weasels in the car when we headed out on the trip,
hoping that maybe we'd find windy places along the way. We
stopped at Pacheco pass (always windy -- they have windmills there) --
dead calm. We tried a couple of rest stops along I-5 in the
central valley -- same thing. Finally, we got to do a little
flying at the Salton Sea and Imperial Dunes, each time for a few
minutes before the wind died.
It was at Imperial Dunes that Dave got the fun idea of holding the
Weasel out and taking a picture of it against a background, looking
like it was flying (since we weren't getting enough wind to take many
real flying pictures). So that became our silly trip idea: we
took Weasel pictures at almost every place we visited. At a few
of them we actually got to fly a little, too!
The colorful Weasel is mine. Dave's is mostly white with a little
glitter. Shots of me flying are taken by Dave.
Southern Arizona and New Mexico
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