Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I've been Ozone-ated...

What a great day! I worked last night, and got up today around noon-ish... to blue skies and 25km/hr winds. I really wanted to re-acquaint myself with our foil kites (my last experience with one was less than fun) and today the conditions were perfect. So off to Slack Slough we went! Todd gave me a quick refresher course and then I spent about two hours flying the 8m Ozone Access. He's a friendly little guy I must say! The lack of bar pressure (compared to the Slingshot T2's) takes a bit of getting used to, but it launches easily and overall handles very nicely. Todd flew the 13m Ozone Frenzy, which I think is his new favorite kite. The snow cover on the pond is still awesome and we had the place to ourselves. It was so much fun! Maybe tomorrow I'll be lucky enough for a repeat?!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Let it snow!

Who knew??!! that there'd be sooooo much snow, this late in March! We got another pile of it last night, but at least the temps are decent. I can handle tons of the white stuff, but I do prefer to see the thermometer stay above minus 10C... and so far with this recent snowfall, it has been fantastically warm!
We've been out snowkiting at Spray Lakes and also at Slack Slough these past four days. Todd got a new snowboard - built by DeCosse Customs ( - and I'd say he's got the hang of the whole 'boarding' thing. Check out some of his airtime! I'm still on skiis... I'm a diehard and likely won't deviate from what I'm comfortable with! But I am trying to get the nerve up to attempt a small jump... At any rate, the snowpack is thick and deep and sticks to the skiis and boards like crazy! It's been alot of fun, especially since Spray Lakes was empty all weekend - except for a couple of ice fishermen. It was like our very own playground!
Anyhow, back to work tomorrow... perhaps we'll get some sessions in this week, in between nightshifts. Let the countdown, to my next stretch of days off, begin!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ahhhhh, the desert!

Well I just spent 10 days in the western Arizona desert. Saying it like that doesn't make it sound all that glamorous, but let me tell you, it was non-stop action and adventure! This year, there has been an unusually large amount of moisture, thus the normally dry, brown landscape is flourishing. The copper-rich soil grows some massive saguaros, and many plants which I've not seen with flowers before are healthy looking and in bloom. I stayed with my parents, who are avid quadders... and I sure learned a thing or two from them and their friends! The trails they explore cut through some amazing desert landscape, and I can definitely see how easy it is to get hooked. It was a great trip - we had something planned every day - the time flew by!
Now I'm back in Alberta, just in time for one last blast of winter. Oh well, at least there should be snowkiting for a few more weeks!!