First, Happy Thanksgiving and CONGRATULATIONS to John Pallidino, who flew his first glider solos last weekend — now comes the fun part!

So anyway, we’ve been building lots of character lately, whether we wish to or not, and it might continue this week as well.  We’ll see more pleasant days of partly to mostly with comfy temps and…  thermals, not so much, except maybe Saturday in the mountains.  Sunday on the other hand might be a wave day.  We won’t be holding a vote on that, you’ll just have to wait and see what Gaia decides.


This week will turn out much like last week did, perfect gardening weather with lots of partly to mostly and light westerly breezes.  The sunniest will be Saturday, they say, with 3 or 4-knot thermals rising to somewhere above pattern altitude, more or less.  And so on.

Also this news:  complaints about the heat are no longer being accepted.


One of America’s soaring patriarchs that called Crystal home is the late Irv Prue, who, along with two sailplanes of his design, is justly enshrined in the Soaring Museum Hall of Fame.  Irv was also known for brashly claiming, “You can always find lift at Crystal.”  That’s usually true of course, but… always?  These days, nobody brags more than me about how great the soaring can be here, but… always?   I had the honor of knowing Irv before he passed on to that big soaring site in the sky, and one time I challenged him about his boast.  On that day of course there were fluffy cumulus everywhere, so with an ironic smile he challenged me to prove him wrong.  I failed.

The coming week I’ll be wishing Irv were still with us, demonstrating precisely where to tow and how to fly, so I could prove him right again.  Short of that, we can expect cool temps, light westerlies and lift of the character building variety.  Bring a sense of humor plus your inner Prue if you’ve got one, and who knows what might happen?


Congratulations!  Daniel Durbin and Evan Dansereau passed their glider check rides last Monday.

Twenty two years ago today was my first November living at Crystal – and we woke to a solid foot of overnight snow!  While that probably won’t happen this week, we will get a taste of ‘seasonable’ weather, including afternoon temps in the sixties, more clouds than usual and, wait for it, the unofficial start of WAVE season will depend on just how southerly and how strong the wind is…