Monday, August 29, 2005

Arrival at St. Auban


We arrived at the Centre National de Vol a Voile (French National Gliding Center) in St. Auban late on Friday night. We pitched our tent (yes, we are camping in a tent) and started to get settled. On Saturday it rained, so there was no flying. Instead, we went to the town of Digne les Bains where there was a Lavender-fest going on. (Photo: The entrance to lavender world)

Yesterday (Sunday) Tim flew with Roland Stuck, the competition director of the Grand Prix for about 5 1/2 hours in a Duo Discus.

There's a TV crew here shooting the competition for broadcast - maybe even in the US - as a 30 minute show. I tagged along while they filmed Tim and Roland, as well as other pilots, from the top of the Lure Mountain. It was a spectacular view and the pilots looked like they were having fun, too. (Photo: The Leading Edge TV guys filming as one of the gliders makes a pass. Note the confused hiker looking on.)

The weather for the next three days looks pretty good. Of course, the situation is more questionable on Thursday, when the practice days begin.

(Photo: These two camels were hanging out at the lavender festival.)

3 comments:

Ludovic said...

Hi,
Having a single hump, our friend the brown coloured camel might even be a dromedary !

Anyway, good to see people can fly in the southern Alps...while the nothern Alps are.....hummm...not that good...
See you at cloudbase.

Susan McAllister said...

Thanks for your note. The WX has been outstanding on August 30 and 31.

Marian said...

I tagged along while they filmed Tim and Roland, as well as other pilots, from the top of the Lure Mountain.

That picture makes a wonderful desktop wallpaper. I have been staring at it for days now and am still not even starting to get bored with it.