courierguy wrote:I recently got another solar job I can fly to, about 35 miles away and on a huge (many sections/square miles) 4 th generation family ran ranch in the mountains south of me, lots of places to land of course as it is in hay, the rest grazing ground. I have flown there before in the winter on the skis, lots of mountain slopes to play on. I flew out there for the first time and was able to land at 6300' about 700' from the jobsite. A real cowboy (real as in he rides an ATV mostly, and his cattle dog rides on his ATV like all modern cowdogs now do, I've seen as many as 4 at a time all piled on! Cowboys on horses seem to be a thing of the past ) rode up and we got aquainted.
Flying back, at 7500' my place is on the right in the distance below the 9200' peak pictured in my avatar. It makes it easy to find home!
Later that same day I went up for a little dead stick ridge soaring. A little late in the day, it was pretty marginal, I was only able to get 15 minutes in, with no real gains. At one point some of the locals started messing with me, showing off, crowding me up against the cliffs, and just generally acting like jerks. After they got tired of that they showed me how to do it and shortly specced out at over 12K. No telephoto on the camera to put things in scale
courierguy wrote:I made my last, and third, flight out to the same solar water pumping job, we wrapped it all up and I am outa there. Then the rancher tells me he just heard back from the well driller and the second well is now drilled and producing, and as soon as he gets a line on a storage tank he wants another system from me. I immediately tell him that I was "work free" the rest of the day, and why don't I just zip over and through the mountains to Brigham City, Utah, where there is a large rotational molding plastics business, that makes a lot of tanks. This offer by me caught the rancher by surprise though he should know better by now.... FREE, NO CHARGE I told him, and took off for the 60 mile flight, landing a few new mt top sites along the way. An hour later I reported back to him with the prices and current inventory of the desired tank size, along with pictures.
What an unselfish generous person I am, taking time out of my busy day just in an effort to be helpful to my fellow man
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