The pictures show a range of things. In one, I am trying to prevent dehydration, and in another, you can see that I have removed the bird feeder, and then I am feasting on the grains, shovel handy to fend off birds of a feather.
The last picture is my favourite. At the flight line, I met Maurice Aubut, who told me that he had flown at GGC 30 years ago, and at a contest at SOSA, Frank Vaughn (friend of Dave Ferguson and John Brennan) had crewed for him. I was able to re-introduce him to Frank. Maurice on the left, Frank on the right.
Please, if you have not done so, have a look at Dan Daly's contest blog at
The contest is over, Master Wilson set off to drive home, and I am hitch hiking along the long and winding road. To quote Dr. King, "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last."
Joerg, Krys, Willem, Rafael and Chris were about 1/3 of the contest in numbers, more than that in spirit. SOSA has long been a driving force in X-Country Soaring in Canada, and many thanks to them for showing up and working so hard to make this contest work so well. You can help keep this going by getting your badges, and by doing tasks as much as you can out of SOSA to keep the tradition going.
And many thanks to Roger, Dan, and all the others at GGC.
And thanks to those from SOSA who came by to see and to help. I have flown at all the clubs in Ontario, some no longer here, and others around the country, and I encourage you to visit and see what else is out there in the soaring world.
Fifteen years ago, I wrote about a stray cat at Champlain who needed a home - let us hope that 'JB" finds a place in someone's heart.
Oh, yes, here is how the folks at GGC see me: "(Doug, an amazing tow-pilot (who may eventually be presented with that SOSA tuggie of the year award he won)" - see the next issue of freeflight for more info.