Happy 2009! This will surely be the year of epic flights, adventure and world travels. After last year's sub-prime local flying we all deserve it! I'm gazing out my window to where there should be a mountain (the one that I'm launching from in the above photo) but instead there is a sheet of white hiding it that is probably dumping more snow on the hiking trail up there. Sigh. Yesterday after a c-c-cold short flight I was contemplating how absurd it is that I live in a tempermental rather than temperate climate. Really, why am I somewhere cold and have to travel to someplace warm if I want to fly? Shouldn't I live where it's warm & flyable year round and if I really want to experience some nasty weather I can hop on a plane & go there? Time to google "the best place on earth to live to fly all day in the sun". (whaddya know, there's a website called bestplaceonearth.com, although the only activities they classify that with are surfing, skiing, climbing and diving). Anyway, most of the paragliding websites have their comps, fly-ins & clinics for '09 set up, and if I go to every one that I'd like to this year it should only cost roughly $568,000.00. That gives me about a month or 2 to work before I take off, so all that's left is to find a way to make half a million dollars before then!