As the Christmas holiday descends upon us like vultures, with all its commercialism, food, family time, presents, money, and everything else that just adds pressure to the soul, its time to look upwards. Paul and I invite a few others to join us the day before Christmas on an evening flight off Grandeur. Jonathan (JJ) and a new pilot Clark join Paul, Roman, and I. There is a light dusting of snow up high, but quite pleasant and warm (relatively speaking) in the valley.
The following day, Christmas Eve, Paul and I hike up high in the mountains to a perfect plateau launch that was pointed out to us by one of the old masters. There is more snow here, but the flight is as beautiful as they come. Plenty of altitude and smooth air over the valley below. Now this is makes Christmas complete!