Foggy Sunrise Flight February 2nd 2018
This has become one of my all time favorite flights.
Mornings can be a pain with the dead calm air, wet grass, and fog not to mention having to get up at 4:30 AM to make the LZ before sunrise.
But once your wing comes up and you lift into the air, it becomes all worth it.
An amazing experience I believe can only be had while flying a paramotor. Sun rays shining through a low layer of fog that floated along the tops of the sugar cane about 10 feet in the air made for a spectacular visual experience that I'll attempt to convey through the pictures below.
We arrive just before sunrise to find the sugar factory going full steam and a thin layer of fog blanketing much of the ground.
Immediately at sunrise, the crop sprayers take off and start their day.
The direction of the smoke coming from the stacks indicate winds coming from the north as Anuadi prepares to be the first into the air.
Steve's flawless launch
Here I am taking off, Brian and Cappy up next.
This is what I saw right after taking off, Steve flies in the distance.
I decide to drop down low and explore the foggy landscape.
So I break free and climb into the air...
...and then swoop down to surf the tops of the sugar cane fields...
...cruise out over the flat lands...
...and out to the coast of Lake Okeechobee.
I discover I'm low on fuel and at least 5 miles from the airport so I climb up, let the trimmers out and make a bee line for the LZ..