|Looking Across the Pond|
|Glider Spotted in Zoomed Picture|
After probably 30 minutes of the radio control flying I thought I would try one of the free flight gliders, I did not want to risk TLG glider in the wind when there was a small pond downwind. So I made a couple of easy throws with the Maxwell free flight glider and then a gust of wind took it towards the pond. Oh darn, I tried to watch it as close as I could to see where it landed. There are steep banks around the small pond and monster weeds. When I got to the edge I looked out first in the water hoping I wouldn’t see it floating in the middle and then looked through the weeds at the near edge.
|Looking Back and the Jungle to Walk Through|
On the other side of the pond I thought I spotted something at the edge that looked like it might be my glider but really couldn’t tell. So I thought I would use the available technology and took a picture with my cellphone camera while zoomed to the max. Looking at the blurry picture I could tell that it was indeed my glider. So I proceeded to trek around the pond and through the jungle of weeds to get down to the edge of the water. I was really careful to check the ground ahead of me when approaching after falling into trout streams a couple of times because I could not tell what I was stepping into.
I had the picture to look at now to get some reference of where the plane was in regards to the opposite shoreline. Also found a small dead branch that I could use to try to lift the glider from the water, I still had good clothes on and really didn’t want to get wet. Turns out I only got one leg slightly wet and retrieved the glider. Glider looked fine except for some dirt on the stabilizer.
After this ordeal I had the sense to stop flying for the evening.
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