Sea lions watch. We fly by with smiles.
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September 17th, 2007 – by: cmgervais
It was Lisa's turn to fly today. We flew along the coast again, and couple times Jaime took control and flew amazingly low (200 feet!) while zigzagging around the cliffs. Spectacular! We kept our eyes peeled for penguins (no luck) and sea lions (SCORE!). It was a great flight. Then Lisa got to do another challenging landing, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
We hopped in the ladies' red truck and drove 30 minutes to Playa Blanca (when we got there we discovered Leo had forgotten some of the food and had to go back. Poor Leo! This is typical I am afraid.) While we waited Lisa slammed sweet wine, but there was none of that business for the pilots, me and Jaime. She reported it to be DELICIOUS.
We finally got our sandwiches, which we shared with our hostesses. Leo spilled a good measure of the prized wine, of course. He was having a bad day! After lunch and just a little bit of lounging Lisa and I went on a beach walk. The beach was rugged, windswept, and completely undeveloped. We happened upon a ramshackle house, which looked like it had been built of scraps washed up from the ocean. Someone lived there! She was all bundled up in rags and seemed overly interested in our activities. We hadn't encounted this type of poverty yet in Chile, which seems more in line economically with the US and Europe, as opposed to some of the impoverished S. American countires I have visited in the past (Peru, Bolivia). We tried not to stare.
Finally, back to the airport, and my turn to fly again! I took my cue from Jaime (maybe not wise considering our differing experience levels -- but oh well!) and "hugged" the cliffs and flew at 300 feet, with lots of banks. Exhilaration, jubilation! It was awesome. Lisa saw sea lions, and I circled twice, but I just couldn't spot them. The beaches and cliffs were fine scenery though, and I could have kept going all day. With the price of aviation fuel in Chile, that would NOT be wise though!
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