Flight from the Dam to the PierI had the chance to fly a route that I've struggled with, off and on, for years. The conditions never seemed to come together properly to make the flight possible. Looking back at it now though, I never pushed to the point of forcing an out-landing North of the dam.
The day was a fairly low day with the occasional bullet thermals allowing climbs to 1100'. I started off by catching a nice climb into the convergence zone over the main hill. From then on, it was a low flight back to the dam. I found a short 100' climb, here and there, which allowed me to work North of the dam and get to the low hill North of the canyon the spillway runs through. I surfed up the ridge with a juvenile Eagle and the went on a comfortable glide to the Cayucos Pier.
I treated myself to a Smokehouse taco and then hiked the 2 miles back to the base of the hill, where I snagged a ride up for a second round of flying. Great fun day. Here's the video -
First time pulling off this tricky route. Beautiful day at Cayucos. 4/11/14