The first day of Acro Camp was scheduled to start on August 21. Nova, Sam and I showed up the day before to get some pre-event training and I knew we had a problem. It had only been 5 days since I last towed but the lake had dropped further than I've ever seen. Far below last years lowest point. Top that off with limited visibility from the surrounding fires and it looked apocalyptic.
I made some quick calls to let the pilots know before embarking on 6 to 8 hours of driving and canceled. Just like that, Acro Camp 2 went up in smoke, literally!
Nova, Jinju, Sakei and I made the best of it. My family was out of town and I was happy to have a loaner family staying with me. It was a time of personal growth, sarcastic humor and finding ways to relate everything in life to acro! Nova and I developed a great understanding of talents and skills that we can contribute to paragliding for next season. Nova brings a professional perspective and wealth of knowledge that will be extremely beneficial to Acrotow and the acro community.
The long drought has shut us down for the time being and plans of flying late into the Fall aren't looking good. I've learned a lot this season. My acro training, instructing others, organizing events, and determining demand for this type of service are all subjects that I have a better understanding of. I'll be organizing and planning for next season in the coming months. Look for dates to include Acro Camp, SIV and Beginning Acro.