Woke up at 10:22 A.M. It was pretty comical, too. I looked at the clock and just smiled. I had been wanting to sleep in for awhile...and it finally happened!!! I couldn't believe it! Before this, I had been waking up on my own before my alarm...so I was thrilled to death!
I opened up the curtain and cursed the day I was born. "You have got to be kidding me." The words literally came out of my mouth. The skies looked great. Not a low cloud anywhere but way to the east. No 2000, 5000, 8000 scattered. <sigh> I had to fly.
I called up the airport, threw on some clothes, and headed over to fly. As I was pre-flighting the airplane, I saw the low clouds poppin' up. Several of them. Phew. They ARE going to happen after all. They were actually poppin' up all over. I actually even debated about going out there then, so I walked back in the FBO and checked the weather. Hmm. The reporting stations up north were still reporting clear. <sigh> Maybe I would have to still work after all.
So off I went.
I flew up towards one of the flight plans, but there actually were clouds in the way...about 9000 feet MSL. So I headed to another plan. And sure enough, it was clear. I was at 11,500 MSL. And I started. The remaining lower plans are all over the mountains, though, and I struggled with the turbulence again. I was just below the clouds to the west and just above the aggressive slopes. It was NASTY. I was able to last three lines...just three lines...before I called it a day. I headed on back in to Centennial. And it was so turbulent on the way down, too.
I debated whether to go up to 15,000, but I was just so frustrated already. I didn't have my oxygen on, and so I headed back for the airport. I toyed with going back up to the higher altitudes after putting on the oxygen, but I decided against it. I was done.
I learned that my boss was on his way out from Philadelphia, so I watched him on FlightAware on the way out. I texted him several times in regards to weather along the route! ha!
I went out for BBQ for supper, and I ended up stayin' in the hotel for the night. He showed up around 11:10 P.M., and I stayed up talking to him until around 12:30 A.M. Way too late for me! But it's lookin' like bad weather tomorrow, so I"m excited about that.