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Yesterday was filled with activity. When I first woke and saw that the skies were overcast, making it unlikely that I would be able to skydive, I decided to go on the 8:00am walk. I had already told my friends that they should hope NOT to see me there, because if I showed up it would be because I couldn't go jumping. After some commiseration, we walked a nice brisk four-plus miles, and I noticed that there were breaks in the clouds, showing some blue sky. Because Snohomish is 80 miles south of Bellingham, there was a possibility that the weather there was completely different.
So I came home and checked the web cam at the Drop Zone and saw that the clouds were indeed beginning to lift. Once I got there, it was 12:30pm and the clouds had opened up enough to begin jump operations. My friends arrived and we quickly got ourselves on a plane. By the time we were ready to exit, however, there was a huge cloud over the airport. We were still able to jump by heading over to the alternate landing area. The FAA doesn't allow skydivers to intentionally jump through clouds and the pilot could lose his license, giving us plenty of incentive to follow that rule.
By the time I packed up to go home, I had made three wonderful skydives and had an excellent day. Tired and happy, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the traffic north wasn't too bad in the early evening. (Usually I head home around 4:00pm.) I pulled into the driveway at 7:30pm. A long day, but a fruitful one. Today's forecast is not good, and now that I'm realizing it's likely that the only possible breaks in the clouds will be brief, I'm spending the day relaxing and enjoying myself. I didn't talk to my garden at all yesterday, so that's where I'm heading next. Although Friday was rainy, yesterday was sunny most of the day; I figure my plants must be missing me. Those aphids and slugs were probably glad for my absence, however.