Fun second flight today. On tow I spotted a couple hundred pelicans thermaling straight ahead so I pushed forward after release and got my first ride.
Spent the first half of the flight bopping under one cloud to the next. Trying to learn how to read the swirling edges and also get in sync with growing v decaying clouds. Lost a ton when a read didn't pan out but was saved by a bald eagle and two red tail hawks. I spotted them way under me but by the time I got there we were at the same altitude. They kept sneaking away from me to better air but I eventually got up to see a new cumulus cloud forming over us.
I thought we might have been in a convergence area today as clouds would move in from the north and the east and merge together right overhead.
The track log looks like a blind squirrel looking for a nut.
1:25hr flight, XC distance: 0km.
We are a group of paragliding pilots based in the St. Louis area.