Early registration began Friday under beautiful blue skies. Les Stachyra of Aerodyne was standing by with demo rigs and canopies for all jumpers. Kelly Farrington, with his wife Genevieve and son Kyle flew from Bend, Oregon with the highly popular “50% off Infinity” coupon for Saturday night’s raffle. The Super Caravan stayed busy all day taking up load after load of tandems and fun jumpers.
As with any outdoor activity in the Pacific Northwest, the weather sometimes throws a wrench into the best of plans. Saturday morning dawned with low clouds and even a touch of drizzle. Most the jumpers spent the morning catching up with old friends and making many new ones. Many people signed up for the popular (if sometimes confusing) Cheeto’s 4 way Scrambles to compete for a long list of prizes.
Once the weather broke in the early afternoon, the folks who showed for this year’s Leap for Lupus were rewarded with a great day of jumping. Dave and Paul kept the Super Otter and Super Van flying, getting almost two dozen loads up.
Neil Foote and the Late Bloomers turned up the amps and rocked the hangar with hit after hit. With plenty of cowbell, the beer flowed and the jumpers rolled out to the dance floor, keeping the action going until midnight. The party didn’t really stop then, but it did move off to a few other locations.
Sunday morning opened with a few clouds moving in. But still the jumpers were rewarded with a lot of good skydives until an overcast moved in during the early afternoon. Even so, many climbed in the Cessna 182 for hop and pops, keeping the jumping going. As mid afternoon rolled around, the good byes started as many packed up, facing long drives home.