You may have noticed that I am a bit of an addict and pretty much fly year round. Yes, I take my 10 minute winter sled rides with pride. Unfortunately, I have developed a few bad habits in these lean months when there are few other free-flight addicts in the air. Specifically, I have been landing my HG on the PG cone and I haven't really paid much attention to where I break down my glider or how long I leave it set up in the LZ. It was especially noticeable today because we had a light but pretty much dominate E-SE wind that required a few HGs to use the West-to-East approach. In these conditions, parking a hang glider in the North corner of the LZ or parking anything in that approach lane is not the most considerate thing to do. In my defense, I did notice my blunder and moved my glider to a better spot pretty quickly.
There are two things we should all remember. First, if these obstacles really hamper your landings then maybe you should consider a few turns on the Big-O Loop because we should all be able to negotiate static obstacles. Second, just because we have the skills to avoid them doesn't mean we should park obstacles in someone else's approach. Spring and summer can get pretty busy so let's keep an eye out for each other.