Pat’s Journal — Part 4
Friday, November 2, 2007
Today I had to go to "work." All of the aerial reconnaissance we did on spillways, we now had to scout by land and make sure they could be hit. It was a two-day process. Before we left they said there would be a driver, a helper, a guide and two security guards. I wanted one of the guys to go with me because it’s always more fun to experience things with a friend. Fortunately, Grubb said he was up for it. I called us the fellowship of the spillways. Jovi was our tour guide. His knowledge of the land mixed with his ability to read GPS and topographic maps made him an excellent guide. Most of the time I felt like we were tracking an animal. It took us all of two days to locate 60% of the GPS marks we made from the helicopter.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Today Courtney, Perry and I flew to Manila with the Gov. and his family. Before going to his beach house he took us to breakfast at Shanghaiing. It is the best buffet ever. Explaining it does not do it justice, so I took tons of photos. We were off to the beach house, but first were stopping off at the Taal Volcano to make sure the Gov’s new X-star is ready to go when the Billabong team arrives. The Taal Volcano is active and it’s an island in an island in an island. Weird, I know. I didn’t bring my board so I rode Perry’s wake skate. I don’t think I’ve ridden a wake skate in two years, wait I take that back, I rode from the rail park to the house on Reed’s new Zarial skate a couple of months ago. I miss it. If it weren’t for boards like the Covenant I would be a wake skater.