As expected, I didn’t get to fly on Saturday because although the sun came out and it became quite pleasant, the fog remained very patchy and where it didn’t lift, remained quite thick. I decided to go across to Galinat anyway just to check on 56NE and while I was there I took a few shots with my phone (which is why the quality is pretty poor) to show how the fog was lying in the valley. The first one below shows what I mean.

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It was while I was taking it that I noticed some damage at the top of the runway. It was caused by a ‘sanglier’, or wild boar, that roam in herds around here and can cause quite a bit of damage while digging out tasty roots to eat.

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But that wasn’t the end of it by far. When I looked down the runway I could see damage extending down almost the whole of its length, some of it quite deep, as the following pictures show.

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I estimate that in many places, the damage extends over half of the runway width, making it dangerous to either land or take off there. If you should drop a wheel into one of the areas worst affected, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine turning your aircraft over on its nose. So for the time being, flying is off limits until I can find the time to get back to Galinat with a rake and shovel. In fact, a garden roller would also be handy to get the earth tamped back down firm enough, but unfortunately I don’t have one, so when I do go, I’ll just have to make do with stomping the ground back down again.

No wonder that the hunters around here spend so much of their time shooting the wild boar. Trouble is, though, as we found this year at the barbecue held on the Cavarc open day, they are as tough as old boots!