In this line of work, that's the term for the kind of flight we had today.
up at 04:15 we got our gear on and ready to go; after about an hour of waiting we filed onto the bus to take us to the waiting aircraft. The 2 1/2 hour flight to Summit was uneventful, as we like it to be; but when we got to Summit the wind was too strong and blowing across the skiway. In a crosswind like that landing becomes more dangerous, so we went into a holding pattern to see if the winds would abate or change to a more favorable direction.
After a bout 45 minutes of flying in circles above Summit, our fuel had reached the point that we needed to decide to land or head back. The winds continued unabated, so we had to fly back. All in all about 6 hours of flying, to land back right where we started. Now that's a Boomerang!
We'll try again tomorrow, and hopefully the third time's the charm!