Yup, it was a pretty stupid mistake. The irritating part is that Curtis was there to help me fix it which we did as soon as we landed. Why we didn't do it before is beyond me. It was such a simple fix that it took less than 5 minutes to rectify.See thats the problem with efficient engines, it does not take much fuel to get off the ground. I say thats a joke in internet land. Everyone seems to do this, which is let some defect make you override normal operations. Not having fuel in the other tank because of a leak is common. I know people who fly on one take because of leaks. And probably the sin that the FAA has least tolerance for. Running out of gas. The good things is you handled it well, and you did climb instead of tree top hop.
I have made it a habit to always climb out to a safe altitude and never take off and remain at tree top level. I only ever fly that low if I have cleared land directly under me in case the engine stops. I don't live in the best area for 2-stroke engines, lots of trees, hills, and un-hospitable terrain, but I do the best I can to remain within gliding distance of a good landing spot. When this is not possible, I always at least keep a survivable spot within gliding distance.
I will be doing my best to not let what appears to be a minor defect affect my decision to fly. When things are not normal, accidents happen.