When I was compiling my list of 45 things, I remembered how fondly Greg spoke about paragliding and how peaceful it was. I told myself when I was making my list that it would not involve anything life threatening and technically speaking I guess paragliding could be borderline life-threatening, I had not heard about anyone dying from it.
I called up the Gliderport on Tuesday morning and they said that conditions were right and the winds were favorable for flying so I put on a baseball cap and took off to fly above the cove. My instructor/tandem pilot was Bob. His description reads as follows:
"Bob Hammond is a lifelong resident of La Jolla. Bob has been a Gliderport participant for over 40 years. In the mid-70's Bob hang glided in the mountains, and in 2004 he transformed his dreams of free flight into paragliding. Bob reflects a very patient and mellow approach to training newer pilots. He works with students at their own pace to ensure that they receive a top quality learning experience. Bob holds USHPA Advanced Paragliding Instructor and Tandem Instructor ratings."
Bob was definitely patient and gave me clear instructions on how the take off would happen. He didn't just say, "Ready, set, jump off the cliff!," but it wasn't too much more difficult than that.
|Torrey Pines to the north.|
I wasn't going to tempt fate and carry my camera or iPhone with me and risk dropping it the 400 yards to the beach so I have to rely on the photos taken by the gliderport photog. And here is as close as he got proving that it was actually me.
|Fly like an eagle!|
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