a visual journey
Follow along with us as adventurers take to the skies for the first time on a tandem, learn valuable paragliding skills or even catch a glimpse of pilots just goofing around!
Can you recognize the site? The trees and shrubs have certainly grown up on both sides of those stairs now. Klaus & Monica built this beautiful outhouse for Bridal Falls in 2005(?), and a group of volunteers brought it up for installation on what looks like a fantastic flying day.
Last Sunday's tandem - half an hour of soaring, then enough G-force on our spiral dive to make even my belly do the roller-coaster flip! It makes all the difference when your passenger rocks their part - running strong on take-off and landing - and Grieg did just that. Mid-flight he was already asking about the next tandem…I think we got another one hooked!
Thermals aren't the only good things at Mt Woodside. Instead of flying yesterday, some paragliding friends took me on an adventure! There is a secret berry farm where you can pick a pail of giant no-spray (for real) blueberries - $5 for the size of an ice-cream bucket full! Bring your container next time you fly & I'll show you this blueberry haven.
After a few hours of paragliding at Bridal Falls, I looked around the landing field to spot a rare phenomenon…4 girls all packing up together! Karin, Laura and Monica…it was great flying with you!
A lot of people come out to fly but don't even think about how our launches & landing fields stay in usable condition. Volunteers make it happen - this time around Monica mowed the landing and George took a weed-wacker to launch at Bridal Falls. Thank them next time you're out, we would be back to landing in the swamp and snagging our lines in the clover and tall grass when taking off without their hard work and dedication!
After flying at Bridal yesterday, a mysterious paragliding tree appeared in the landing field. Only the shadow was captured on film.
Still waiting for the call from London that I'm the next Bond girl (what else could these messages possibly mean?)
Sometimes we get so focused on "life" that we forget to pause and take it all in. Playing tourist the other day brought me to both of these gorgeous spots I only usually see from the air. This time I did nothing but simply enjoy the scenery and be thankful I live in such a beautiful and peaceful place.
My friend Andrei (another local paragliding instructor) gave me a call yesterday asking if I could help him out by coaching his student in to land. There was rain at my house but it looked possible across the valley at Mt Woodside, so I said of course! The first picture is the view out of my car window at the landing zone when we arrived but fate smiled down, the sun came out and Alex got his flight! You can't let a little rain stop you if you live in BC...
GoPro cameras are great, but not always the best for catching action in the deep (or not-so-deep) background. Here's a group shot of Monica, Klaus & I paragliding together at Bridal Falls…objects are closer than they appear!