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!
Back in 2006 (?) I was visiting Bella Coola and got to ride a snowmobile around the little hills and found some cool spots to fly. As far as I know, I'm the only person ever that's been talented enough to get a sled stuck nose in pointing UP hill. Ya dog…hard core extreme or nothing at all!
We've got strong winds blowing through the valley right now, but if you can find a spot that's somewhat sheltered you can have some fun kiting your wing and refreshing your muscle memory.
Enjoying the freedom of flight is only one of the many privileges we're afforded in Canada. Take a moment today to remember those who fought to make sure future generations could continue to live a life full of adventure, happiness and freedom.
This cartoon captures today perfectly as I seem to be fighting off a bug that wants to take me down (under the weather). Normally that would drive me crazy, having to stay inside with a week of sun in the forecast, but along with that sun are annoyingly strong non-flyable winds (over the weather). Time to catch up with the latest issue of Cross-Country magazine and maybe a few paragliding flicks!
Kelly rocking a forward launch at Woodside almost 10 years ago. New pilots will notice there are no black mats on launch to keep our wings nice and shiny!
As I talk to more members of the local community, it's great to hear them ask questions and gain a better understanding of paragliding and hang gliding. One thing they seem surprised about is the limit of winds we can fly in. Yesterday looked stunning - the clouds lifted enough to clear launch by late afternoon - but the winds were far too strong. Looking over from the Mount Thomm trailhead a small part of me wondered if I should risk driving over to check out launch rather than go for a hike, but watching the clouds zoom by overhead told me I'd made the right decision, no matter how tempting it looked across the valley!
Blue skies, bright green grass and the daisy from my costume could trick you into thinking this picture is from last spring and not last Saturday. Add in the 10 or so pilots who all flew into Riverside within a half hour of each other and it was a regular party in the landing field!
I stole this picture off Facebook from one of the other Skywalk Team Pilots. Love how they made t-shirts from the winners track logs! Or I'm guessing that's what's going on because my German isn't good enough to understand all the comments under his picture, haha.
Since I couldn't make it to the Women's Hallowe'en Fly-In down in Chelan, Washington this year, I decided to pull out some of my bee costume to wear yesterday and have my own costumed flight! Stunning weather for November 1st, still can't get over the beauty of this place on a sunny day.