My second powered paragliding flight back in the USA was without a doubt a doozy with some fairly intense turbulence. It also marked my twentieth flight which when I look back over how hard it was to get to this point, makes me fairly proud of the achievement. Enjoy the video and then read on.
It was tougher than I thought it would be this powered paragliding business. It takes a lot in the early days to make yourself leave the ground behind, especially once you leave training and it is just you. A lot of people quit pretty early on, which is why there is a lot of almost new equipment constantly going up for sale. It takes a lot to see this thing through, but man what a reward.
This flight just outside of San Francisco at a place called Half Moon Bay was my craziest yet, but it also showed me that I was truly in the game, because instead of just freaking out, I thought about what I needed to do and kept my composure. Nothing terrible happened, and I rode the crazy turbulence in to a successful landing, it was pretty scary, and extremely exhilarating.
Sarah and I are world travelers, we have been to some amazing places and seen a lot of amazing things, but flying is some next level living. After awhile the travel can become a bit stale and needs to be spiced up, added to or changed altogether. It may sound strange to those who work full time jobs and yearn to travel, but when you do it as a lifestyle, travel itself becomes as monotonous as working, well maybe not that bad.
We do try to change up our style of travel and locations a lot, and this has kept things fun. From cold to hot climates, mountains to oceans, temples to caves, backpacking to staying in amazing homes when our friends give us the opportunity. We like to mix it up.
The Powered Paragliding is my mixing it up, and even though sometimes the fear creeps back in and I feel like I don’t want to keep doing it, I know now that I always will keep coming back. Even more so than the travel, flying makes me happy, it gets my heart pumping and challenges me in a way nothing else ever has. When I setup for launch, when I am floating hundreds of feet above the Earth and when I land safely back on Terra-firma, I feel truly alive.
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