I went soaring / gliding / sailplaning this week. Something I've long wanted to do.
Link to photos. Captions:
- 1. In the sailplane at Southern California Soaring Academy.
- 2. The glider, with the pilot behind me.
- 3. San Gabriel Mountains; golf course in the foreground.
- 4. Being towed up. The tow plane is visible above a strip of tape on the canopy.
- 5. California Aqueduct. Golf course on the left, airstrip on the right.
- 6. Angeles Crest Highway (California Highway 2) in the San Gabriel Mountains.
- 7. Beyond the mountains, the cloud-covered L.A. basin.
- 8. Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area.
- 9. Landing.
Forever, when people mentioned skydiving or hang-gliding, I always said, "No, I'm not graceful enough; I'd break a leg landing. But soaring! That's something I'd like to do!"
It was pretty much what I expected — like flying in any plane, but quieter, lower, and slower.
It took me well over an hour to get there. The weather cooperated — moderate temperatures and no clouds. It's a bit pricey. Once is enough.