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03 February 2006 @ 09:27 am
// the closest I'll ever get to flying  

austria, october 2005
paragliding over St Tyrol, Austria. October 2005

Paragliding was the most amazing experience, even tandem. Strapped with a parachute & emergency parachute, bags that weigh nearly as much as me. Running as fast as you can off a hill 1700m above ground until there's nothing beneath your feet, just pure, blue sky. Floating floating floating this is the closest thing to flying I'll ever be and doing spins in the air with the parachute handles in my hands. For a little while, I really had wings.

austria, october 2005

austria, october 2005

austria, october 2005

The views below were truly amazing from above.

Tags: travel
★ Jen  ★traversant on February 2nd, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Megan: garden state - unique momentlivingyears on February 2nd, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
--> so JEALOUS. looks like a blast, dollface. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
oh, it was!
Tacohello_leannie on February 3rd, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Very cool! :D
iridescentspark: Snail Mail Creationsiridescentspark on February 3rd, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh my god that looks like so much fun! I;ve always wanted to do that, but havent had the oppertunity yet. Possibly one day :D
The pictures are great! Did you have someone up there with you guys especially for pictures?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
nope - the tandem guy took the pictures! he had a camera on a stick/remote thing that he pointed in front of us to take the shots :)
?starlakitty on February 3rd, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
that looks like fun!
remember to breathe: snowturtles_path on February 3rd, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
wow! a part of me has always wanted to sky dive at some point. i'm not sure how to reconcile that with my fear of heights, tho. ;)

paragliding looks like a happy medium!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
i was going to go skydiving, but it was about 3x more expensive, and plus i'm a bit chicken, hehe. Paragliding was wonderful because i could actually take in the view below, instead of just freefalling and screaming my lungs out! i definitely recommend it :)
remember to breatheturtles_path on February 7th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
it sure sounds and looks like a blast! =) did you have to go tandom?
The Misadventurous Life Trials of Miss Maybellinecuriousalice on February 3rd, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Those are spectacular pictures! And it looks like you are having so much fun. What a thrill.
soshesayssoshesays on February 3rd, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that looks INCREDIBLE! I'm so jealous!!!
Felicityi_am_she on February 3rd, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
That looks like bags of fun! And what beautiful countryside.
a is for the ache in achilles: majoretteturnedoffneon on February 3rd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
oh my goodness, wow!
erm... who is taking the photos?!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
the tandem guy was! he had a camera at the end of a stick with a remote thing, that took the pictures as we glided down. it was awesome :)
Cristal Dawncrizzles on February 3rd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)

That is TOOO awesome!!

Brian and I just went to the Banff film festival world tour last weekend and I was absolutely mesmorized by the paragliding films!! I really want to try it... Actully I've wanted to for a long time (even since I first went up in a regular glider..) and it's now my new obsession :D

You are so lucky!!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
ee, i hope you get to go sometime, it is an amazing experience!
eleanor janephotogirl on February 3rd, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I would have a heart attack! How amazing ♥
In my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journeyyourghosts on February 4th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
oh i am envious! i wish to doi that someday
coda_withbellson_ on February 4th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
jade faerie got to fly!!!!

you look radiant and blissful.

what an uplifting post!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 7th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
aww, thankyou darling! :)
jenny renee [Chucky] ♥backofbourke on February 5th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Wow, I've always wanted to do parasailing, but I always chicken out when I go to do it. That's amazing ♥
Kirstie: [i want a lifetime in this moment]kirsidee on February 6th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
so beautiful ♥