My First Paragliding Trip (video and pics)

So, my buddy Roy invited me to go “paragliding” with him. You have to know that I had NO IDEA what paragliding even was… but I said YES! It sounded like fun. In my mind I figured that I would be taken up in a glider plane with a pilot and then slowly come down to the ground. This is not true. This is not paragliding…. not even a little bit.

There’s no plane you’re in, it’s a parachute.

There’s no plane taking you up, it’s a truck with a big cable hanging off it.

It’s no joke… it’s pretty stinking serious and amazingly awesome.

In a very short amount of time I went from standing on the ground to over 4,000 feet in the air. It looked a little something like this (actual footage from the day of the flight):

It is a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful. The desert is always beautiful to me, but grows in beauty with every foot that I rise. The ascent is quick and majestic, but the descent was my favorite. It looked a little like this (actual footage from the day of the flight):

What did I take from it? I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID THIS! 

Listen guys, you only live once. Don’t miss opportunities that present themselves. Don’t live in regret. Keep striving and trying new things. You will never say… I did too much. You won’t say… I am sorry that I attempted to do great things. You will say, “YES! Life is great and I have some amazing stories to share!”

Here’s a few more shots from the day paragliding and if you are in the Phoenix area and want to try this for yourselves, check out http://paragliderrides.com:

Preparing for my first paraglider ride

Preparing for my first paraglider ride

Paragliding 3

Taking off with a paraglider

Up, Up and Away!

Up, Up and Away!

Paragliding 4

Me and my paragliding buddy Roy!

If you try it out, let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear some feedback. Be inspired and keep shining!

GP

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