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Taylor Goes Paragliding

4 April, 2012

The snowboarding was kinda crappy this year, so Alissa thought
the boys should go paragliding during their Spring Break trip.

She is radical!

Photo by Alissa
Taylor & Tom
ready for launch
4 April 2012
Photo by Alissa
They run into the
wind, & downhill
4 April 2012
Photo by Alissa
The canopy is flying
overhead now...
4 April 2012
Photo by Alissa
Take-off from
Bellyache Ridge
4 April 2012
Camera on a steeek
Airborne!
Sheer delight
4 April 2012*

Alissa & the boys met David Champaign, one of the operators
of Vail Valley Paragliders, and night manager of the hotel where
she and the boys were staying. Eli and Taylor were keen to try it out.

Camera on a steeek
Taylor & Tom,
over the valley
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Nevermind the captions,
look at the view
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Between Earth and
yon vapor trail
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Looking for thermals
over the mountains
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Longer aloft on
lucky uplifts
4 April 2012*

Basically, after working out a few details, Alissa & the boys
joined the paraglider pilots on Bellyache Ridge East, at an
elevation of about 9200 feet above sea level. On its open slope,
everyone harnessed up for their flights, except for Alissa!

Camera on a steeek
View toward the
Western Slope
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Taylor is clearly
enjoying this!
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Don't think I could
do this myself (barf!)
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Tom was taking a
few pictures himself!
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
The Colorado River
flows westward below
4 April 2012*

Eli and pilot David launched first. Taylor and pilot Tom launched
next. Alissa tells me that Tom was able to find thermals - masses
of warmer uplifting air - while he and Taylor were gliding down from
the mountain, which lengthened their flight time.

Camera on a steeek
Many turns on the
smooth descent
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Sends chills up my
spine to see this!
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
Riding thermals
above the valley
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
Before the cliffs
of Bellyache Ridge
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
The landing area is
down by the river
4 April 2012*

The Colorado River flows westward down the I-70 corridor from
the high country in this section of the Rocky Mountains. That's
the ribbon of water below you are seeing in these photographs.

Photo by David Champaign
Taylor & Tom
maneuver to land
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
Eli watching his
brother's flight
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
Descending toward
the landing area
4 April 2012*
Photo by David Champaign
Tom & Taylor
landing smoothly
4 April 2012*
Camera on a steeek
Back on the ground
safe and sound
4 April 2012*

Photo by David Champaign
Eli & Taylor with pilot
Tom Keough on the ground
4 April 2012*

Images 2012 ABoykin, except for
* Images 2012 Vail Valley Paragliding

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