However, third time's a charm and I will come into some free time and money in the near future. I do not intend to squander this opportunity to mingle with the clouds, I assure you.
For those who know aught of this sport, it is truly a beautiful manifestation of man's attempt to claw his way to the heavans. It is done, for the most part, without power and at the good graces of the updrafts ("thermals") and wind waves that God sprinkles in our atmosphere. Pilots who master this are said to be more skillful than those who strap themselves into powered flight machines and allow a noisy, smell motor drag (or push) their vehicle around the sky.
Here is a You Tube video that briefly captures that spirit. enjoy!
As I more and more resume this passion, I will share pictures, videos, and reminiscences with you.
Maybe inspire you to take a ride?
what the bloody hell, here's another: