We were driving through La Jolla a couple of months ago, and on a whim, decided to check out the Torrey Pines Gliderport. . . .
This is where it all starts. On tall cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The shot below gives an idea of the surrounding cliffs, taken at Torrey Pines Reserve just north of the gliderport:
I would have liked to get closer for photography, but the area was fenced off and a burly-looking guy was making sure no one stepped over the line. He turned out to be really nice and we had a conversation about Nikon vs. Canon. (He prefers Nikon.)
There were a lot of hang gliders that day, but the whole operation ran so smoothly, almost like it was choreographed.
That’s a radio control airplane at the top of the photo.
They get up high so quickly.
Blooming ice plant near the take-off area.
No collisions, no crash landings.
Then, we noticed a small crowd gathered around a young guy with a bird.
He told the crowd the bird was a turkey vulture and let me take a photo. Not something you see every day, but kind of appropriate at a site where humans basically fly.
Have any of you ever tried hang gliding? How was it?