There, high above it all, it was quiet. Only the sound of the wind and the warmth of the sun reached me and the serenity was almost touchable. It gave me a feeling of peace and joy and excitement and it was a new feeling that I had never quite felt before and I could have never imagined it because it was better than anything you could imagine. This was the feeling of paragliding.
It was a cold but sunny day. Beautiful and still. Maybe too still to go paragliding. But we decided to go and see just in case the odds would be in our favour. And they were. Once we arrived at the launch, Che checked out the situation and although it was not perfect, it would be good enough for a short flight. I couldn’t believe today was finally the day I would get to fly with him. Toby had been flying with his brother Che many a time but until now I hadn’t had the chance. After unpacking the glider, laying everything out and a thorough explanation of what to do, we stood, waiting for the right moment. My heart thumping in my chest from excitement I was ready to run off that mountain. And running we did. The moment Che told me “run”, I ran as if my life depended on it. One moment I thought I couldn’t do it and we’d never go fast enough when suddenly my feet were running through the air and we were lifted up by the glider. Higher and higher and everything calmed down and any fear of not being able to run fast enough faded and all there was was beauty.
After spiralling up for a while and enjoying the view we slowly started making our descent as the wind was not strong enough to land on top of the mountain from where we had launched. Slowly we came in, closer and closer to the paddocks with dry grass and horses. Before I knew it we were so close to the ground and I had to start running again, ready for landing. The landing was soft and quick although I fell in the grass and it was warm in the winter sunshine. The rush of excitement lasted while we hiked back up the mountain to get back to launch and to Toby and the car.
It’s hard to describe how amazing the feeling of paragliding is. It’s something you have to experience yourself for it will amaze you and leave you breathless.
Thank you Che, for the amazing experience!