FLY TO THE SKY
At the top was a quiet beautiful brown scenery. It was the start of winter so the landscapes and fields were dry. But imagine the view if it was summer and spring, when everything would be green!
Because this was my second time to do paragliding, I knew what to expect. I was looking forward to the peaceful gliding after the run.
When it was my turn on the ‘hill-runway’, my pilot made sure both our harnesses and lines were ok. We waited a little for the right wind then he started shouting, “Run, run, run!”
My fat legs ran with all their mighty-might!
A few seconds later I was up in the air!
After giggling and screaming in excitement, I sat back comfortably in my seat and enjoyed the gentle sunlight, the cold wind, the birds flying around and the peaceful view below.
Parasailing and parachuting are often confused with paragliding. Parasailing is done above the ocean behind a boat. Parachuting or sky-diving is done from an airplane.
Compared to the two, paragliding is the simplest and most serene way to fly.
Paragliding is foot-launched and the glider/canopy is already inflated before flying. You take-off by jogging from a gentle sloping hillside, mountain or coastal cliff.
I was a bit disappointed because my photos weren’t that great. My pilot was a kind person but sadly, he wasn’t too good in picture-taking. Haha. There were spectacular views that we weren’t able to capture.
Mental note to self: Because you are OC-OC (obsessive-compulsive) with your photos, do not leave your own GoPro behind.
My friend had more awesome photos than me!
10 minutes later we were already landing. I pleaded for my pilot to extend my flight a little because we didn’t go far enough, but I felt he was tired already. Somehow I understood because he did 2 flights before me.
The entire flight didn’t quite meet my expectations. The take-off was a bit rushed, the landing wasn’t smooth, and for the long travel and waiting time, I felt my air-time was too short.
However, I am still thankful to my pilot because he was friendly and tried hard to communicate with me even if he didn’t speak English well.
Also, I still had my moments of serenity up in the sky, with that I am most grateful.
After the flight, we were dropped off at the Boryeong beach area. You also have the option to be dropped off at the bus station where you take the ride back to Seoul yourself.
It was a wonderful day and I’m glad I had new friends to share that with.
MY FLY TO THE SKY EXPERIENCE
- Part 1: Preparing to fly
- Part 2: The flight up in the sky
- Review: My ratings, rants and recommendations
- 3 tips: Enjoy your Korea paragliding
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