Our Thursday morning on the outer banks began before 8 a.m., once again. This time, Cindy and I arose from our slumber to make the 45 minute drive to the Cotton Gin “Airport.” “Airport” is in quotation marks, because, although it technically is one, it consists only of a couple of grassy strips in which small planes may take-off and land. Why were we going to the airport? To hang-glide, of course! This was part two of my wild and crazy hang-gliding adventures. I had signed up for the 2000 ft. tandem hang-gliding experience in which I fly tandem with an experienced instructor.
We were towed up to an altitude of over 2000 ft. by a light plane. Once we reached altitude, the tow line was dropped and we soared above the clouds with amazing views of the Outer Banks and Currituck Sound. It was absolutely exhilarating! To be attached to a kite, one-half mile above the surface of the earth, floating on the fresh breezes, peeking down through the clouds to see the landscape below is an indescribable experience. I’m once again thankful for the opportunity. (A video of the flight is at the end of the blog).
On the way home, we stopped by the grocery store to buy the necessary ingredients for dinner. Cindy made her world-famous spaghetti, I made my world-famous rum cake, and the whole gang enjoyed a wonderful evening together. Before dinner, we splashed in the pool at our rental house. After dinner, we went over to the beach to fly kites. When we returned from the beach, we enjoyed a few hours of games, including Bananagrams and Jeopardy. (And, I finally won a game.)
And, finally, a short video production of my hang-gliding fun: