October 4, 2010

down down to the ground

It was a beautiful fall day great for jumping so we took the boys out to the filed below Tiger Mountain to watch the paragliders glide down to earth.

The jumpers start off on this trail and hike up about 1 1/8 of a mile before reaching the jump spot. They carry their paraglider and gear on their backs. It weighs a mere 35lbs. We watched the gliders for a while as they sailed down and then took the hike ourselves. It is a steep climb but such a beautiful trail. I was so excited I could walk it with minimal trouble with my back. Since the birth of my twins I have had many troubles trying to get back in shape because envitably once I started working out my back muscles would cramp up and I would be resting them for a week or two. UNTIL this summer...I discovered magnesium phospahte. It is a gentle way to ease cramps and keep them at bay. I am now free after several years of cramps and I am running up mountains and getting nearer to the shape I was before the twins.

Cool caterpiller on the trail.

Up close with a slug.
Once on top the wind wasn't so great for jumping so many of the paragliders were simply sun bathing waiting for new winds. We waited with them a while and learned that the boys could take a tandem ride with a paraglide instructor for around $100. A bit pricey for a thrill, however the boys now have something to save for. They would have jumped this day had we let them. perhaps in a year or two.

On the way down we saw Mt. Rainer. Might be the last good view for us this summer.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like so much fun. Let's go paragliding next time you all come!! But for now it's.....Up, UP, and away you go.