Adventures

Native American Whispers

A Glimpse of Native American History To anyone who wants to see the world in a better way, motorized paragliding is it. Every time I land, no matter if it was a flight like this or not, I feel closer to God. It is a spiritual experience, and "wow" is all I'm usually able to say. On one flight in particular...

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Sand City Free Flying Possibly Over For Good

Sand City: The Loss of Another Great Free Flight Launch Site Sand City, just north of Monterey, offers access to the start of what becomes 12 miles of pristine coastline, famous for it's rolling sand dunes and fairly consistent 100-200 foot ridge for the entire 12 miles. As they say the sands of time...

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Paramotors: True Freedom Machines

Any Freedoms Worth Having Are Worth Striving For I'd been thinking a lot about freedom lately, and this morning's mission was oozing at the seems with the typical epic-ness that permeates anything to do with paramotoring. It included one thing I'd not incorporated in a while though ~ a DSLR. I actually...

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The 2014 Blackhawk Ranch April Fly-In

Wow, what a fly-in. I don't know where to start! Certainly the best one I've been at to date. 4 days and 5 nights of what I've found myself describing as "Little House on the Prairie meets paramotor." The Blackhawk Ranch is nestled in the foothills running up against the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountain...

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2014 USPPA Convention

USPPA Does It Right: Fly-Ins are Meant to Be Fun! www.USPPA.org This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Florida and attend the 2014 USPPA Annual Convention and Palm Bay PAL Para Fly-In. I got to meet Robert Katilla, and through his website VikingPPG.Com he sells some of the neatest new products...

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Saturday Evening Meetup with Friends

Meetups are What It's All About We had a great evening meetup on Saturday night. Bobby Rocco, Ryan Smith, Ed Lowder, Micah Carlson and myself met up around 3PM out at Fog Ranch under the graces of Dr. Fog - A very nice man for letting us use his property. I have been recovering from a nasty flu and pneumonia...

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The 2013 Blackhawk Ranch April Fly-In

This year's April Blackhawk Ranch Fly-In was a total blast. I arrived Thursday evening, having driven the whole way from Fresno with finger's crossed that my work wasn't going to call me in... I was on two hour call-out but after 6 there was a very little chance that they were going to use me. I knew...

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Paramotor Mountain Flying

Mountains - Pushing Your Comfort Zone a Little Deep in the heart of California's Central Valley is a special little "mountain" known as Mt. Campbell. If you're not from around the area, chances are that most likely you've never heard of it. But if you are from the area then it is the mountain southeast...

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Salton Sea Paramotor Fly-In 2013

The Salton Sea May be Dying, But It Certainly Came Alive for a Few Days in February Here are shots from the 2013 Salton Sea Paramotor Fly In. It's an annual event held on the west side of the Salton Sea by Mike Robinson, owner of Paratoys, Blackhawk Paramotor & Velocity Paragliders. This year's...

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Soaring: Being Truly Free

Free Flight: The Allure of Being Truly Free Ever since I started flying with a motor I have had some level of curiosity about what it would be like to fly without one; If not for the challenge, then just to see what the experience would be all about. And I would find myself asking "What is the attraction...

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