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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Flying Without Wings!

I now know how it feels to fly.


True, the paragliding experience I had wasn't as exciting and as risky as that done by fellow blogger and flickr celebity-fotog Totomai, but it was the experience of being suspended in the air, by my lonesome, that was by itself, the end I sought. The short ride already gave me memories that would be etched forever in my thoughts.

And because of the adrenaline-rush that it brought, I am now more convinced to go for the mountain-top jump when the opportunity presents itself someday.

It never is too late to try more dangerous stunts, eh. :-)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the ascent to the paragliding jump-off base was like courting danger, but I still can't help but salute the course engineers for their ingenuity. You see, the mountainside was steep, probably about 70 degrees in slope. There seemed to be no way around it, so they just deviced a way to go straight up! That they did by installing an improvised train, a monorail actually, through a railway pegged to the ravine. It operated like a giant zipper, where the car's teeth get slowly implanted in the rail's holes as it moves. It was powered by a motor that reminded me of the Briggs & Stratton type used in the province for motorboats. I tell you, the ride was shaky, like riding a roller-coaster that has seen better days.


And mind you, it was an open ride - no seatbelts to harness the guests. I'm sure, falling from where we went (400 feet high up) would have left anyone with no bones unbroken. But then again, those who go up are supposed to fly down - if they can face that prospect, falling through a ravine wouldn't really be scary anymore, right?

23 comments:

Mariale said...

Whoa, I hate this post too. I don't want to be friends with you and the rest of them anymore. Argh. Anyway, I will just go there solo this Christmas...

r-yo said...

ha ha. sama kami.

acey said...

looks very cool, kuya aryo! i wish i could try this someday, too. the view is breathtaking!

ps: nice pics on previous posts!!!

BlogusVox said...

Attorney, mukhang hindi lang photography ang hilig mo ngayon, pati X-treme sports sinusubukan mo na rin ah!

KRIS JASPER said...

looks cool..

kaya lang Im afraid of heights... so di ko cguro magagawa yan.

sigh...

JoShMaRie said...

kakaingget naman ito...

by d way, dati pala nabanggit mo sa comment mo sa isa sa mga post ko na marmai kang kakilala na taga ENVERGA. nacurious ako kung sino. baka kilala ko rin :)

carlotta said...

o mi goodness, naiimagine ko ang lahat habang binabasa itong post mo :D

pero gusto ko pa rin matry ang paragliding in real life =)

Mys Lyke Meeh said...

wow...what an experienced? Wow--

i wonder how does it feel siince u explained it in such a manner! goshh..such a life , ehh?

Saludo ako dun ah! Galing....

r-yo said...

acey: dito, hindi totoo ang "there's no harm in trying", he he. pero masaya!

r-yo said...

blogusvox: he he. kailangan e. not getting any younger, lam mo na. dapat i-experience ang mga di karaniwang bagay.:-)

r-yo said...

kris: meron namang mababa lang ang talon. doon mo malalaman kung kaya mo. :-)

r-yo said...

joshmarie: sa college of law ng enverga.

r-yo said...

carlotta: di me paragliding sa tagaytay? tara! try natin pagdating ko! hehehe

r-yo said...

mslykemeeh: pambawas kalungkutan lang ang mga adventures dito. mas masaya pa rin sa pinas. :-)

paperdoll said...

wow! sarap naman nyan. . naalala co nung bata pa aco tatayo aco sa upuan at may hawak na payong. . un ung kunwaring parashoot co. . tapos tatalon aco. . ulahlah. . haha

r-yo said...

paperdoll: actually, parang ganun lang din ang naging experience ko. heheheh

totomai said...

basta i better jump off that platform instead of going down via that monorail lol

Abaniko said...

Sarap naman. Is this available to the general public ba?

Sidney said...

Wow... you are fearless... I wouldn't have the guts!

manilenya said...

OMG! thrill seeker? lol! di ko kaya yan :)

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

pards, ang sarap lumipad lalo na sa ganyang kapaligiran,malamig ba yung hangin pag nasa itaas kana.saka mukhang di naman nahirapan sa pagbagsak.abangan ko pa yung iba mong adventure..

the donG said...

that's one of my dreams. to be able to paraglide in the future. isa din sa gusto kong gawin ang mag skydive.

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