Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hang Gliders in Flight, Afternoon Delight

Often on a Monday morning, when asked by a coworker how my weekend was, I groggily reply, OK, how about you?. Or some such mumble-iferous inanity. Not yesterday. Yesterday, I said awesome!! It was truly a magnificent weekend. Amazing what a little sun and warmth will do for the spirits.

We went hiking at a favorite spring time spot, state land featuring a beautiful waterfall and a trail winding up a ridge through the woods. Snow is always slow to melt in the mist zone behind the falls, but one of the cool things about this particular falls is you can climb up behind the water.

I have some concerns about this being a short-lived phenomena, and have warned Mom & Sis to head on down to experience the falls one last time whilst they remain undeveloped. Signs were posted that "improvements" are coming, a hard-surfaced trail to provide accessibility right up to the falls. Most state lands seriously restrict access to falls, and I fear this will be the case here, too, once the pavement comes.

Up at the top of the ridge is a hang gliders launch pad. In all my lifetime of hiking here, I had never once until this weekend seen the hang gliders in action. Let's just say they had an awesome weekend, too.

I was too dumbfounded by the process to get any good photos of the launch process. I didn't even attempt shooting for two of the three launches. These hang gliders have a lot of guts, that much is for sure. The whole flying units fold up and are carried over the shoulder of one man. Certainly not a sturdy apparatus.

The phenolgy was a bit behind, although I should think we'll be back on track in no time with the warmth of Sunday and Monday and then today's seasonality. The leeks were still small on Saturday, but spring beauty is out in all it's glory.

As are the mourning cloak butterflies, and the hepaticas, too. Oh, but spring is a delight! I've got to find my sunscreen though. Between the hike on Saturday, and urban walk on Sunday, and field work yesterday, I am starting to get a little pink.

6 comments:

Nadine said...

Spectacular photos!

Nicole said...

Fabulous photos! Feels so good to have warmth and color, huh? Hope you have a great week!

Aliki2006 said...

I thought for a moment that *you* had gone hang gliding! But the pics are gorgeous--it was a great weekend here, too.

BerryBird said...

I don't think I am that brave, Aliki. It looked pretty scary.

Woman Warrior said...

wow! Could our spring walks be more different? I miss the kind you have- the kind that doesn't involve (literally) a million other people...

Jenny F. Scientist said...

Ooooooh.