A Very Special Day
By Maren Ludwig, Discover Paragliding!
Today started out as an apparent ‘blow out’ with the strong morning winds. But, sometimes fortune favors the adventurous, and today was definitely one of those days.
After a morning trip to the beach had sent us back to the shop for a few hours we eventually headed back out, quite surprised to find decreasing winds. Excitedly, we got our group together and set up for flight.
We were all excited because we had a very special tandem on the schedule today. Our passenger, Fred, a former champion extreme athlete, is now suffering from ALS and is confined to a wheelchair. Having the opportunity to share another adventure with him was a genuine honor and a pleasure. It’s hard so say who among us was having the better time!
To see it come together made everyone’s day! Fred is looking forward to his next time out as much as we are!
After Fred’s flight, we had another enthusiastic passenger anxiously waiting. 3 1/2 year old Jackson, the son of our new student Jacob. He had watched his daddy fly the day before and was anxious to do the same!
Only a two tandem day, but one with perhaps our youngest in spirit passengers, and one of our youngest ever (in age) passengers.
Sometimes fortune smiles…