Taken any Good Risks Lately?  

warmandsexy52 66M
7186 posts
10/23/2005 4:43 am

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Taken any Good Risks Lately?

Are you a risk taker? There’s a thing about AdultFriendFinder that suggests that a lot of us are, even if we care to deny it. So what sort of risks are you taking and how far are you prepared to go?

Of all those who learn my favourite outdoor pursuit, possibly with the exception of sex in the open, I reckon less than one in twenty will continue for any length of time. For me to free-fly has become part of who I am. Every now and again there’ll be a scary moment that’ll challenge it, but ultimately it doesn’t change anything. I like being up there with the birds.

It’s the worst flying season in the UK at the moment - either too much wind or none. I went flying yesterday, even though it was at the end of an exhausting week and I was a little tired. There was too much wind, and it was too westerly, so I waited and waited. No one else was flying. A couple of flying friends came, waited and went down the hill again, not even unpacking their kit.

However, I had unpacked my paraglider, and like the samurai sword needing to be blooded, this canopy needed to be aired.

In the end I waited two and a half hours, regretting leaving my camera in the car. I opened my wing out in the wind and it pulled with the force of a stallion. Quick thinking and good training got it under control but I realised these were strong conditions. A little scary even. I almost walked down the hill.

Then someone else came up and took off. I watched his glider in the sky, every move, how secure the canopy was in the wind, whether he was struggling ‒ in short he was my lemming! He had a hard time in the strong conditions, but he made it, so I decided to pluck up the courage and go. I had made a promise to think of a dear friend as I launched, which I did.

The wing opened itself in the wind, one or two light tugs on the appropriate lines and she’s eager to get airborne. Up she comes and I run uphill to meet her. She’s directly above my head and…..

Wow! Shot up two hundred feet almost vertically in seconds and then realised that there was only about 3 mph between my glider's speed and the windspeed, which was also gusting. Dangerous to spend too long up but a real challenge. I decided that a little flying about and land back by the car was the name of the game and after a bit of soaring, sidewinded crosswind to get there, remembering all the hazards below ‒ trees, roads, powerlines, a river, a railway line, all of which could consign me to history. Lots of height to lose, even away from the hill, and an unforgiving wind which meant 100% control. Saw my car, like a little silver toy, hundreds of feet below and the high wind was keeping me aloft. Pulled the tips of my wing in (called big ears), which reduced the effect of the wind and put me into an almost vertical descent, landing neatly twenty yards from the car. Stepping out of the sky like a butterfly landing on a flower.

I was no longer tired, but thrilled, excited, exhiliarated. Flying at the very edge was dangerous, challenging and larger than life. I'd got my boots off the ground. I’d flown. Was it stupid and dangerous? Yes. Was the risk worth it? Every bit.

My Jiminy Cricket is appalled with me. I didn’t listen to my inner coward and have got into trouble previously on that score.

Not my only risk in the last week, but the only one I’m blogging about.

So, my friend, what is the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?

Do tell.


warmandsexy52 66M
13164 posts
10/25/2005 12:05 am

Angel, what a risk to take - to travel all that way for a very special someone. How special you must be to him and my guess is that he too is yearning for, even craving that moment of meeting. Such an adventure, a truly great quest. I'm with you all the way on this one .....

~Warm


SweetDarlinAngel 41F
2996 posts
10/24/2005 4:49 pm

Warm~

I haven't taken it yet, but there's a very special someone that I intend to travel a great distance to meet one day soon. When I do, I think that he will show me and take me places that I have never been and thought or dreamed of seeing, in return I will show him things about life he never dreamed he he's have the courage to do.

Together, we will take risks. A different type of risk for each of us. Mine to travel so far for such a special meeting, his to live life so freely but the rewards will be with us both long after we have said goodbye. I look forward to the days we are able to spend together face to face. Every day they draw nearer. Someday...

For now, my risks are only in my future. But that is good enough for me.

~SDA

~Angel


warmandsexy52 66M
13164 posts
10/23/2005 11:01 am

Thank you for the insight, dear saddletrampsk. Life at the edge has such sweet delights that lie not elsewhere!


saddletrampsk 55F

10/23/2005 10:21 am

I take a risk everytime I meet my lover..but the thrill of getting caught is part of the excitement I suppose..


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