Sunday, April 3, 2011

Parasailing at Torrey Pines

Okay, he has a bucket list. I really didn't know he wanted to fly, guiding himself only by pulling a handful of colored wires.  We met two ladies on Coronado Island yesterday who told us about this hang-gliding, parasailing cliffs at Torrey Pines and the excitement began. 

It was a cool, overcast day with lots of "air" so he insisted we make the inquiry after a few short minutes looking around the golf course at Torrey Pines.  The cliffs are really high here and we watched others glide about.

Torrey Pines Golf Course. Along the Pacific Ocean cliffs.
We were distracted for a few minutes when we found the nude beach with the binoculars (it was a nude beach -- we just didn't stare).

This is the nude beach area. 
Really too far down for a good look without binoculars. 

Yes, it was really high and steep.

Hey, this does look easy. 
All you do is ride.

Parasailers sometimes land on the beach below and then have to pack up the sail and haul it back up.
Really good parasailers land on the cliffs from where they took off...
We sat in the breeze among the few spectators high on the cliff and he studied the sign.

Reasonably priced...
But will the life insurance pay?

This guy makes it look easy enough.

He's decided to take the leap.
Now just a little training...

A short training course is all that's needed...

And he's off!

Flying with pelicans!

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I finally pulled "the bird" off the cliffs and we continued our ride north along historic US Highway 101 all the way through Cardiff By The Sea to the southern edge of the US Marine Corp's Camp Pendleton. Cardiff wasn't much as a town, but the sign was colorful and "photoworthy" --

Great old building across the street from the pizza parlor where we ate at Carlsbad.

We'd driven quite some distance.
Time to return to San Diego at the end of the day.
If you believe any of the parasailing lies I've told here, let me tell you about a "can't miss money making scheme" ....  No, he really didn't parasail.  Just joking.

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