Summer Fun Photos, Week 9 – Hang Gliding…

It is my goal to have fun this Summer with my family, and try to capture it all on camera in the process.

Look up in the Air – its a bird, its a plane…


A couple of weeks ago we were driving in the car when Chloe asked me out of the blue, ‘Mom, have you ever gone hang gliding?’.

Well no, I had never even thought about it to tell you the truth! I started to ponder this, and realized – well, why not?!

After a quick look on my phone to see if there were any places in the area, I was soon on a call to get more information. And shortly after that, I had a date booked.


Now for those of you who don’t know me – I am not extremely adventurous by nature. I am not one of those people who live for the thrill and enjoy going cliff diving and getting my adrenaline pumping. Rather the opposite, I actually hate flying and am pretty terrified of heights.

But as I looked at my daughter and thought about her simple question to me, I knew I wanted to do it. Not just to show myself that I could, but to show her that you can do anything. Nothing should hold you back – especially not fear.

Naturally as the day drew closer, I started to get some butterflies. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I knew what I wanted, I wanted to LIVE life. To try new things, and to show my daughter that you can and will do many different things in your life! And never to let fear stop you.


The runway was in the middle of a cornfield, which was pretty funny to me. And what nobody told me, an airplane actually tows you up. Say whaaaaaaaaat?!


Probably better – because I don’t know if I would have had the nerve to jump off a cliff. Here I am making a funny face simply covering up the fact that I am actually rather nervous.


 And away we go! Did I mention that it was a windy day? Made for interesting take off and landings. Ha!


More than 2,000+ feet in the air, and just in awe of God’s marvelous beauty. I think what strikes you most as you are up there, is that you have absolutely no control. It’s kind of like being out in the middle of the ocean, it is just bigger than you. You get to see a larger picture, and realize that life is about so much more than just you. Higher than the birds, the ocean to your left and the bay to your right, and you are just coasting. Every time a wind pocket comes along, your belly does a little dip and you say a little prayer. You are awestruck, and slightly terrified, and amazed, and trying to take it all in…because you know you are NEVER going to do this again. And when the instructor asks if you want to do any of the more adrenaline pumping moves, you scream NO! Ha!

It was amazing, and my husband was so proud of me…


And let me just say, I am so thankful I went first! I don’t know if I could have kept my nerve up if I haden’t.



And just for perspective as to what it looks like from the ground…


And they weren’t done climbing.


I may have been scared, and I may never do it again. I even had a brief notion that it might cure me of my fear of flying. I don’t know if that happened. But I am happy I did it. I am happy I am still living life. Every day.

Fear will never hold me back. Not now, not ever. I will try over and over again if need be. What’s the worse that can happen? You fail? Big deal. (umm…let’s not talk about the worst that could have happened in this case – there was a parachute okay!? Lol) But seriously, I consider this life well lived.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Wow! That looks thrilling to do. I’ve always equated hang gliding around here with what they do off of Jockey’s Ridge in the OBX. What you did is a whole ‘nother level!

  2. says

    Wow. I don’t do heights. But when you said you won’t let fear hold you back, thanks, I needed to hear that. Maybe I should stop being afraid of sewing with knits. Just go for it. Oh, and isn’t it amazing what God has created for us?
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    My daughter and my dad did this same thing in Switzerland and had a GREAT time. Love that you went ahead a did it. That is so awesome. That and zip-lininng are one of the things I really would like to do, when I get some of this weight off of me—seriously, don’t want to endanger myself or others at the size I am—so this is definitely a goal I WANT to and CAN achieve.
    Bless your little girls heart….out of the mouths of babes, you know!

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