Wichita, Kansas, Afghanistan
May 5, 2005
As we glided way above the world, we saw little goats and deer below and talked about the air currents that an experienced pilot could ride for hours or for many miles without touching down. But we touched down after about 40 of the most exhilirating minutes I've ever enjoyed.
My pilot was something of a show-off, wanting me to experience the dives, twists, and turns that made moments feel like a roller coaster ride without the track. When I told him I was about to vomit, he settled back into a sedate soaring over the gorgeous landscape.
If you haven't had the custom of stepping off 3,000-foot cliffs, you're in for a real treat. Very reasonable, at about $40 U.S. for a half-day trip. No experience required.
From journal Merida - Star of the Venezuelan Andes