Archana’s post flight enthusiasm was contagious and made us all smile. “Awesome, awesome, awesome” is what she exclaimed as soon as she landed and thanked Anand for encouraging her to give it a try.
We had a great turnout on the weekend with students coming in from Kerala, Bangalore, Kodikanal, Pune, Gujarat and Mumbai. Being summer the winds are strong in the early afternoon and the paragliding training and the solo flying starts later in the evening.The days are spent chilling in a cosy nook within the guesthouse, or the garden or by the lake with a bunch of fellow students and pilots. Students pilots and guests enjoyed an idyllic weekend exploring the garden, the lake and the paragliding site by day and joining the gathering on the roof for dinner and interesting conversations.
Holi at Native Place and Nirvana Adventures was a treat – lots of colour , excitement, running chasing, splashing and squealing and hosing down . The weather was another story all together. The winds turned east n the morning and we scrambled back to Shinde tekdi with the Elementary Pilot Paragliding students where things went on quite well.
Once airborne and high above it i began to reminisced about the years gone by as i gazed out at the horizon remembering the many joyful times we have spent here and the amazing experiences we had here – juggling babysitting my son and first flights, leaving the hill and landing out, vulture and peregrine falcon spotting, interacting with the local kids, fighting summer fires, celebrating end of pg season parties,
Bringing in the New Year on a high, quite literally, was on the agenda for 2017. . The usual suspects gathered at Tower hill and monkeyed around while we waited for the right moment to take off. And it wasn’t just the adults excited to fly. The youngest member of the Nirvana family was one of the first to take off. And his enthusiasm was definitely infectious!
We had a surprise visitor at the Saturday night pilot get together at Native Place the other week. It was a night flying enthusiast of a different sort or should i say a winged creature of a different classification – a beautiful Indian Moon Moth. Nirvana Paragliding weekend
We had an awesome end of season celebration last weekend with pilots and well wishers dropping by from all over. Pilots gathered at Native Place in the morning and the excitement of meeting familiar faces and catching up with old acquaintances lent a happy holiday feeling all around.
At take-off, I had to wait quite a bit as winds were cross and I was wondering why all those Pilot uncles were sitting down and feeling so sad while Kavya and I were having so much fun. My dada says that this is called Parawaiting….well, Parawaiting is fun!!! Kavya and I danced and explored the place with my Mom
Vrinda whipped up some delicious gajar halwa (desert) on Sunday afternoon after which we took off the Shelar site for some Sunday sunset flying. I clocked in my longest flight yet at 2 hours 10 minutes! We returned sated our smiles reflecting fulfilling flights 🙂