Taking Flight

I’ve always wanted to fly.

I often dream that I’m soaring over green valleys and desert canyons.  My frequent Topanga State Park hawk sightings leave me in awe, coupled with a twinge of envy.  I no longer have to request a window seat; at least four major airlines’ online booking systems are well aware of my preference.

Call it nature (my father earned his pilot’s license while in college) or nurture (I weighed only 7 lbs when my intrepid mother packed us up to visit relatives in Michigan), flying is in my soul.

That’s why I can think of no more poignant and thrilling way to commence this year-long endeavor than to literally fly over the City of Angels, my muse on this journey.

As the sun rises high above the Southern California mountains tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading to them — to take flight.

I’m going hang gliding.

And I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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22 Comments

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22 responses to “Taking Flight

  1. I can’t wait to hear and read all about it!

  2. And I can’t wait to share the experience with you!

  3. ryanicus

    Love the new format. Great job!

  4. claudia

    You go Girl! xoxoxo

  5. Billy

    I absolutely love the concept of this blog. Can’t wait to read the first entry!

  6. RobinNY

    As a parent, this activity is one I would want to know about after its successful completion. As a fellow adventure-lover (the two best words in the English language are “Road Trip”) I can’t help but be envious. Future suggestions: Hanging out at Tom Wolfe’s Pump House with whatever gang might still be there; Mt. Palomar for star gazing with a real astronomer; getting hired as an extra for a big budget film. Way to go !!!

  7. Brilliant, absolutely LOVE this. Will send you suggestions (for activities – any specific direction?) and will check back often!!! xo

  8. Katie777

    High-flyin’ and expanding horizons! I love it. Keeping the adventure alive for all us. You shine, gypsy woman!

  9. Jill Gully

    So proud of you for embarking on this year-long adventure! xo

  10. Thank you all for the continued inspiration and support. You KNOW how much it means to me!

    And to RobinNY, let’s just say that I would have sooner imbibed a liter of cyanide, laced with a quart of motor oil, than tell my parents about this excursion before it was successfully completed:)

    And LOVE your suggestions.

  11. Wow, hang gliding, how fun. Do U fly with eagles?

  12. Brooke

    whoo hoo! you finally did it. I’m SO thrilled you started your blog Ariane. Flying was the perfect way to kick it off b/c that’s EXACTLY what you’ll be doing from here on out with it. weeee!

  13. Lauren

    You are awesome! I plan to live vicariously through you! I can’t wait to see/hear what you do next!

  14. Caroline

    Love, love, love!!!

  15. Nancy

    Oh boy…..you are my hero. Mouth wide open amazed by what I saw Ariane. Love your zest for life…enjoy

  16. StandingRain

    LocalGypsy,
    Awesome, totally freakin’ awesome. I am soooo happy for you that you are living the life of a successful beautiful person. I was keeping a journal along with photos on a digital up until two months ago when someone broke into my car and stole the camera and took my book bag. I’ve been bumming ever since. Pictures of you and writings of you when you were here in San Juan Pueblo. At least ten years worth of memories gone, gone, gone. I think about you from time to time. Take Care always
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