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Parasailing

New Zealand, Parasailing. Para-sailing is more of a novelty activity rather than a sport. Although it is possible for people with disabilities to para-sail in the U.S., it is much easier to do so in other countries, as other countries are far less litigious. There were 5 of us on the boat. I was the first to go up …

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Sailplaning 2

My friend John and I went sailplaning with the Fault Line Flyers in Briggs, Texas for a 2nd time. This time I flew in what is known as the Grob (pronounced grobe), pictured above. This is a high performance sailplane. It has perhaps a 30/1 glide ratio, which means for every 30 feet of forward movement …

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Sailplaning

Sailplaning, September 2007. My friend John and I went sailplaning with the Fault Line Flyers in Briggs, Texas. In the picture above, I’m sitting in the cockpit, Vince is behind me and Tom is holding up the end of the wing as we are being towed. Before we see the rest of the pictures, it’s time for a science …

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Sky Diving

I was the first wheelchair user that went skydiving in Belen. I jumped on two separate occasions from a 1943 World War II bomber trainer from an altitude of 15,000 feet with my instructor, Chris Salas. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving probably isn’t for you. San Marcos – For a good time, skydive San Marcos …

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Cliff Climbing

New Mexico. A Cliff Climbing Adventure. Our quest began with a 2 hour road trip from Santa Fe to Socorro, NM. Our destination was Box Canyon, 6.5 miles beyond Socorro. After driving on a dirt path to get to the bottom of the canyon, Jason lifted me out of the jeep and into my wheelchair. He turned me towards our …

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Sailing – Tenacious

A Wheelchair Accessible Square-rigger. This is the Tenacious, under full sail. This photo was taken by our Boson’s mate, Max. Captain John Fisher is showing me how to use the sextant for navigation. – Our skipper is very bright, patient, competent and an accomplished sailor. You should see him walk on top the …