Last day of the trip, we stayed at the Grand Teton Village. We sent the kids to a fly fishing trip early in the morning. My hubby suffered separation anxiety and was restless. We had nothing else planned for ourselves till 2:00. Since it is a ski resort, we decided to take the tram to the top of the mountain just to do sightseeing. The tram, according to the operator, is the number one in the world. It offers the ability to rise 4,139 feet in 9 minutes and will take us to the top of the mountain in 15 minutes over 10,000 ft. As soon as we got to the top of the mountain, while admiring the beautiful scenery in front of me, I cannot resist the flashing memory that we spent about 7 hours climbing HuangSan in China. Yet in the Grand Teton Village, we have ascended to the same altitude within 15 minutes
The Tram operator noticed that we were the only non regular passengers in the tram. She recommended us to watch the people doing Paragliding over the hill. We happily obliged since I was interested to know how people do the Paragliding. As we were approaching the paragliding site, one of the guides yelled that they had two spaces available and whether any of the pass by persons was interested. My hubby and I said “Yes” simultaneously and other family’s two daughters wanted to do so as well. The two girls took the available space; therefore, we had to wait for the guides with the equipment to be sent up to the mountain. While waiting, we also noticed a little boy, called Beau, probably around 5 or 6 years old, sitting on the ground whimpering. A guide was sitting by his side and comforting him. It turned out that his parents booked the tour for his brother, sister and him. Both of his sister and brother were very excited and were getting ready to fly.His Mom was busy taking pictures of his brother and sister taking off. After a while, the mother turned around and told the boy:” Beau, your father just called and he said your brother and sister really enjoyed the fly, they were very happy and he wanted you to do it”. The boy nudged his butt and shaking his head whimpering. I cannot help but blurting out comforting words:” oh, you are ok, you can do it when you are bit older.””You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.” However, his mother did not want any of it. She kept on pushing the boy and the boy was still whimpering while the guide put gears on him. She kept on saying the he would enjoy it once he got into it. I kept on comparing and contrasting how Miles’ mom pushed Miles to do white water rafting and noticed the drastic difference each mother treated and pushed the kids to do the activity. Hopefully the boy enjoyed the trip.
Anyway, I was really excited and wondered how jealous my boys would be when they found out what we did. Our guides finally arrived. My hubby was not too comfortable taking the pictures while flying, but I want to capture the moment. Therefore, with the camera hanging on my neck and paragliding equipment strapped on my shoulder, I ran downhill with my almighty strength. With the wind blowing, I was suddenly lifted off. “Wow, I am off in the air”. We were flying with the wind whopping around my face. I was frantically locating my husband and snatching pictures. Since my hubby is heavier than me, he is flying at the lower level all the time. I heard him screaming out joyfully with each twist and turns and I was busy snatching pictures. Suddenly, the old enemy of motion sickness crept upon me. I had to ask the guide to stop performing stunt and descend so that I could land safely on the ground. I collapsed on the ground as soon as we landed, unable to move till my hubby drove the car to pick me up…
Picturees on Paragliding
Pictures for animals we saw
Grand Teton National Park
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