HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY GEORGE-EE...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
Mike celebrated his 50th birthday this past week! And we celebrated with fun, family and flying.
You read that right...flying!
I saved up and hired Utah Paragliding to take Mike on a tandem paragliding ride. They were awesome! Jonathan kept in touch with me throughout the week about the weather, and even texted me at 7 am with an update, and Hal did all the flying with Mike.
No one told Mike what we were doing, and if you know him at all, you know that may not have been the best idea. ~ANXIETY~! He stewed and worried about it for 2 days before, up until we pulled into the parking lot and I showed him a sign of where we were. I kept telling him I would tell him if he wanted me to, but he held tough and was relieved he was going paragliding and not having a surprise party for him. (Someday this man will trust me!!)
When I showed him the sign, Oakland asked what we were doing there. Cali said, "Papa's going to jump off that mountain."
"NOOOOO! I don't want Papa to jump off a mountain!"
I woke him up early so we could get to the site by 8:30.
It was REALLY windy up on top so he had to sign them in the van so they didn't blow away.
And everyone else hung out in the van waiting for him and Hal to get ready.
(Brandon, Alex, and TJ)
(Ash with a cold, red nose held by Kierra)
(Kierra holding Ash, Mo, Colby, Oak, and Cali)
Getting suited up
Hal and Mike walked down the hill a ways...
...Hal took the 'wings' out of their container and hooked each of them up...
...the fam got out of the vans long enough to watch...
...they took a few running steps...
...and they were off!!
I took this picture to show how far away they got at times. And to show the guy with the red wings; he just flew there. In that same spot. The whole time...
We got to watch a few hang gliders take off...
Mike and Hal did some see-saw moves...
This is a tandem hag glider taking off. Notice the dog...
That's the dog in the middle of the bottom of the picture. If the pilot isn't doing a tandem flight, the dog jumps on his back as he's takin off and goes on a ride with him. The lady in the blue coat had to yell, "NO!" "STOP!" until the 2 had actually taken off so he wouldn't jump on the pilot's back.
Then Hal and Mike swirled down, down, down...
...took 2 or 3 steps when they reached land and that was it! It was that easy!
After the 45 minute ride, he was all smiles.
I guess I did ok with his 50th birthday present!?!
And then the girls threw rocks! What a day!
We went home and vegged for a few hours, then we all went to lunch, including both sets of parents.
I love this man so much! He is my best friend and he makes me happy. I hope that at least for this day, he could feel some of the joy that he gives me!!!