Route 66

Up in the air, Junior Birdman.

When it’s 66 degrees in February — 66! — you get the hell out of the house, chores be damned.

There was all manner of human-power transportation going on out there this afternoon. People cycling. People running. People walking. People walking dogs. Big people carrying little people.

You are cleared for landing on runway … well, actually, it’s a trail, but go ahead, put ‘er down.

And people flying. Not in airplanes, or like Superman, but still.

I noticed the hang gliders drifting around the Sandia foothills as I rolled away from El Rancho Pendejo, but soon got engrossed in my own little outing and forgot all about them until I was cresting a hill on the way home.

Zoom, there one was, right overhead, and if I’d had an actual camera with me instead of a phone, why, you’d be looking at a closeup of him right now.

Instead, you have to settle for this miserable phone shot of him preparing to land while his buddy continued to bank lazily overhead. I will never be smart.

But you knew that.

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8 Responses to “Route 66”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Cool! We have a cliff face up in Miller Canyon that the hang gliders and para gliders use to launch. If they can catch a thermal, they stay up for hours. Repeat after me, a phone is not a camera.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve seen one glider up here pretty frequently, and I was wondering whether it might actually be an ultralight, since the pilot seemed to have no trouble maintaining altitude.

      But the one I saw coming in for a landing was just a wing with a dude in a sack underneath. He landed that thing with less effort than I use to unclip from one pedal. Mad skillz, yo.

      Looks like these folks launch off the Sandia Crest. Yow.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I think I saw Rancho Pendejo in this clip.

  3. Dale Says:

    If you saw someone trying to fly without nylon wings, they may have come from the White House.

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