I was determined that I was gonna hang glide this time. Just before I started to drive to Lookout Mountain. I found out that
there was a tourist attraction called "Rock City" on the east side of Lookout Mountain, where special rock formation created an
Gus (He passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2006) and I drove up to Chattanooga, TN, and then routed back to Lookout Mountain. We went through Rock City, and there was a few breath
taking views. We then drove down to the valley under Lookout Mountain, and I went on with my hang glide lesson.
Entering Rock City ...
Rock Cliff and Canyon everywhere.
Not sure whether some of these cracks are natural or not.
We went through these narrow cracks.
It's really tight ....
It is a very interesting scene.
Are you serious ?
Look at Gus ....
The trail led to the cliff side rock formation.
These are not goats, they called them white deers.
We will be going up and down through the big cracks.
Gus and the Mushroom Rock.
Me and the Mushroom Rock!
Just don't fall into one of these, OK ?
OK, we are going to walk through them instead.
Sky high bridge.
Me crossing the Swing-a-long Bridge.
Approaching the lookout on Lookout Mountain.
Gus on Sky Bridge
Me and Lookout ridge
Lookout @ Lookout Mountain
Water is coming out from a natural spring
View from the Lookout.
You can see seven states from here .....
Cliff hanging - Lover's Leap.
Crossing Sky Bridge again.
Seven States, Seven Flags, ... I think I missed one.
This is how tight it is.
Gus made it through, he was OK.
This one we had to kneel down a bit more.
Imagine how they built this in the 1930s
Gus looked out from the Lover's Leap.
Over see the waterfall from Lover's Leap.
Coming out from the gaintic rock slab.
I will be hang gliding in this valley ...
Waiting for my turn, ... but not on this one.
Sky was clearing up and it was getting warmer.
Yes. I am gliding on this one.
Me and Instructor Ryan were getting ready.
Start towing ....
Towing started, ....and ...
... into the blue sky ...
See me up there ?
Coming down already !
This was the powered plane that towed us up.
A very delicate aeroplane.
Gus didn't glide, ... but a picture will do.
This is not me. I took these pics after I landed.
Coming down the final turn.
Me in the Lookout Mountain Valley.
Taken from a camera mounted on the wing. Before we launched.
The whole hang glide thing is actually considered as a flight school. Technically I am the student pilot. The camera is supposed to be used for instructional
purposes. I guess the FAA wouldn't allow hang gliding as a tourist activity ... but it is actually run as advertised.
It was so good ....the view, and the wind....
In fact the wind was so cold that tears were coming out from my eyes.
Turning into the prevailing wind.
Over the nearby farm.
I am controlling the glide plane now..
We were maneuvering to line up where we were going to land.