I mentioned to you just yesterday that around the corner from the Scripps Coastal Reserve is the Torrey Pines Gliderport, where adventure seekers have the opportunity to take flight over some of San Diego's most beautiful scenery. After my visit to the Scripps Coastal Reserve, I joined my sister and husband at the Gliderport to sit down and watch some of these risk takers take off from the starting point:
As you can see from the poster above, paragliders pay $150 for a flight and hangliders pay $200, both with the assistance of a tandem instructor. At any given time you will find the Torrey Pines paragliding cliff filled with eager adventure goers awaiting their turn:
The wait will be worth it because here is just a glimpse of what the adventure seekers will be seeing during their scenic flight:
We found that we weren't the only ones who had the great idea to stake out a seat at the Gliderport and watch the gliders take flight. There were many others there with seats and blankets, taking in the views and enjoying the scenery. At this location, there just so happened to also be a musician entertaining the people with great music as well as the Gliderport Cafe which happily serves up food and drinks to keep your stomach satisfied while you hang out at the Gliderport.
Here's another perspective from the Gliderport looking left out toward the Scripps Coastal Reserve from where we came. Every few minutes, a new glider seemed to jump from the cliff, floating slowly off into the distance and then back again:
That seems like a pretty great view of the Pacific if you ask me. I've been paragliding before in Hawaii, but this is a whole other experience, as you are not attached to a boat below. Instead, you are literally flying through the air, just like the birds.
The Torrey Pines Gliderport has been around since 1928 and has remained one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Diego. If you ever find yourself in San Diego with the urge to paraglide, be sure to check out this company at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.