Hello out there! Today I’m sharing Part 2 of my recent paragliding weekend in Interlaken. I know it’s been about 2 months since I posted Part I, but better late than never right? 😉
Because 1 day of paragliding is never enough, we decided to continue the fun-filled weekend with another day of flying over beautiful Switzerland. I have to say, I wouldn’t mind if every Monday started off like this one did.
Flying Over Wolfenschiessen
Our first flight was from Wolfenschiessen, which falls in the Canton of Nidwalden. Similar to what I said in my last post, I had flown in this area before, but from a different take-off point, therefore the views were different, but still spectacular. While the previous day was beautiful, this day was even clearer and brighter, making it the perfect day for flying.
We took the gondola up, and were greeted by a group of other paragliders at the top, all waiting for the wind to change direction before taking off. Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded just staying up at the top and enjoying the view, with alpacas nearby; the absolute perfect spot for a picnic!
Alas, it was takeoff time and again I was treated to incredible views of snowcapped mountains in the distance, and even a stunning waterfall! Although it was a rather short flight (only about 10 minutes), I enjoyed every minute of it. I mentioned in my previous post that I usually feel slightly motion sick when paragliding, but I was available to avoid it this time, which was probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed this flight even more!
After landing, we had a quick bite to eat courtesy of the woman whose house/farm is right near the landing spot. She prepares sandwiches, homemade mountain flower and herb drinks, cakes, ice cream, and other snacks and treats, which you grab from the refrigerator and then leave the correct amount of money in a bucket; a system based on trust to say the least. Even though we were now at the bottom of the mountain, the view was still great and a very peaceful spot to enjoy lunch while watching all the other paragliders in the sky, with people passing by on their bikes.
One of the things I love the most about paragliding is how friendly and warm everyone is. It is a very welcoming community, and everyone is always willing to help you if they can. From an outsider’s perspective, I would say that everyone is very open, laid-back, and inclusive, which only makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts on paragliding! Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more posts like this, or prefer something else! I’m always open to suggestions! And if you haven’t already, let me know if you’ve tried paragliding before and what you thought of the experience. I’d love to know!