Here I was in a Duo Discus sailplane with instructor Elizabeth Russell Tattersall, flying out of SoaringNV in Minden, NV in July 2016. We were in mountain wave – way above the clouds! – with Lake Tahoe under the wing.
I took this photo from an L-13 sailplane flying over the Tetons in June 2011. Jackson Hole can be seen beyond Grand Teton.
Soaring means flying half a mile or more high in a long-winged aircraft without an engine, sailing a metal or fiberglass ship in a sea of air, dancing with clouds…. And enjoying the fun and fellowship of like-minded friends and fellow pilots at soaring operations, seminars, clinics, camps, contests and clubs.
My club is the Soaring Club of Houston.
I’ve held a Private Pilot – Glider rating since 2000, but I had to be inactive 2006-2010, due to life happening in spades. In 2011 I started soaring again. Besides the Soaring Club of Houston, I have managed to fly at Women Soaring Pilots Association Seminars in Dayton OH, Chilhowee TN, Moriarty NM, and Minden NV; at Air Sailing northeast of Reno, NV; in Marfa, TX, with Burt Compton of Marfa Gliders; in Driggs, Idaho, with instructor Sam Lea of Teton Aviation; and in LaGrange, Georgia with Charlie Finn of Southern Eagles, in their Scheibe SF-34, which was a cool sailplane to fly.