For many years I have wanted to try paragliding. So as the weather conditions improved in Nelson I jumped on the opportunity to do a tandem jump from the hills of the Richmond Range just above Stoke. I got to dress up in this very flattering and slightly oversize fly suit, which I didn't really need as it wasn't cold - but at least I looked the part. Aaron got to wear a slightly more flattering suit that was straight out of Top Gun.
Helen in her oversize flying suit.
In the process of taking off.
Up in the air.
Views over Tasman Bay with Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park.
After about 45 minutes we landed back up at the top of the hill and it was Aaron's turn. Vincent took Aaron up on a flight, and instead of playing in the thermals they headed down the hill and landed on the edge of town. It was a slightly odd sensation at times - not too great on your stomach....
Aaron in a slightly oversize air force flying suit.
Photo taken while flying. Supposedly you have to have your feet in it to show you were up there!