The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $36 for a propelled paragliding discovery lesson for two with two tandem flights (a $90 value) and beverages (a $20 value; a $110 total value)
- $69 for a propelled paragliding discovery lesson for four with four tandem flights and beverages (a $220 total value)<p>
Pilot Dave Jewell introduces patrons to the harnesses and engines of powered gliders before helping them strap into a harness and glide on a 20-minute tandem flight over rolling countryside and down a stretch of Bear River. Motors allow the durable parachutes, otherwise designed to descend, to soar indefinitely and navigate open air as well as narrow canyons at safe speeds. After touching back to ground at Blue Sky Powered Paragliding’s campground, participants commune over soda and beer.<p>
Blue Sky Powered Paragliding
Breezes swirl down a corridor made by trees standing up to 100 feet and perched atop levees, which form the banks of the 200-year-old Bear River. Above rustling branches and the calls of nearby eagles, the hum of an engine cuts through the tranquil air. Dave Jewell of Blue Sky Powered Paragliding takes thrill-seekers—some as old as 80 years of age—soaring up to 500 feet above rolling, farm-dappled country and between Bear River's banks on propeller-powered parachutes. Though currently surveying Californian skies, Dave has led flights and organized clubs in Japan, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and France, and he continues to draw on knowledge of flight mechanics from extensive Air Force parachute training. Today, Dave takes off from 24 acres of campground, where a paragliding club meets occasionally to heckle poorly shaped clouds.
A sweeping bonfire pit, rustic picnic tables, and grassy swathes for RVs welcome campers waiting their turn to fly. Dave also mans a parachute and equipment shop where he conducts repairs and reanimates the corpses of dead kites. Dave insists that he never tires of his sport, as the weather and surrounding terrain are always changing, making his higher-altitude experiences "terrifying without being terrifying.” With a small wingspan, the motorized parachutes can also approach wildlife more closely than other aircraft; on one flight Dave found himself flanked by two bald eagles, beating their powerful wings just 20 feet away.