The architecturally interesting Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, sits on a stunning property with views over the ocean cliffs.
(Note: Salk is buttoned up these days due to their COVID- 19 research. They are working on vaccine development, viral imaging and immunity studies. Guards are patrolling and visitors are not allowed. Thank you Salk for what you do).
Next to Salk is the Torrey Pines Glider Port.
A couple steps and you are off the cliff,
with the birds,
helicopters and planes,
over the ocean,
Sailing off into the sky,
seems so freeing, except for the cliffs and rocks below!
We started down here with a plan to drive up the mountains you see reflected in the lake, on an unpaved forest service road, to an infamous hang-gliding drop-off point, on Mount 7 in Golden, Canada.
Views above the tree line on the way up.
The drive up took a couple hours.
Finally reached the summit. Quite a view, even on a cloudy day.
The kinda place where you don’t want to accidentally put your rental car in drive and lurch a few feet forward!
Informative map showing wind directions and where not to land i.e., “Don’t land in the Canadian Pacific switching station.” No s@#% Sherlock! (Click to enlarge and read map).
Memorial to two hang gliders who didn’t make it.
Just a few steps to the drop. Gave me the heebie-jeebies to just walk out on the platform!
It’s a very long way down!
Even on an overcast day, I’m sure it is a beautiful ride!