Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ Category

HAM license and Radio

Posted by: Frances

February 20th, 2010 >> Educational, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

I took my HAM radio test today and passed.  I am now an official licensed HAM radio operator.  Wooo!  Hoooo!  I will post my call sign in a few days when I receive it.  I was given a HAM radio for Valentine’s Day and still learning how to use it and its capability.  It is a Yaesu FT270R.  Very excited.  Hang Gliding… Here I come!


Snow… Sledding… Snow ball fight… Snow man!!!

Posted by: Frances

February 13th, 2010 >> Outdoor Activities







The Dogs…


Posted by: Frances

February 12th, 2010 >> Outdoor Activities

It has been snowing all afternoon and evening.  I love it!  Went outside to play with the dogs in it and they went nuts.  Snow ball fights, here I come!



Charlotte, NC

Posted by: Frances

January 24th, 2010 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This weekend has been great.  We went to Charlotte, NC to meet up with some of Matt’s old college buddies.  We hung out all night at this bar called the Tavern on the Tracks.  It was a great place, very cozy, but yet spacious.  Watched a few of the basketball games and kicked back.  Had a few that decided crazy dancing was their calling that night, which made things quite entertaining.  Good times, good times.

We also attended the yearly hang gliding meeting for the South Carolina Hang Gliding Association Club and Matt was voted the President and Safety Officer.  Congrats to him!  This should be a great hang gliding year for all of us.  I should be able to finish my lessons, Tennessee Tree Toppers is having a ton of competition days, and the weather is going to be just right!  I just know it!

My 30th Birthday in Austin, TX with Family and Friends!

Posted by: Frances

November 3rd, 2009 >> Outdoor Activities

Well today I am going to work from 645am to 230pm, then getting on a plane with Matt and going to AUSTIN, TX (home)!!!  I am really excited to see everyone.  My family is throwing us October babies a big party on Friday night!  Then, on Halloween we are going to be heading down to Speakeasy on Congress Ave to see LC Rocks perform and see all my friends I miss so much!  Hope to see everyone there because I am only home for 3 days before flying back to good old Greenville, SC.

Fall for Greenville: Shooter Jennings

Posted by: Frances

October 19th, 2009 >> Concerts, Outdoor Activities

This weekend I went to Fall for Greenville to see Shooter Jennings live as well as J.J. Grey and Mofro.  This is a festival held each year to indulge in food and beer while listening to a selection of great live music.  It was a lot of fun and reminded me alittle bit of Austin.  Shooter Jennings was awesome on stage.  He sounds just like his daddy.


They also had wine tasting there and this was a fantastic wine for those wine drinkers out there.  It is Beauilieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and it is crisp and tasteful.   Also, if you like refreshing, soft, light wines, I really enjoyed the Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio.  It is white-gold with notes of pear, banana, peach, anise, and honey.  It was great to drink on this hot beautiful day.


Team Challenge Hang Gliding Competition

Posted by: Frances

October 19th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This was a week long event that took place in Dunlap, TN at the Tennessee Tree Toppers Launch site.  It was all about Hang Gliding and it was a blast.  Although I am not a solo Hang Glider Pilot yet, I was taught so much great information that will help me be a really great Pilot in the future.  They held all kinds of seminars such as learning how to use the GPS to ready the clouds and weather.  There was a wealth of information right at my finger tips because we had some of the most experienced, best, record holding pilots at this meet.  I met an amazing amount of wonderful people that I hope to see again in the future.  I also was able to camp the whole week which was fun and very pleasant to be away from the phone and internet and media and work for that long.  It was so relaxing, but very cold at night!  Below is the Team Challenge Crew:


I also was able to take a flight with Clark Harlow off the new ramp off the mountain that is about 1400ft above the landing zone.  Running off that ramp was very exhilarating.   Also, if you would like to take a soaring tandem Hang Gliding flight with Clark Harlow  go to


Asheville Brewgrass Festival

Posted by: Frances

September 20th, 2009 >> Outdoor Activities

The Boys at BrewgrassOn Saturday I went to the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC.  There were 40 breweries featuring 120 different kinds of beer.  I was the designated driver and did not drink.  I had a really great time and took pictures of all the nut heads I was with.  All of my Austin friends that love beer, i.e. Marcus and Libby, should come out next year for the festival.  The day started at 1230pm and we did not end up in bed until 130am, what a great full day of fun filled crazy events and excitement.  matt-and-francesFor instance, a few of the boys decided to do the drunken monkey dance and they all had a war of who can leave the best turtle bites under each others arms.  (Basically titty twisting, but on the under side of the biceps, OUCH!)  Above are some of the boys that came out to the Brewfest!  That night we all went out to dinner and I tried this new dessert.  It was fried oreos with vanilla ice cream covered with caramel and chocolate syrup.  Oh my it was super delicious!! A must try!

Sunrift Outdoors Store & Hang Gliding

Posted by: Frances

September 12th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

So this morning Ground Industries were out at the HUGE annual Sunrift sale selling there boards and supporting the store.  It was a great success and a lot of fun.  frances-on-launch-at-glassy-mountain-1

Then, Matt and I went out to Glassy Mountain for an end of the day Hang Gliding flight.  There were a bunch of other guys that also came out and only Matt got up to cloud base.  It was a fantastic flight for him.  We had a great day all around.  That is Matt’s new U2 glider behind me.

Hang Gliding and Mountain Boarding

Posted by: Frances

September 5th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities


I am officially one lesson closer to having my Hang 1!!! I went out to Lake Norman today for a boat towing Hang Glide lesson.  WOW!!! I had a blast!  I did get some air time and a really good lesson.  This is me fixing to take off out of the water.  I am being towed by a ski boat and a 125 ft rope.  LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!!  Highly recommend boat towing for lessons!


Then, as the day rolled on, I drove up to Beech Mountain Ski Park for a mountain boarding event Ground Industries hosted.  There was a deceit turnout and a good number of boarders doing some neat tricks.  Especially Barron doing his famous flip.  Everyone had a blast and the weather was PERFECT!

I had a full day today of driving across North Carolina, Hang Gliding, and enjoying the High Ground Event!

What a Great Great Day!