Archive for May, 2010

Great Smoky Mtns Nat’l Park & Blue Ridge Pwy / My NEW HARNESS & 9m Pulse

Posted by: Frances

May 30th, 2010 >> Hang Gliding, Holidays, Outdoor Activities

This has been a very eventful weekend!  The weather was awful, raining and dark so flying was not really looking good for the weekend at Lookout Mountain or Hensons with the Tennessee Tree Toppers.  Matt and I drove to Lookout Mountain Flight Park to pick up my new harness.  I bought a GT cross country harness from them.  It fits perfect!  It is snug and very comfortable.  I also finally had the opportunity to set up my Airwave 9m Pulse hang glider!



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We also went to Maryville, TN to visit one of Matt’s College friends.  We went to Aubreys for dinner and hung out.  On Sunday we took the long route to Asheville, NC to see Matt’s mother.  We drove thru the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and made some fun stops along the way.

We also drove down part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The weather was cool and slightly sunny with lots of clouds.  The views were amazing.






Fly-In at Glassy Mountain

Posted by: Frances

May 23rd, 2010 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This weekend was the Fly-In at Glassy Mountain.  On Saturday there was a good turn out of people that came to fly.  I believe John Ray had the longest flight.  Most everyone else had a sled run or flew for just a little bit then landed.  The weather was great even though the wind was not exactly giving us prime conditions to fly.  The last few days for me have been frustrating because my eye has been giving me lots of trouble.  As a result, I was not able to set up my glider or do any runs off the training hill either.  I was very bummed!  I met some great people though!  We also had a great confetti egg fight to end the evening between Matt, Noah, and I.

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Matt on launch:


Sunday (today), the weather was not showing the right wind direction, but there are people flying from what I understand.  I stayed home because I am still not quite feeling up to my normal self.  Hopefully, I will hear some great stories later this evening.

Austin, TX

Posted by: Frances

May 20th, 2010 >> Concerts, Travel

Matt and I arrived in Austin, TX on Friday May 14, 2010 at 9:30am.  We had to get up at 4am eastern time and fly!  Early Early Early!!!   When we arrived we went to Kerby Lane Cafe for some lunch with Casey and Jackie.  This is a local restaurant here in Austin that has a great reputation for their food and service.  Matt tried their signature Bloody Mary and couldn’t stop raving about how good it tasted.

Then, Matt and I went to visit with one of my closest friends… Brent!  We all hung out at his condo and relaxed.

Dinner at my parents house was too follow that included some knock out lasagna and chicken alfredo.  Yummy!!!

To wrap up our first day in Austin, Matt, my parents, my aunt and uncle, two of my cousins and their other halves, my sister and her husband, and all of my closest friends went to Sherlock’s Pub for a night of entertainment from LC Rocks. Their video is at  We all had a fantastic time!! I was so happy that they all came out with me to meet everyone and just hang out.  I can safely say I think everyone had a great time.

My immediate family at Sherlocks.  I promise the extended family is there too…


On Saturday, we all attended my brother’s wedding reception.

On Sunday, Matt and I went to see Iron Man 2 in the IMAX in Pflugerville.  I really enjoyed the movie.  I thought the CGI was a little much during the fighting scenes.  I think it should have been slowed down a bit.

I had a great weekend at home and enjoyed seeing all of my family and friends.  I can’t wait to see them all again.

The picture below is my dad, my sister, and I


Up in the Air

Posted by: Frances

May 7th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

I finally saw the movie Up in the Air with George Clooney.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It was not traditional or your classic love story.  I laughed some and saw a different perspective on a few things I never thought about.  It is about two people that work for a company to lay-off employees by traveling all over the United States.  If you like George Clooney, I think you will like this movie.