Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas! Need another dose of Holiday Spirits!

Wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Need another dose of holiday spirits? Let Winter Bells seep into you soul!

winter bells

Friday, December 17, 2010

Epic VW Bug Floats!

A friend of mine once told me about how seaworthy a vintage Volkswagan Beetle was. She described how she drove it into a shallow river until the water lifted the Bug high enough so that the wheels weren't touching the bottom. The Bug would then drift down the river until she hit another shallow spot, at which point, she would finish the crossing by driving the car out of the river and onto the opposite bank.

Although, I had no doubt in her story, it still was very hard to imagine any car capable of doing this . . . until I found this Youtube video! This makes the vintage VW Bug truly an Epicview!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Del Mar - Beach Town with an EpicView!

Del Mar, California. Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this quaint, picturebook, seaside town, is exactly like what you would envision a Californian beach and surfing community would be like. It's home to the Del Mar Racetracks and the San Diego County Fair.

Most of the time, I drive right past this community on my way South to San Diego. Finally, one day I found myself just up the highway and was finally able to re-visit. The first stop was at the beach where 2008 SEO Think Tank was held. Right away, I saw something unforgettable!

Meet John King. He sort of dropped in while I was strolling along the beach.

paragliding clearing the fence
paragliding at the beach

soaring in a paraglider

Most people come to Del Mar beach to surf or swim in the waves.  Not John. He takes advantage of the wind hitting the bluffs to soar in his para-glider.

Ridge soaring can be tricky.  Too little wind and you lose lift — a fact that John demonstrated when he was forced to land on the sandy beach, instead of at his launch point on the bluff.  Too much wind and you get blown over the ridge.  But John knows what he’s doing.  He explains that there’s a point on the ridge that provides enough lift for him to turn around and head back.  Luckily, there’s a house with a flag right at that point, to help him mark the spot.

It was pretty amusing watching John bunny hop along the bluff until he came to the drop off . . . and up and away he soared!

Thanks to John, a typical walk on the beach turned into an EpicView!

Got any Epic para-gliding stories or pictures?  I'd love to hear about them!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Welcome to EpicView!

Bored. I am

The guide book listed the top attractions in the area.
I visited them all. Meh. 
And then, I saw this.
Wow! I've got to get me one of these!

Welcome to EpicView

Inspire Me!