Go hang gliding just outisde of Houston

You can right here in the Houston area
November 20, 2013 3:33:45 PM PST
We are taking to the skies for a little hang gliding. It's being done about an hour outside of Houston, near Sealy.

We're checking it out at Cowboy Up hang gliding.

The first couple steps can look awkward, but when the tow line tightens and they race into the air, it's a totally different story.

"It's very peaceful," said Nathan Dexter, who owns a skydiving business. "It's human flight. It's what we all dream about."

It's just a short drive from Houston. The founders of Cowboy Up hang-gliding just set up shop, moving to Texas from Wyoming.

"Right now, there's about three feet of snow in the valley in Jackson Hole, so it's too cold," said Bart Weghorst with Cowboy Up hang gliding. "Here in Texas, you can do it year round."

Alongside Weghorst, Dexter is learning the ropes.

"I just threw him out of an airplane," said Dexter. "He's teaching me how to fly."

A lot of people think about hang gliding and think of someone jumping off a cliff. The advantage of doing it this way is that more people can do it.

"We've taken up people who have Lou Gehrig's Disease, who've had cerebral palsy," said Cowboy Up co-founder Tiki Mashy, who's been gliding for more than 30 years.

She was inspired, believe it or not, by Sally Field in the movie 'The Flying Nun.'

"When I saw her fly, I said, "Oh my God. That's just how i want to fly. I want to fly like a bird,'" she said.

Now, she and Weghorst are teaching texans to fly like birds.

"We, in ten years, have over 3,000 2-place flights," said Weghorst. "We've never put a scratch on a single person."

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