Flying like a bird has been my subconscious dream from a very young age. I was almost sure it was never going to materialize being hearing impaired and unable to handle radio communication if I were to learn piloting a small airplane.
Then hang gliding happened like a bolt from the blue sky. Living next door to Mission Soaring Center, one of the best hang gliding schools in the US, I gave it a try. Got my beginner rating (hang one) in Sep 2011 followed by my wife in November, and my life has changed ever since. Nothing else compares to the sensation of unpowered flight, without all the high tech gadgets and automation. I am forever hooked to the sky.