When you first drive by it may not look like much. The first thing you notice might be a small crowd of people standing and sitting around by the fence, then you will notice a small sleek glider plane or two. Some days there are more people than others and some days there are also more planes than others. It is a club that gets together every weekend and most weekends they are offering glider plane rides for a fee.
Mel and I have gone on country drives for as long as we have known each other. And I remember driving by and looking fast and saying “Oh! There are the glider planes!” and then they would be gone. Recently we moved. We bought a house that has become our wonderful new home together just down the road from Richmond Field and not only do we drive by all the time but the planes fly over our house regularly. We find ourselves now spending our summertime weekend mornings sitting in the yard having coffee and watching the planes fly over and sometimes seeing the point at which the glider plane is released from the tow rope.
I think we may make a new habit of taking our lawn chairs and watching the planes take off and land at the actual field. We have always been welcomed when we have gone to watch from the sidelines. It is nice to hear the stories the guys tell and seeing the excitement (thrill of the unknown) of expectant riders and their awaiting families. If they are first timers there is some degree of nervousness but when they land and get out of the plane it is fun to hear the expressions of the thrill of the glide.
On this day it was 90+ degrees with a slight, most appreciated, breeze. Find a spot in the shade and bring plenty of water. It’s all good. Between waiting for planes I would venture out by the road to catch a few photos of the bikers who drive this particular strip heading to Hell and back often. My dream is to one day get that perfect photo of the bad ass Harley rider giving me the bikers wave. I got a few that participated in the fun!
My son, Aaron, could of been convinced to go up but you should know they don’t take credit card, only cash. There is an ATM machine in Gregory if you are inclined to be impulsive. I was told the rides could vary and range in price from $80.00 to $160.00. They seem to last about 30 minutes or so.
If you are interested in more info: https://www.sandhillsoaring.org/