While I was working at the Santa Ynez GliderPort giving glider rides at Windhaven on a summer day in 2004, an old friend came by with a big camera. Here are some pictures he took during our flight. I'm flying from the back seat, since our customers always get the front seat for the better view.

All photos on this page Paul Wellman.

Preflighting the Glider:

glider from wing

Releasing from the tow plane over the Santa Ynez Mountains:

Cruising over Santa Ynez:

Turning to catch a thermal for a ride up:

View of the Santa Ynez River:

The Santa Ynez Valley:

Final approach to Santa Ynez Airport (IZA) runway 26 over the Gainey Vineyard: