Elberta Beach During the Hang Gliding Heydays

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    Not a lot of beach that year (and the water was high), so there was not a lot of room to land! Then you had to hope folks would Get Out Of The Way! (And usually they did, as they were mostly hang gliding families or followers.)

    Taken at the Elberta beach on Lake Michigan in the late 1970s. Scanned slide taken with a Canon EF.

    farlane and Roxie Lune added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Happyhiker4 52 months ago | reply

      That is amazing. The water must have been high?

    2. Trish P. - K1000 Gal 52 months ago | reply

      Wow! Those are some serious contraptions!

    3. forestlady 52 months ago | reply

      Oh my gosh. I've never seen such a crowd on this beach.

    4. jimflix! 52 months ago | reply

      Happyhiker4 -- Yep, the water was high that year, so there was not a lot of room to land!

      Many shapes, sizes, and designs. Then see the next photo for the latest design.

      It was quite a time during those hang glider festivals!

    5. k2sleddogs 52 months ago | reply

      I love these old pictures. The good old days!

    6. Alex MacInnis 52 months ago | reply

      Awesome scene - thats a huge crowd!! ;oP

    7. GermanDragon 52 months ago | reply

      I remember those days, when our family was vacationing in Frankfort on Labor Day Weekend. Would scramble to get the video camera out to tape them flying overhead!

    8. farlane 52 months ago | reply

      Hey there - featuring this todaon on Michigan in Pictures.

      What a scene!!

    9. jimflix! 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks, they were, and me too!

      Thanks, it was good time!

      GD -- time to pull out those old videos and put them on YouTube!

      -- Cool, thanks, Andy! And thanks everyone for all your comments.

    10. Dorn Gallatin 52 months ago | reply

      Nice retro lookback!! Cool History!

    11. farlane 51 months ago | reply

      Hey Jim - also blogged this to Hang Gliding in Michigan on Absolute Michigan. Thanks again for adding to the Absolute Michigan pool.

    12. jimflix! 23 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Dorn and Kevin.

      Thanks for the blog entry!

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