News from the UNC General Alumni Association
Hang with Carolina on the Coast
The next mission
young alumni adventure: Take
Jockey's Ridge, continually changing, stands more than 100 feet above the town of Nags Head. At nearby Kill Devil Hills, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful
flight, and people to this day venture to this
giant dune to fly for themselves-with a little
help from the locals.
And with the help of the GAA, this fall
Carolina alumni have a special chance to leap
from the great dunes and make a short flight
over the sand.
The newest event in the GAA's young
alumni adventure program is set for Oct. 28.
Recent young alumni adventure offerings have
included backpacking, skiing and whitewater
rafting trips, and the new hang glieling expeeli-
tion to the Outer
Banks is one of
planned in this fall.
The trip spans
the last weekend in
October, with a full
day of hang glieling
on Saturday that
includes a one-
hour lesson by
Kitry Hawk Kites
and five solo flights
off the dunes.
will be treated to a
group meal at the
conclusion of the
day's events so par-
ticipants can com-
pare their experiences with fellow alumni.
With an instructor running at the participant's
wingtip, the first flights will average five to 15
feet above the ground and cover a elistance of
about 100 feet. And while that initial soar
through the air can create some anxiery and
Take flight from the sand dunes of
dge this October
nervousness, all is forgotten once the hang
glider is in the air, says Bruce Weaver, the
recreation director and flight school manager
at Kitry Hawk Kites.
"I tell them the hang glider is designed to
fly down the hill," Weaver says."It will fly
with you. After they've tried it once, the anxi-
ery is over, and they see how easy and fun it is.
They always go for all five flights, and it's
Check-in for the program, which is linllted
to 20 people, will begin at 1: 30 p.m. on Oct. 28
at Kitry Hawk Kites' training faciliry inJockey's
Ridge State Park, at Mile Post 11 in Nags Head.
The program cost is $90 for GAA members
and $120 for non-members; the fee covers all
instruction, equipment rental and meals.
Lodging is not included for the weekend.
Other young alumni events scheduled by the
GAA this fall include a sea-byaking outing
scheduled at Kerr Lake on Oct. 21 (fee: $35 for
GAA members, $50 for non-members); and a
rock climbing expeelition to be held on Nov. 4
at Pilot Mountain (fee: $25 for GAA members,
$35 for non-members). Both programs include all
the necessary equipment, instruction and a meal.
any ofthese offerings
via e-mail at
Seven Countries, 11 Days
Only the strong survive the poetic frenzy
It began with some jokes, of course. TIns is the sull1ll1er of voyeurism, after all, and being the generation that captained that
idea onto the airwaves with"The Real World,"
which led to "Survivor," we embraced the idea
that anyone of us could be voted off the
EuroFocus cavalcade at any time.
Cut my head offin a picture? Gone. Make
us late for dinner? Gone.
We were 23 people choosing to live together
on a bus for 11 days-as well as in hotels, boats
and one train from Paris to London.
Through seven countries, five lan-
guages and a nlind-boggling variery
of currency (" Is this a guilder or a
franc?" "What does tlns little copper
thing buy?"), we, the participants of
the GAA's young alumni trip to
Europe, were bound to each other
fromJuly 19 to July 30 whether we liked it or
not. Fortunately and not surprisingly, we elid.
At times, as we drove past windmills near
the view from Heidelberg
AnlSterdam, where we began our trip, we had
to rennnd ourselves that we had anything in
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