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Just five weeks ago we were on a cruise from Tokyo to San Diego, California, with a two-day stopover in Hawaii. It was in Honolulu, that we signed on to a parasailing adventure.

Parasailing employs a specially designed canopy reminiscent of a parachute that is towed behind a power boat. It gradually ascends to 150 m (500 ft), 230 m (700 ft), or 300 m (1000 feet) as a cable is rolled out from the boat. I shot the photo riding in the boat and watching the young lady being lowered back into the boat. She had paid $70 for the 700 ft ascent, almost as high as a 70-story building. Two young men paid $100 each and ascended in tandem to 1000 ft or to the height of a 100-story building.

Postscript. A number of individuals asked me whether I went up in a parasail. Unhappily, I did not have the nerve but sponsored my granddaughter's ascent to 700 ft. I agree with Gert, I too would have paid 50 cents for myself.

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