The Hudson Valley is a hang-gliding mecca, attracting practitioners from Brazil to Turkey. It's also the perfect place for solo immersion therapy (gliding is a lonely sport). Learn the ropes with Fly High Hang Gliding, in Pine Bush. You'll spend two days turning 20 feet above a training hill and planning a future flight from 1,000-foot launch points in the Catskills. Post-class, get a pilot's discount at the Catskill Mountain House, 30 miles away in Napanoch.
EXPENSE REPORT Two-day lesson: $300 (flyhighhg.com). Night at the Catskill Mountain House (catskillmountainhouse.com): $120. Sole dinner at the White Wolf, in Napanoch (845-647-4200): $25. Two turkey subs at Peter's Market, in Napanoch (845-647-6990): $12. Total: $457