I'm so proud of myself. I've said for years that for my 30th birthday, I wanted to throw myself out of a plane and know what it felt like to fly. Well...now I know...
We arrived at the airfield at 10 am on Saturday morning and had to watch a 20 minute video. The last half was prep information, telling us what would happen while we were up in the plane. The first half was letting us know that...well...we could die. That didn't make any of us nervous at all. Uh. Uh.
After the video, we had to wait while a few of the earlier people completed their jumps. It was nice to see them all come back with smiles. And walking back with no broken bones. ;) While we waited to get suited up, Josh and the kids, Coby's family and Dustin joined us.
|Avery and Bay practicing for their jumps. :)|
|Peanut...ever the comedy act!|
|Luke and Avery checking out the inside of the practice plane.|
|You put your right foot in...and do the hokey pokey...|
|The instructors cracked up when I told them that the harnesses felt like the world's most uncomfortable diapers.|
L to R: Sam, Bek, Me, Avery, Colin, Coby
|Bek ready to go and my super wedgie. ;)|
|Me and my munchkins, while our plane was being fueled up.|
|The girls, ready to go!! |
L to R: Coby, Me, Bek
|Me and the Man|
Guess we'll never know what he would have spent all that life insurance money on... ;)
|Dustin and Bek|
|Most of Coby's cheering section.|
L to R: Maison, Vern, Coby
|One last hug from Mommy|
|Ry cried all morning. She was pretty sure I was going to die.|
|I forgot to hug Josh...till he called out to remind me. Whoops!|
|Yep. Totally sitting on Colin's lap and trying not to feel awkward about it...|
Then...the plane leveled out...they opened the clear door...the two solo divers that had come along for the ride with us dove out...
...and reality hit me.
I blinked for SECOND and Coby and Avery were gone. I never saw her exit the plane at all. Then, Bek's camera man was hanging on the outside of the plane and Bek and Sam scooted toward the door. Within seconds, they were flying through the air and I realized...I was the only one left.
There was no time to think. Or be scared. Or back out. Within seconds later, we were at the door, with my toes over the edge of the plane and a couple seconds after that, Colin nudged me out. I closed my eyes as I felt myself pitch forward, but as the cold air smacked my body, I opened them and found myself staring at the ground, 13,000 feet away.
I assumed that I would scream. I assumed that I would yell expletives through the air. I assumed I would be afraid. I was none of that. I was amazed. I was caught up in the experience of flying through the air at speeds that I had never traveled at, before. I was feeling the cold air whipping past my skin and laughing inside at the permanent smile that the speed had plastered on my face. I was enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Then Colin pulled the rip cord, with no warning...WHAT A RUSH!! As we settled to a slower pace with the chute out, I told him how amazing it all was. He released our hip connectors, giving me some feeling back in my legs. Then he released the chest strap, so I could breathe a little easier. At the point, I begged him not to release any more straps...after all, he was the one with the chute... ;) He promised that he wouldn't, and he proceeded to show me how to steer the chute into several spirals, as we slowly descended. As we came in for the landing, he told me to bend my knees, until he told me not to, as he was going to try to land on his feet. I knew this was going to be comical...the whole height difference and everything. But, here...why don't you watch all my fun?
Crazy, isn't it? Here are some of my favorite shots that the camera man got, while we were flying...
|"Yeah...so, uh...we're going down there, huh?"|
|Care to try for a flip?|
|BEST. PICTURE. EVER.|
Upside down...under a plane.
|See? No warning that he was pulling the ripcord!|
|Floating in, for the landing.|
|Colin and I...safely on the ground!|
To which, the only logical response is...