Monday, 30 January 2012

PART 3 Clouds Hurt

We fall forever; turning summersaults above the clouds, when I look down all I see is a white fluffy blanket, what a rush. Farmer is with us the whole time capturing on film this experience. Every expression all the way down is captured for me to relive again and again. Soon we hit the clouds and let me tell you they hurt. The temperature drops and we begin to be pelted by ice pellets. All around is whiteness. Once we break the clouds the North Shore comes into view, the mountains, the ocean with the white caps and the airfield where we will be landing. Farmer waves goodbye as Wyatt opens our parachute and up we go. Another, change, this time to peace and calm. I look straight down my body at the ground below  It is like standing on a piece of glass and looking at the land far below your feet, that is when I realized that the only thing holding me in place is the harness I am wearing and being strapped to Wyatt.

I tease Wyatt about going right then left as he deftly steers the glider in circles. He whispers in my ear that I am being cheeky and so that I should take over the controls and so I do. I turn the glider in circles heading ever closer to the ground. About 200 feet off the deck Wyatt takes over and we land on the button. The landing is softer than jumping off a bar stool. There are 2 guys there to grab the chute and unhitch me from Wyatt. My feet are back on the ground and I am forever changed. I did it, I actually did it. I jumped out of an airplane.

Now 2 weeks have passed since this experience. I pull out the photos and go through the slideshow reliving every moment still in awe that I actually accomplished this and yes it was really me parachuting out of an airplane. I am not sure what my next personal challenge will be, but this will be hard to top.

I will end this by saying go out there and take the risk do whatever it is that you have dreamed of doing, seize the moment and go for it and yes I would do it all over again.

It has now been over a year and this really was a life changing experience. I have continued to challenge myself and gone on many adventures which I will be sharing with you as I lead up to my departure for Rome. This is a story that is still to be told so I hope that you will continue to follow along with me as I walk this path of adventure.

1 comment:

  1. Your sky diving story only gets better - I still get chills even thinking of jumping out of that plane. I'm so amazed that you did it! Looking forward to the next adventure.