My photos this week are of me when I went sky diving - this was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. I had to take a day long training class in preparation and then they made us wait a week to do our first jump. I think they did that because they figured you'd come back only if you really wanted to make the jump. I really wanted to do it. The guy friend who took the class with me did not go back. :-)
That plane behind me is the plane they took us up in - it held the pilot, the instructor and 3 of us who wanted to jump. Since I was the smallest person, they crammed me in the back of the plane. It was so cramped in there. I remember how cold and windy it was as we gained altitude and since I was the furthest back, I was the last to jump. When I stood in the doorway and looked down, it was a long way down. But when the instructor hit my leg and shouted "jump" I didn't think twice - out I went. And for a few brief seconds I was a bird - arms and legs spread out and I could feel the wind rushing against my chest and then "poof" the parachute opened and I was floating on air. I pulled the strings to maneuver around and just took in the view - you can see for miles from up there.
All too soon I hit the ground, surprisingly close to the landing circle. Hit the ground, roll and grab the parachute. Except the wind caught the chute and since I barely weighed 100 pounds, it dragged me down the landing strip on my back until I could flip over and get control of the parachute. Wow - what an experience!
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