The sun was glimmering off the ocean below and I felt a warm breeze on my face. As I turned for final approach I scanned the beach below for hazards. There are certainly no lack on them; a volleyball net, palapas, rocks, palm trees, buildings, pools and beach goers paying no attention to us flying above. I finally got to do my first beach jump, which has been on my list of… Read More
If you saw my last post, you know I am working towards my solo certificate in skydiving. I am officially two jumps away! One more from altitude followed by a hop-and-pop from 3,500 feet. After exiting from 14,500 on all jumps so far, there is something scary about the idea of jumping so low. After my solo certificate I will work towards my ‘A’ license and all the associated skills. I also… Read More
“The thought of leading a boring existence might be even more frightening than the idea of jumping out of an airplane at 15,000 feet.” “Indeed, some experts have suggested that taking risks, ironically, may bring periods of welcome abandon to individuals who have trouble letting life “just happen.” I stumbled upon an article on risk taking behaviors while googling skydiving. The two above quotes describe me frighteningly well. So maybe this will… Read More
The look as I tell people I went skydiving again is something to behold. But why? Didn’t you just go? Why would you want to do that again? Most people can understand one jump, in a cross-it-off-your-bucket-list way, but doing it again seriously baffles people. I think, although more extreme, it really is no different than learning to horseback ride in adulthood or taking up a new hobby. My goal is to… Read More
Why did I want to do it? People keep asking. Mostly as a 25th birthday present to myself. But, that doesn’t really answer it. I have dreaded this birthday for a long time. I feel like I should have my shit together by now. Recently though, I have been gripped with this incredible desire to just enjoy life. I guess I realized most people don’t have it together yet, so why should… Read More
I am just as excited today, as yesterday, after being fresh off my jump. I was expecting to be terrified; not love it this much. I waited for fear to set in and it never did, just an incredible sense of wonder. So now, the question is when can I get up again? I had to share these photos, but I will do a full write up later. I hope you can… Read More
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