2009 10/10

I jumped

If you’ve been following me on this blog, Twitter, or Facebook, you’re probably sick of me talking about skydiving.  If that is the case, then you won’t want to read this post!  Because, Ladies and Gentlemen, I did it!  I finally jumped from a plane.  And I’m too pumped not to tell you all about it!

After a cancelation due to weather two weeks ago, and the weather deteriorating since, I wasn’t holding my breath that we would be jumping at all this year.  So, I checked the weather as soon as I could see October 10 on the ten day forecast.  I checked every day.  Twice a day.  It started out hopeful.  Sunshine and 60s.  Then it turned to clouds.  Then rain.  Then clouds again. Finally, it was forecasting some sunshine and 50s.  So we might actually be doing this!

Then, last night I saw this:

Screen shot 2009-10-09 at 9.33.09 PM

So, we might actually be doing this!

Finally I checked Twitter this morning, knowing that if we were getting canceled they would post something pretty early.  And this is what I saw:

Screen shot 2009-10-10 at 9.21.24 PMUmm, we’re actually doing this!

First I must tell you this:  Thankfully our dear friend Sara, who was over here visiting her family and whose husband was taking care of her own kids for the afternoon, was willing to babysit our girls so we could go.  Without her willingness I’m not sure how we could have gone today!  Thank you Sara!!!!  A thousand times, THANK YOU!

So we took off this afternoon with Aaron and Jodi to Allegan.  After getting coffee (we showed up too early for our appointment) and filling out all of the paperwork, we were ready for our training.  We only had three things to remember and even then I was starting to panic about whether or not I would actually remember what I was supposed to do.  But this is why I’m being strapped to another person, who hopefully knows what they are doing!

We got hooked into our harnesses, boarded the plane, and away we went.  Tim and I got to go up together and our instructors were awesome!  We cruised up to 10,000 feet in a very cramped, very small plane.  I honestly don’t know how 4 grown men can fit in that thing (plus the pilot) because I was hurting about five minutes into the ride up.

After we reached about 9000 feet, the instructors hooked on to us and at 10,000 feet Tim was stepping out onto the little ledge on the plane.  And he was gone!  My turn.  I was amazed at how much effort it took me to step out onto that ledge.  Not because of fear but because of the wind!  I was so glad I didn’t have to hang on for long because I’m not so sure I could have.  After Harley (Instructor) and I were on the ledge I let go and then he rolled us backwards into our free fall.

The free fall was amazing.  Loud.  Windy.  Cold.  Have I mentioned that when we jumped at 10,000 feet that it was only 18 degrees?  Did I mention that it was snowing?  I had ice building up on my goggles during the free fall!  Oh, and that we were “floating” around at 120-140mph?  Yay, that’s pretty fast to have snow flying at your face.

Thirty seconds or so later Harley pulled the cord and we were floating under the canopy.  Amazing! (I am going to use that word a lot here.)  It felt so surreal.  I had absolutely no concept of height or speed or movement.  We were just floating.  Everything below me was so beautiful.  So still.  It wasn’t until we started to do some spins that I felt the speed.  Then we landed and it was over.  I have no idea how long we were up there.  How long we were floating.  But it felt like it went by so fast.  Like waiting in line for a rollercoaster, the anticipation building, and then, after the 2 minute ride, you’re left in awe and wanting to do it again!

The best part was sharing this with Tim.  I got to see him jump and float below me and land.  I am so excited that we got to jump together!

Would I do this again?  Absolutely.  I’m pretty sure I already made that clear.  Although I would go a little earlier in the summer when I wasn’t getting pelted with snow and ice on the way down.  Honestly, though, the feeling I had when we landed on the ground was one of euphoria.  I wanted to do this.  I said I was going to do this.  I did this.  I did this!

Am I going to turn into an adrenaline junkie now?  No, not any more than I already was. But I would jump again.  I hope I get the chance to jump again.  And I do want to put bungee-jumping on the to-do list!

Ok, here is the video of my jump.  I have a shorter video of just the free fall in real time but we’ll just do this one for now!

Skydiving (1) from Stacey Lynn on Vimeo.

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  • WOW! You look so peaceful during the entire thing. Looks like it was such a great experience. :)

  • You finally did it! Awesome. You can now answer “yes” to the “Have you ever been skydiving?” question when you get new life insurance. We are changing our policy and I JUST had to answer that question, and thought of you.

  • Yay, I should probably not update our policy any time soon. They’ll probably want to cancel me or something. At least I should not mention my blog so they can’t read about all the death-defying things I want to do!

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