Skydiving in San Marcos

Trip Start May 06, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, June 25, 2006

This is where I was introduced to the sport of skydiving. I am non current these days because I didnt get to jump with the winds I was grounded for a month and never finished my certification. I was at AFF level 6 and had 11 jumps 10 solos as of Jan-25-2007. I cant wait to start back at it.
This is my myspace blog of the first jump...

All I hear is "BUZZZZZZ!!!" And the green light jumps to life. Then with a loud WHOOSH the door is opened. As I waddle to the front I see a 3 people plummet toward the earth so quickly that it is hard for me to decide if they were ever even people at all, or if they were always those tiny little specs fading away into nothingness.

"Hope youre ready Todd cuz here we go!" Albe screams in my ear as he reaches for the support bar over the open hatch.

He gets a loud, "hell yeah I'm ready! Lets do this!"

Then comes the count. "Ok on three." He says to me as he starts to rock with each number in big swooping motions as if to help build momentum with which to propell himself out of the roaring opening in the wall.

"One!........On three ok?.......Two...WHOOOOOOO!!!!"

There was no three.

On two the two of us drop like stones. Racing toward the earth at 120 mph. It really feels like you are flying when you are 12000 ft up, or maybe floating is a better word. You can see forever from up there, and you feel truely free. Free from worry, from doubt, from responsibility, from society, from people, from the entire world. I was even free from Pierre and Albe even though they were there with me. We were all three of us filled with the freedom that the open skies provide.

Close to three quarters of a minute later, I feel a jerk and my stomach drops as if on a rollercoaster. I look up, and see the canopy is eating away at the sky, till only the edges contain its trademark skyblue hue.

I have scarcely felt such peace and awe as when I looked out at the horizon whilst dangling from a few tiny chords attached to a giant nylon bag. I was completely humbled by the size of our world and the beauty of life. What a miracle life is. We play but a miniscule part in the sceme of things, and yet we can do so much.

"Welcome to my office, my friend." Albe says to me, breaking the silent serenity of the ride. We share lazy conversation during our feather like decent back to the earth.

My adrenaline is pumpping again within a few minutes when we prepare to land and do some circular maneuvers and swoop toward the ground at incredible speeds only to be lifted at the last minute and gently placed back on the hard Texas dirt that they call grass.

I relive the whole event on video after Pierre edits the footage. What an experience!

Walking back to my car I decide then and there that if I want to do something, anything, its getting done. Why wait? Live your life now, and to the fullest. Dont miss out on all it offers you. Do what makes you feel alive and do it often. Excuses are useless, they should be used less. Now days life is all about choices. Choose choices that let you live all your days now.
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