Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

After an almost sleepless night for me (Jackie) I woke up at about seven am and decided we should just get on the road. So after waking James (with a few objections to getting up so early) we were on the road to Queenstown with plans of bungy jumping!

We made it to town around noon (after almost running out of gas along the way) and decided we should find a place to stay first and ended up just a bit outside of Queenstown. We ate some lunch, showered and headed back into town to look into our bungy/swing options.

We ended up booking with the AJ Hackett company and James booked both the Nevis bungy (the highest in the world) and the Nevis Arc and I just booked the Arc (we also decided to do the Arc tandem). The Arc is a 70M free fall and then because the ropes are attached way ahead of you you swing out to the other side of the valley instead of springing up like the bungy jump. Apparently you can get to 150km/hr....we were pretty excited, and of course James was stoked for his jump.

It's the big day!!

We left our campsite around 9:30 and headed into town to wait for the bus to bring us up to the bungy area. Once we got to the bungy site we had to be weighed and fitted with a harness so that we wouldn't accidentally fall to our deaths as we were transported via a little cage out to the suspended platform. I (James) was the 4th jumper in our group and it was nerve racking seeing them drop so far so fast, but when it came my turn I didn't hesitate and was very excited, because how many times do you get to throw yourselve off a perfectly good platform with a big elastic band wrapped around your legs. The jump was amazing and I would gladly do it again (here I come Hong Kong, world's highest bungy at 220m, this one was only 134m). The only thing that makes me mad is that I was video taping myself while getting fitted and hooked up, but just as I jumped I accidentely pushed the stop button on my camera and missed my entire fall!! Damnit.

After I was done with my bungy we headed over to the 'World's Largest Swing' which was what Jackie and I were doing tandem. We watched a couple of people do it and they dropped and swung really damn far. So when it was our turn we got someone to videotape us while we were getting suited up and strapped in. Jackie during the whole thing had a perma smile on her face and didn't have to be drugged or held down to get the harness on, which was a good thing. When they finally suspended us over the edge we decided that we were goin to do it upside down so we flipped upside down and stuck our legs around the cables and waited for them to drop us. It's pretty crazy being upside down and staring into the bottom of a gorge 300m below. When they finally let us go the world went whipping by at such a fast rate it was hard to judge how far you've gone until you look back and see the platform looking a tenth the size it was before. When we were finally done swinging and being pulled back up Jackie said that her face hurt from so much smiling and my eyes were red from so much blood being forced into my head so quickly.

We ended up buying the pictures of our jumps and also got free hats and t-shirts as well before we headed to the bus and back into town. All in all it was an amazing day and hope it happens again!!!

Later that afternoon we headed out of town towards Haast on our way to the west coast.
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