Hey Mom - Look.....No Hands!!!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
Trip End Nov 24, 2014

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Flag of New Zealand  , Otago,
Friday, January 3, 2014

When in Rome......do as the Romans do.

And when in Queenstown.....you bungy jump.  That's what they do here.  The town is the adventure capital of the world and home to 3 bungy jumps.  The high schools even give their graduating class each year a free jump each as a graduation present.  A couple of the jumps are around 40 metres high and another is 134 metres.  

Go big or go home.

I went big.  134 metres - approximately 45 stories high!  It's New Zealand's highest bungy jump and one of the tallest in the world.

It was something I was contemplating even before we left for our trip and once we got here, I decided I was going to jump the Nevis.

I booked the jump more than 3 days ago, so the buildup at times this week has been nerve wracking.  Then, today came.  It was pouring rain in the morning, but that stopped a couple hours before my jump.  We went into town and checked in and then we took a 45 minute bus ride to the Nevis.  The bus was quiet with other insane jumpers intensifying the buildup.  Then we got to the place we jump from.  It's basically a box that's suspended in the air by cables.  We had to take a cable car/gondola to get to the jumping point.

As it got closer to my turn, my heart was racing.  Then, the jumpmaster called my name. They put the last minute harnesses/equipment on me and within seconds I was on the ledge and jumping.  It all happened so quickly.  I did my best not to look down much before the jump, but once I was on the ledge I had no choice.

They counted down and at zero, I did a head first dive.

Typically, I'm more of a quiet one, but as soon as I leapt and fell I screamed.  The first couple seconds were an "oh #*&@" feeling, but after that it was kind of relaxing as I fell more than 100 km/h.

Then I bounced.  And bounced a second time.

It was an incredible rush.  At that point, I was supposed to pull a pin between my feet which would separate my feet allowing them to pull me back up to the jumping station right side up.  I tried, but to no avail, so they had to pull me up upside down, which makes for a funny video of me being brought back to the jumping station!!

Getting back to the jumping spot, I have never been so relieved.  I was never worried that the process was going to fail - I was just nervous to look down and actually put myself through the experience.  This is what was putting my stomach in knots all week.

Am I glad I did it?  Absolutely.

And Mom, better you find out this way than if I told you earlier in the week before I jumped.

Anyone can check out the video of the jump by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBpU9h1p5ZU&feature=youtu.be
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mom on

Not a calming entry to wake up to. I much prefer when you post the scenic pictures. I can't stop shaking. (it's already been an hour). Thank God you are safe. Now you can cross this off your list! Done and done!

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