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

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Friday, January 3, 2014

When in Rome......

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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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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