Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End May 18, 2006

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Its not every day that you might decide to jump out of an airplane at 12,000 feet. But this was one of those days.

After a short bus journey from the madness that was Turangi we made our way to Lake Taupo where I was to meet my maker. Aishling had the common sense to avoid doing it, but with me somewhat lacking in the common sense department it wasn't long before I had my jump suit and hat on and was sitting in a plane with a strange man strapped to my back.

I must admit it wasn't scary at all. I thought I might be but maybe the adrenalin was hiding it. After a quick talking to by my insructor the plane takes off and the shutter is closed. No one said a word for the entire 15 minutes it took to reach 12,000 feet. The door suddenly opened and the world appeared beneath us. I was second to leave, but the hair stood up in the back of my neck when the first person went out and you see how fast they fall. It was only a second before she disappeard out of sight. Before I knew it I was edging to the door and my feet were dangling over the edge. Smile for the camera and AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

The plane quickly became a spec in the distance as we tumled and spun out of the plane and the world looked like a giant map. I just laughed the whole way down, I couldn't believe it. It felt more like flying than falling. The freefall lasted only thirty five seconds, but I was so high (excuse the pun) that I can't remember if it felt like a long time or a short time. All I know is that it was unreal.

Suddenly everything became silent as the shute opened and everything just slows down. Time to get you're breath back and gaze at the world below. It was gorgoues looking out over the lakes and mountains. The instructor let me control the shute, you can pretty much go anywhere you want as long as you have the height so I was spinning, turning and diving all over the place.

We landed all too soon and if I could afford it I would be straight back up in an instant. What an amazing rush. I was smiling a giggling to myself for about 3 days afterwards. They gave me a freefall DVD and photos (some attached). I look like a nut job on the DVD , so that one might end up hidden away at home.
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