A "Different Way" to see Fox Glacier - SKY DIVE!
Trip Start Feb 22, 2011
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(From Missi's Journal)
Today I did something I never dreamed I would dare do. In fact I would have sworn to you I never would, never-the-less I found myself suiting up, boarding, and taking off in a tiny prop plane . . not to be landing in the plane. Aaron and I headed out and up with beautiful views of Fox Glacier below. Once we were at 12,000 ft, it was time to open the hatch door and jump out. WHAT?! Wait, what are we doing again?! It was windy, very windy, and I watched as Aaron and his tandem jumper seemed to be sucked from the open door and disappear instantly . . and it was our turn. I scooted my butt forward toward the open door of the plane. We were in the clouds.
As we tumbled and flipped through the air, my stomach flipped and my lungs yelled, and my eyes were opened wide taking it all in - wow - what a rush! We were falling and FAST! Here it gets hard to describe - it was just SURREAL. You know something "not right" is happening, but your brain has no references for what's happening so it just seems UNREAL. You see the earth coming towards you and you are falling at 120 miles an hour, but aside from the air being thin it doesn't feel like falling should. I loved every second of it - just an amazing rush and an amazing ride down on the parachute.
After our dive we went and had beers with a couple who had jumped just before us. We all just elated from the experience, and were quick to agree that it was AWESOME!