February 10, 2009

Diving into Life

So, today I turn 26.  The first 1/4 of my life is over.  I had to think of some amazing way to celebrate.  Then it came to me!  Skydiving!  There is no better way to celebrate my life than to hurl my body out of an airplane at 18,000 feet.  Last Saturday, that is exactly what I did.

I just got my harness and I was ready to go!

I was so pumped!  That is my instructor, Mark, sitting behind me.  He was so amazing.  Mark pointed out all the landmarks and he even let me steer the parachute on the way down.

This was my first look out of the airplane.  If you look in the bottom left corner you can see how far down the ground was.  18,000 feet is the highest tandem skydive in the world, but it doesn't really hit you exactly how high that is until you're about to jump out of the airplane.

This was the view I saw.  Monterey, CA is so beautiful.  It was the perfect place to jump.

There we go!

The free fall was 90 seconds.  That doesn't seem very long until you are falling and falling and falling at 120 mph.  Then you start thinking, "Shouldn't the parachute have opened by now?"

But just then, the parachute opened.  Thank God.  After that I could just really enjoy the ride down.  It is so peaceful and quiet up there.  The world is so beautiful from this perspective.

Here i am drifting back to earth.

The landing was a lot softer than I thought it would be.

I didn't get nervous about what I had done until it was all over.  I had both feet firmly on the ground when it hit me...I just flew through the air at 120 mph!  Whoa.  The whole experience totally blew my mind!  Even as I write this, it is still blowing my mind.  I can't imagine anything that could top my 26th birthday.

The Quote for the day:

"...and once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return."
-- Leonardo da Vinci

1 comment:

Genie said...

My Dad's girlfriend did this to celebrate her 50th (I think) and she was SO glad she did it. We all have to watch the video again every single time a new person comes into the house over the holidays.

Your friends and family may be glad that the video camera broke on the way down! But you do have those fantastic photos!