We arrived at the field just before 6 pm on the evening of my jump. A few friends were coming to watch. I wish I had invited more people but it didn't really occur to me that many people would want to come. But those that did had a great time and others have said they wish they had come.
First you get about a 20 minute talk on what to expect and do. Well first you sign your life away - hopefully not literally.
Then you start to get geared up. Jaxon wasn't too thrilled when I first had the jump suit on and seemed a little leery of me. My husband decided he was going to ride along in the plane but everyone else was staying on the ground. So in the plane would be myself, my husband, the pilot, my sky diving guide, and a guy who just wanted to jump.
The flight to get to 12000 feet took about 20 minutes. It was a beautiful ride and it was fun to look at all the familiar sights from a different perspective. I still wasn't nervous although the thought of the plane door opening was in the back of my mind......always. I had asked Ole (the guy I was diving with) if anyone ever chickened out at that stage and he said, "Well if you say no, I hear go and off we go." Yes! I wouldn't have to work up my nerve, he would take care of it.
This is before the jump. I look just a little bit excited. The guy behind me is doing a solo jump.
Now I need to move toward the open door. When you get there you balance your feet on something. It's not easy with the wind plus it was very cold. I really mean.......it is not easy to balance your feet. In fact it is impossible!
I'm still smiling but I can't quite believe I am choosing to do this. Going out that open door into the clouds does not seem possible. If it was up to me I would still be sitting there but I heard Ole counting to 3 and then there was a forward motion and we are out of the plane.
My cousin told me when he did it 15 years ago they had to pry his fingers off the door sides.
Maybe that is why they have you cross your arms now.
This is my OH SHIT moment. I'm not so sure any more but there is no turning back.
The free fall is completely awesome. It lasts about 45 seconds. I would have no idea of the time other than that I was told that ahead of time. We were going 120 M.P.H. He had told me to keep my chin up and arms out.
Then Ole pulls the first parachute??? not sure of the right terms and we slow down and it's time to look around. The photographer comes to me and grabs my hands - to get some close ups. I really liked this part a lot. This lasted a decent amount of time.
To say it was gorgeous was putting it mildly and yes I could enjoy it and look around. If you look closely you will see I am smiling widely in almost every picture. When I watched the video last night with some friends, I must have said 30 times, "It was so much fun."
He pulled something down to let me steer a little. At least I think this was when it was. I need to do it again to figure out when things happened.
You begin to be able to see through the clouds. We did some fun turns but no flips. I almost wanted to but didn't want to get nauseous.
At this point Ole is tapping my shoulder as a reminder to look at the altimeter on my wrist. When it is at 5(5000 feet) I am to pull the ripcord (but if I don't he will.)
When I pulled the ripcord would have been my next Oh Shit moment and I dare say I screamed. You are yanked upward rather suddenly before it stops and you begin to descend.
Our goal is to land near the flag. I am told to keep my feet up. This landing worries me as much as anything as I do not want to jam my feet into the ground and mess up my ankle again.
Gorgeous. This is where I do a lot of biking.
You land butt first and slide in.
I cannot adequately describe how wonderful this jump was. I CANNOT wait to go another one. This is not going to be a one time thing. It may be awhile but I will go again.
It was very special to have Jameson there to be part of it. It did emphasize how far away Emily is but I've been lucky she's been close by for so many years.
My husband is back down from his airplane ride which he loved. It was a great evening for all of us.
There is also a video that came with all the still pictures.We'll see if I can insert it. If not the link will be here.
Then there was a keg of Switchback which everyone had been drinking while I was flying. It was the best beer I have had in my life!