Jump from an Airplane

On May 19, 2012 I took my 20 year old to Skydive Orange to give him his 2 year late birthday present.  A chance to jump out of a plane!!  This was truly one of the most magnificent things I have ever done in my life.  After experiencing this, I can truly say you have not lived until you have felt the rush of free-falling out of a plane.  While I was in the Marine Corps, I had done many exciting things like Fast Roping out of helo's etc, but nothing at this height in the sky.  I explained that to the instructor and he said to me, "Fast Roping is much more dangerous that Skydiving.  You make a mistake Fastroping, you have not time to correct it.  You make a mistake up in the sky, you have plenty of time to fix it".  Looking back, the most nerve-racking part of this whole thing was the week prior to the jump.  Thinking about what was going to take place built up a lot of anxiety.  Essentially, the fear of the unknown.  The day of the jump was a completely different story.  The people and instructors at Skydive Orange were fantastic, never had second thoughts and I was actually excited about the jump.  I got to watch other people packing the parachutes, watched tandem and individuals landing and getting to ask them about the adventure.  They loved it!!! During the safety instruction the instructor told us if this was a first time jump, what the feeling would be like.  He basically described it as a complete sensory overload.  It was exactly that.  No feeling of your stomach dropping but just a complete feeling of....I'm flying!!  Rush!!  Amazement and beauty!! 

Because we were on a Skybus, we had to do a backflip out of the plane.  This was actually the most difficult part of the jump.  However if you follow the instructions, relax as they tell you to there is nothing to it.  After we stabilized, the person taking the video/photos came up close to me, extended both hands and he flipped over on his back.  This gave him the opportunity to take some great shots!

You can see me going for the photographer’s second hand and once we completely connect, he completely flips over grabbing this awesome shot.

The beauty of this shot is absolutely fantastic.  The day was perfect for a jump, not too cloudy, temperature was perfect and the sky looking amazing.

After I believe 6,000 feet of free-falling which took about 60 seconds, we popped the chute.  Once the chute is popped you, begin to feel gravity like we all understand it.  It was at this point that your stomach can get the butterfly feeling like you are on a rollercoaster.  I’ve felt much worse but it was there.  I did get to control the chute a bit, do some spins and the view at this height while you can actually think about it, see it and take it all in is breathtaking.  As we approached the landing I could see my Corvette off in the distance and it amazed me how tiny it was.

Overall the experience was unbelievable.  I could not stop talking about it for at least two to three days.  My endorphins were pumping through me so hard that I explained the sensation to everyone as “it was like getting the most amazing massage ever”.  I felt so relaxed when I hit the ground and also so small in the world.  Seeing the earth at 13,500 feet jumping out of an airplane was exhilarating but also made you feel almost insignificant in such a majestic, amazing and gigantic world.

 

Now the video was also fantastic and it captures pretty much the whole experience.  The pictures and video were pretty expensive however 110% worth it.  Plus, these guys doing the work have to make some money 🙂

About Adventures in the Burbs (72 Articles)
I'm now considered a survivor. A survivor of what you may ask? For my entire life I have been a walking time bomb due to a visitor embedded in my brain called an AVM, or an Arteriovenous Malformation. I never actually knew I had it. My story of survival is so improbably and spectacular that it is worthy of an entire book in itself. I may have a post in here somewhere on my blog that covers it. In the end I’ve survived a brain hemorrhage, brain surgery and I’ve been left with Epilepsy and Left Side Neglect. Believe it or not, Left Side Neglect has been nothing less than a fascinating experience although I don’t recommend it for the feeble or weak minded. In the end that time bomb exploded yet I’m still here to put my adventures up on this blog and I will never let my survivor experience hold me back from life. Although I’m now considered a “Survivor”, throughout life I have been many things and it seems I have assumed many different identities along the way. For me life has been a zigzagging adventure woven with change and that change has always been good. I’m truly blessed as my life has been nothing short of amazing and my cup has always been overflowing even in the worst of times. I’ve had a good family, good friends, excellent mentors along the way and an amazing wife. Wonder if she will actually ever read this?? I’ve been a musician, a dishwasher, a pizza maker, a break-dancer, a skateboarder, a long haired metal head, a United States Marine, a husband, a father to many, a technologist, a college student, an adventure racer, a businessman, a manager, a leader, a crisis manager, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur, an amateur RV’er, an amateur blogger, an amateur writer, an amateur photographer, a thinker, a doer, a traveler, a wannabe digital nomad, an adventurer, and a remote worker. So as you can see I’ve maintained just a few identities….but what’s in an identity anyway. I know my identity as a “survivor” will not sum up my existence nor define me as a person. My name is Will and I am all of those identities listed above and then some. Hopefully you will join me on my journey. Do take Care, Will

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