Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
129Trip End Feb 04, 2012
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When we got to the swing site, the swing was on hold for maintenance. Some woman was getting really worried that this meant the swing wasn't safe anymore, but I wasn't nervous. I checked in, where I got my weight markered onto my other hand, then went outside for a look around. There was a little swing bride that led out to a covered platform suspended in the middle of a deep canyon, whcih was where you swing from. It looked SO high
Finally it was time to go, so I headed out along the bridge to the platform. An 11-year-old was just getting hooked up with her dad, and the guy counted down "5-4-3" and dropped them without getting to 1! It was crazy seeing them just disappear. After that, all my fear was gone and I was just excited about doing it. A few more people went before it was my turn, so by this time I realized that the operator liked to mess with people, never letting them know when he was actually going to drop them. For me, he told me not to hold the harness, so I was brave and let go. But once I actually had to step out over the edge to hang in the harness, holding on to the harness that would be falling with me somehow made me feel safer. I wasn't scared, just a bit nervous, wondering (but mostly knowing) what it would feel like. I also knew I could be dropped at any second. My countdown went like this: "3-2-1... ..
I had asked another swinger to use my camera to take pictures of me, and he got some good ones along with a video, nice guy. I stayed on the platform a little longer, then headed back to the hut to upload all my pictures and let my mom know I was fine. Then it was back on the bus. Today (4 October) is the first time I've actually looked up the swing's stats. Here they are, quoted from their site:
The World's Biggest Swing
120m rope length (That's longer than a rugby field!)
160m above the river
What fun :)