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Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
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And when in Queenstown.....you bungy jump. That's what they do here. The town is the adventure capital of the world and home to 3 bungy jumps. The high schools even give their graduating class each year a free jump each as a graduation present. A couple of the jumps are around 40 metres high and another is 134 metres.
Go big or go home.
I went big. 134 metres - approximately 45 stories high! It's New Zealand's highest bungy jump and one of the tallest in the world.
It was something I was contemplating even before we left for our trip and once we got here, I decided I was going to jump the Nevis.
I booked the jump more than 3 days ago, so the buildup at times this week has been nerve wracking. Then, today came. It was pouring rain in the morning, but that stopped a couple hours before my jump. We went into town and checked in and then we took a 45 minute bus ride to the Nevis. The bus was quiet with other insane jumpers intensifying the buildup. Then we got to the place we jump from. It's basically a box that's suspended in the air by cables. We had to take a cable car/gondola to get to the jumping point.
As it got closer to my turn, my heart was racing. Then, the jumpmaster called my name. They put the last minute harnesses/equipment on me and within seconds I was on the ledge and jumping. It all happened so quickly. I did my best not to look down much before the jump, but once I was on the ledge I had no choice.
They counted down and at zero, I did a head first dive.
Typically, I'm more of a quiet one, but as soon as I leapt and fell I screamed. The first couple seconds were an "oh #*&@" feeling, but after that it was kind of relaxing as I fell more than 100 km/h.
Then I bounced. And bounced a second time.
It was an incredible rush. At that point, I was supposed to pull a pin between my feet which would separate my feet allowing them to pull me back up to the jumping station right side up. I tried, but to no avail, so they had to pull me up upside down, which makes for a funny video of me being brought back to the jumping station!!
Getting back to the jumping spot, I have never been so relieved. I was never worried that the process was going to fail - I was just nervous to look down and actually put myself through the experience. This is what was putting my stomach in knots all week.
Am I glad I did it? Absolutely.
And Mom, better you find out this way than if I told you earlier in the week before I jumped.
Anyone can check out the video of the jump by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBpU9h1p5ZU&feature=youtu.be