Is it a bird, is it a plane, its SuperSarah

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
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Trip End Oct 02, 2005


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Friday, August 5, 2005

4th august 2005

We made our way into Napier first thing this morning to see some of the art deco buildings that line the streets.


Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the world.

Following a massive earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) on the morning of Tuesday 3 February 1931, fires destroyed most of the commercial heart of Napier. The city was rebuilt in the style of that era and by the end of the decade Napier was the newest city on the globe. Full of art deco buildings. We wandered the streets and popped into an antique shop where we came across a set of knives from sheffield uk. After our art deco feast we moved on to lake taupo with a plan to get a skydive done the following day. Once we got there, we booked the dive for the following morning, but decided to go an see where we were to dive from. When we got there, we were dragged into a room, made to watch a video and then asked "right. are we doing it now then?". I couldn't do it due to my fractured heel, but Sarah was all set to go and they kitted her up in no time. There was no briefing apart from "put this stuff on, wear these gloves, get on the plane."

Within 15 minutes of being there she was sent up to the dizzy heights of 12,000ft with 3 other girls all who did as us and just went along to check the place out. Sarah was last to go out of the plane. She slid across the bench, onto the floor of the plane, legs had to be put out of the door (which is easier said than done due to the force of the wind!) and then next minute she was out of the door, hurtling to earth at 200kph. Her stomach turned twice due to the tandem jumper flipping her upside down allowing sarah to se the plane above her, and then flipped again right way up. The scenery was stunning taking in the views of lake taupo and the surrounding thermal springs. It was also sunset which made it all better. The instructor told Sarah to put her hands out, but she didnt at first, then finally did. The wind was just too strong and the glasses were pressing into her head and her mouth and face flapping everywhere with the speed of the fall. The next thing, after 45 seconds the shute went up, and she floated down to earth without a bump appreciating the scenery even more. She was the only one to land without her arse scraping the floor.

The grin on her face lasted the rest of the day and night.
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