It’s time to jump back onboard with the weekly Photo Scavenger Hunt now my phone line is back up and running. This week’s theme is “Wild” and I’ve chosen a photo of me doing one of the ‘wildest’ things I’ve ever done … Tandem Parapenting in Nelson, New Zealand!
This was my initiation jump before jumping out of an aircraft, but things went a little ‘wrong’ on the day. We basically ran and jumped off the hillside and my stomach was ‘flip-flopping’ dreadfully, and I absolutely hated it, then the pilot spun us around in a 360deg circle, and we started just peacefully sailing and I enjoyed it again. We had a pretty rough landing by hitting an air pocket and plummeting fast the last few feet, then getting dragged backwards a bit by the wind … and the ground crew came over to us saying “that was a bit hairy, wasn’t it?” … “what was?” I asked innocently … “when the ‘chute collapsed” came the reply … my jaw hitting the ground was my own response! As it turns out that ‘flip-flopping’ was in fact us free-falling … needless to say, I hated the sensation, and to this date you will never ever get me to do that final airplane jump … never ever, nada, zip, no how! And I was the only one of our group that got to jump that day, as the operators decided it was too dangerous to do any more! At least I can say I’ve “been there, done that”, but definitely never ever again!