PhotoHunt – Wild

Photo Hunters

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!

13 thoughts on “PhotoHunt – Wild”

  1. This story reminds me a bit of something I’ve heard on tv once, when someone was asked if he would ever go parachuting, and he said ‘I see no reason to jump out of a fully functioning aeroplane’. I thought that was very wise. You keep your feet on the ground, please!

  2. Cool picture! I’m not sure if I would dare that!

    My photo is up too. Please stop by my blog and have a look!!

    Have a nice weekend,
    I will exercise for comments!!

  3. I’ve done a tandem jump out of an airplane and it was an amazing experience! I didn’t enjoy free-fall though – however, once the canopy opened and we were drifting down it was amazing. So I can understand why you didn’t enjoy the “flip-flopping” sensation.

    Have a good weekend!

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