I apologize for the lateness of this post! When I returned home from this weekend, I had two tests and a paper due and then we were leaving immediately for Easter Break (which I promise to write about this week as well!). This weekend was mostly just sightseeing in Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook, Moreaki Boulders, and Omaru but I did go skydiving in Wanaka and it was amazing!
Here's the play-by-play:
We woke up on Saturday morning and our skydiving adventure was booked for 11 am so Caitlin and I walked around Wanaka for a while with Katie and her mom. The river was absolutely beautiful and the sky was as clear as could be. Caitlin and I kept looking up and freaking out about skydiving but at the same time, we could not wait. At around 10.45 the shuttle picked us up from the I-Site and we were off to Skydive Wanaka. In the car, we watched a short informational video and then started to sign our lives away. We chose our pictures and videos option (promise to show everyone the video when I return home) and then we put into the skydive jumpsuits. Because Caitlin is so tall, the suit didn't reach her ankles whereas the jumpsuit was way too long on me. Perfect pair right? We wrote on our hands - Go Big or Go Home on mine and This is Life on Caitlin's - and then we met our cameramen. They were both really nice and seemed cool. Eventually, our "beautiful stranger" (the logo of the company) came to greet us and ask us our feelings and such. My instructor asked if I get motion sickness and without thinking, I responded honestly and said no. We boarded the plane and had about a 20 minute ride until we reached the 15,000 feet jumping mark. In the plane, we were given oxygen, a hat, gloves, and instructions on how to jump. I watched Caitlin jump first and my stomach then immediately turned into a knot. I was still excited, and I obviously still wanted to jump, I had just been planning this for so long and couldn't believe that it was actually happening. We slowly made our way to the edge of the plane and my guide told me to wrap my legs around his, grab the harness, and lean my head back. At this point, I had no control. The guide pushes you out of the plane and we did a small little rock back and forth before dropping upside down into the sky. You won't believe me when I say this but all I could feel was relief. Nerves had faded and I was flying through the air. Then, once my guide saw that I was loving it, he let me release my arms and we started to do spirals while we were free-falling. This was his reason behind asking me if I got motion sickness. It was the most amazing feeling ever and the views over Lake Wanaka were absolutely breathtaking. I will never in my life have a more beautiful sight than that one. After 60 seconds of literally flying, my guide pulled the parachute and we were tugged back up into the sky a little as it opened. From there, we had a nice journey down while he explained a little about the Wanaka terrain. For landing, we both lifted our legs as if we were getting ready to sit in a chair with our legs sticking straight out and we peacefully slide onto the grass. It took me a second to get up and realize what had actually just happened but I loved every minute of it. Any chance that I get to go skydiving again, I would in a heartbeat. If you ever have the chance, you really should take it. The fear fades but the memories will last forever and it really was one of the greatest times in my life!