I Take the Plunge!
August 22, 1998

I have wanted to skydive for a long time.  I figure if I could do this, there's nothing I can't do!  With the help of Peach State Skydiving, I finally took the plunge.  I did a tandem jump from 10,000 feet.  This allowed about a minute of free fall (an incredible rush!) followed by 6 or 7 minutes on the parachute (a very nice, calm feeling).  I had a ear-to-ear grin for the rest of the day!

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In tandem jumping you and the instructor are basically 'joined at the hip'.  A small drogue is deployed right away (you can see the cord in the top of the picture) to keep you both face down.

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The wind rushing by is very loud.  Strangely enough, I did not experience any sensation of falling.

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The weather was crystal clear so the views were excellent.

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Deploying the parachute - talk about putting on the breaks!  You slow from 120 mph to about 10 mph in two or three seconds.  The wind rush completely stops.  Riding on the parachute was a very relaxing experience.

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Nearly back to mother earth!  If I have any complaint is was that the whole thing didn't last long.

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Back on the ground with my instructor Rick.   Mission accomplished and a great experience!  What next???

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