I ain't gettin in no plane fool!
28.08.2007 - 28.08.2007 27 °C
So I woke up with 3 bites that looked like bed bug bites, they were all in a line, strange thing is I've already had one night in that bed and nothing bit me!? Anyway they aren't itchy so all is good.
Today we head back to Vancouver from Kelowna which isn't too far away and on the way there is an opportunity to Skydive. I already knew this was an option but it depended on the weather, it was blazing sunshine there was no ducking out of it....I signed up......
So I'm at 3085 meters about 10000 feet in this old camo'd up plane with the teeth painted on the front thinking this is ok I feel good....then the door slides open, which I'm sat next to, and it hits home that I'm about to exit a perfectly good aircraft. I'm sat between the legs of a guy half my size who tells me I have to get up onto my knees, this is a pretty tight space and the door is open so I do this very very carefully. Thankfully I'm not first to go as there is someone in front of us. The guys swings his legs out the door his instructor gets into position 3..2..1..they are gone. Now it's my turn, I manouver into the sitting position, legs out the door. Your instinct is telling you to hold onto the sides but you have to cross your arms and your legs as you exit. So with just the hooks attached to the instructor for support I'm hanging out of the aircraft door. Ready? he shouts, I nod, go........ I'm out, shouting profanities as I see the ground below my brain goes "what the hell are you doing?"
Wow! the first 4 seconds are total free fall and your heart is in your mouth, then the instructor taps your shoulder and you have to put out your arms, by now he's released a kind of mini parachute that helps steady us and stop us flipping over. We fall for another 25 seconds and I'm grining like a cheshire cat, then he pulls the cord and it's time to enjoy the scenery, I can see Vancouver and Vancouver Island plus Mount Baker and the Sea it's an amazing sight.