She jumped out of a plane.
With a parachute and a guy attached.
He was the jump master.
The day was a hundred times better than the
last time she was scheduled to jump.
This time it was in the mid eighties
and the humidity was much
Not everything about the flight was
While Mom really enjoyed the view
she was quite upset in the stomach
when they got back to the ground.
I hear this is fairly common and was probably made
worse by the fact that it was late afternoon
and she hadn't eaten anything since breakfast.
Or, could have just been the fact that when the
time came to leave the plane Mom's hand
got all rebellious on her and
refused to let go of the plane.
Remember the guy who was
attached to her?
He pried her hand from the plane.
She was jumping.
And that was that.
The landing was not picture perfect but
since no one got hurt it was just fine.
We'll take it.
These were taken before the dive.
This is Mom's jumpmaster.
He was a very nice man
who must have nerves of steel.
Sure, he looks nice...and all...until you don't let go of the plane. :-)
For some reason Mom wanted her photo taken with her grandchildren.
Not her daughter....????
All thumbs up!!
Gotta love the bonnet.
This is the plane....
Five people go up...
Five people come down.....
One in the plane.
Shelly was the other jumper in Mom's plane.
She had also planned to jump on our original
day but wasn't able to either.
I have to tell you that while Mom's experience did not
leave her wanting to do it again
Shelly felt very differently.
She was radiant when we met up in the training
trailer for post flight stuff.
I see more jumps in Shelly's future.
And they are off.
A small crowd had gathered waiting anxiously until the representative from
the parachute club came to escort us to the landing zone.
We heard the plane and began looking for it.
Of course it was in a spot where looking at it
also gave you a direct view of the sun.
After a bit someone observed
the humor of this view and asked if
we were all worshiping.
Pretty soon we heard the tell tale stop of the plane's engine.
That is the sign that four of the five on board were leaving the plane and
would be appearing shortly.
This was what we saw......
A queasy but relieved Mom.
I'm proud to be her daughter.
Now, hopefully, she'll limit her adventures to mission
trips where she "just" eats scary stuff and uses
unusual transportation.... on the ground.
Of course, In El Salvador they had armed guards...
and not for the fun of it.
Good thing we know that God is in control and won't let
Mom go to Heaven until it is her time to go.
She seems to have a very adventurous spirit.
Bet her guardian angel is exhausted!!
Emma and Joseph each enjoyed their second dives on this day, as well.
I happened to have company from out of town who were
sweet enough to come out to the airfield with us. They had
been so patient and so
we didn't stay for Emma and Joseph's jump.
That out of town company?
A bloggy friend from New York and some of her family and friends.
I'm dying to tell you all about it but this post
is already long enough.
It will just have to wait and make for another post.
Now it is feeling quite late after this very busy weekend
and start to this new week.
Hope you have enjoyed this adventure vicariously.
It was enough for me.
I still have no desire to Skydive.