Finally, some photos from the jump!
First off, you knew I was going to wear some kind of ASU shirt
Here's my niece and I, ready to jump
. Dragon is unflappable! I mean, do either of us LOOK nervous?
Heading to the airplane...
the picture of calm. Nerves? Us? HAH!
That first step's a doozie.
Only 14,000 feet straight down. Of course, a split second after that first step, once you're out of the plane's airwash, the air hits you so fast and cold it will wake the dead! Hell, it might even revive Britney Spears' career!
Right before you jump, this is what you see
. Not just Texas, but the people who jumped before you falling down towards Texas. Hell of a view, huh?
Plummeting towards the earth
at 120 miles an hour. Roller coasters? Child's play!
Deploying the drogue chute
. This is a miniature chute that doesn't do much other than slow us down very slightly, so that the videographer can free fall at the same speed as us. Basically, it's the skydiving equivalent of lightly tapping the brakes.
I think I can fly
. But then, we all know I'm a bit nuts.
Am I having fun? Are you kidding me? This is AWESOME!
Yes, that's my instructor
, the man who has my very life in his hands, covering his eyes. Inspires confidence, don't ya think?
he's reminding me that I might want to check my altitude if, ya know, I want to live and all.
Deploying the chute
. Now THAT'S a hard yank! Good thing I'm a cyclist, and used to things being snug down there!
From way up there
, it was a lovely view of Texas. Okay, pastures and farms in the middle of the sticks in Texas, but still quite a view.
Hey, let's do some spiral turns
! That was fun.
Sadly, we're almost done
to the ground. Well, physically, anyways. As you can probably tell, a lot of my brain and heart are still up there.
Ready for the landing...
Naturally I wanted to land on my feet, as everyone does (and as my niece actually got to do, lucky girl), but the decision on feet or slide is totally that of the instructor. And my instructor decided we would slide. Only thing about him I didn't like.
They're trying to do the post-jump interview, I'm looking around for Dragon.
They finally got to do the interview
. Well, most of it.
It didn't quite get finished, because someone came and gave me a running hug/tackle
, almost knocking me over. Who's the coolest uncle ever? THIS guy!
Man, I love this chick!
I may be the coolest uncle, but she really is the coolest niece. (Shhh...don't tell the others.)