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Throwback Thursday: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s… Me?

Hello friends! It is good that you are here. Today, we are changing things up a bit. (WHAT?!) Yes. I am writing to you this morning from the bustling city of Winnipeg, Manitoba! I decided to head south to visit my husband for a few days, who has been flying out of Winnipeg for the last week or so. (Did I mention he is a pilot? No? Oops! He is a pilot.)

Alright, so where does that leave us for this fantastic Throwback Thursday? Well, I have some ideas…

A couple months ago, I was on the edge. “How did I get here?” I pondered to myself over and over as I looked out at the world around me. It made no sense. Everything in me said it was not even a remotely logical decision. But alas, it had come to this.

Andy and I had known that we would be down in Winnipeg for a couple days. He would be flying most of the time, but we also knew that we had some time to adventure. One of our friends/coworkers was also in Winnipeg and told us of his plans for the weekend. The adventure he had on his mind was something we had always wanted to do (It was written down on our bucket list and everything). All we had to do was just say yes and we could mark that sucker off. So, we of course said yes. Plans and preparations were made and that was that.

The training course was not bad at all. They had us watch a video and told us the dos and don’ts. Then, they informed us that we would go one at a time. So we did. Our friend went first (since it was his idea). After about forty-five minutes or so, he came back in one piece. Good.

Then, it was my turn. Yes, I volunteered. I suited up, got in and we were off. My instructor and I went through the drill again and again, just to make sure I had it all down pat.

After what seemed like an eternity, it was time for my cap and goggles (I think I could have started a new fashion trend with them). The door opened and for the first time I realized how high up 11,000 feet really was. Regardless, I thrusted my legs out, carefully placed my feet on the step, and leaned back as instructed. The question of “How did I get here?” continued to run rampant in my anxious mind. But it was too late. Before I could object or second-guess my deicison, we were out of there. I was falling from the sky and it was glorious. When eventually the parachute deployed, we just soared above the prairies. The clear blue skies, the surrounding fields displaying their Autumn colors, and the sun nearing the horizon in the distance. It was picture perfect – a moment for the books. I had just gone skydiving!

Now, some of you would never dare to go skydiving. That is perfectly okay. It definitely is not for everyone. But for those of you who have been on the fence about it, just go! Free-falling from the sky is both utterly terrifying and beautifully fulfilling. There is really nothing quite like it. And for those of you in the Winnipeg area who are looking for an adventure, check out Adventure Skydiving in Steinbach! It is the place to be for those of you who are crazy enough to just say yes!

Would you go or have you been skydiving? If so, where? Please share in the comments below! 🙂

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Skydiving in Steinbach, Manitoba

 

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