SKY­DIVE OVER THE WEST COAST

Getaway (South Africa) - - Travel - – WEL­COME LISHIVHA

The 25-minute flight up was so scenic that I lost my­self in the lus­ciously green patches of farm fields that make up Malmes­bury, and the view stretch­ing from the Ceder­berg, Ta­ble Moun­tain and Robben Is­land through to Cape Point. While I was en­joy­ing the spec­ta­cle, Fred strapped him­self even closer to me, like ‘sit on my lap’ kind of close – I was happy that I wasn’t go­ing down alone. Just as I got back to en­joy­ing the view, sud­denly the door opened and I could hear the sound of the heavy wind. Jean-Jac­ques leaped out first and held onto the wing of the plane, wait­ing for me to jump so he could cap­ture the mo­ment. Holy shit – it all just started hap­pen­ing. And it was hap­pen­ing fast. ‘Get your feet out,’ said Fred over the roar­ing wind. Look­ing out way down, I wanted to say, ‘You mean I should phys­i­cally put both my feet out­side of an aero­plane in the sky?’ – ex­cept there was no time to con­tem­plate back­ing out of what I had soberly signed up for. So I re­luc­tantly put out one leg. ‘Let the other leg out,’ he shouted. All I knew at this point was to do ex­actly as I was told. So I put my other leg out into the sky, and we dived. We were spin­ning at first, fall­ing into a stun­ning mas­sive green patch­work, the ground mov­ing closer to our faces. Soar­ing through the wind at that speed made me feel like Su­per­man, which to be hon­est was the real rea­son I’ve al­ways wanted to sky­dive. Then the para­chute opened and there was si­lence. We were go­ing down much slower now. It was only when the wind and speed slowed that I could ut­ter words, and I had my first mo­ment to scream with pure excitement and joy. With the para­chute open and know­ing for sure that I was not go­ing to die (at least not from this jump), and that I was go­ing to be okay, I looked around and tried to take in the mo­ment. It was all too good. And so I got back to scream­ing, ‘This is sooooooo good!’

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