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I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless and in this moment I am happy

11 Jun

Where to start with this one…  A few months ago I had a friend ask me if I wanted to go skydiving for her birthday.  This is something that I’ve always wanted to do but never really had anyone around me ready to pull the trigger on actually going (except my brother but he’s been all over the world and we haven’t had the chance to go together).  This time around my friend was asking me because there was a Groupon and when I “accidentally” missed the deadline on buying it a few months back, I instantly regretted not getting it.  Little did I know, this is peak season for skydiving and she couldn’t get her reservation until this past weekend.  On top of that, one of the girls had to bail because of a recent small medical issue.  This is where it all swings back to me.  I was offered her Groupon less than 24 hours before our “jump.”  For me, this wasn’t enough time for my mind to mentally prepare myself for what I was getting into but knowing that I had two friends going who were just as scared was a major relief.

Of course your mind floods with all of the terrible thoughts you can only think before you go defy death and that youtube of that poor 80 year old woman that slipped partially out of her harness replays over and over in your head but as soon as we got there, those thoughts all seem to become more and more distant.  The hardest part for me was that I would be jumping without my friends in the plane because they didn’t have room for all of us in their tiny planes.  They had a few different planes just hot lapping basically as the different jumping groups came throughout the day.  That was one of the most exciting parts, seeing the people landing and how happy they were.  I knew I had made the right decision.

With all of this being said, on this major adventure I had my guide jumper and a photographer with me on my journey.  I jumped at Nor Cal Sky Dive in Cloverdale, CA (pretty much Napa/wine country area).  We used a GoPro which as always are the best option for anything high speed.  All photos below were shot with a GoPro.  Enjoy!

I met my guide, Tyler, and he just told me to follow him.  At this point I didn’t realize we were about to take off.  No real instruction, just follow the man my life was in the hands of.

The photographer, Josh, did such a great job.  He was there every step of the way.

Tyler give me the low down.

This is when it started to get real.  He was explaining how we were going to have to climb out on the wing a bit…  Also, I didn’t even get to say goodbye to my friends!  I didn’t know we were actually leaving haha but that was probably for the best : )

Taking my instructions very seriously at this point.

There’s Josh, I don’t know how he stays so steady but he’s truly a bird of flight.

Loading up.

Just trying to talk it out while we take flight.

He was very reassuring, thank god!

Starting to climb above 9,000ft.

Telling me how it’s all going to happen.

Checking the altitude.

Getting connected to Tyler.  This was reassuring because I could feel the harness tightening which is exactly what you want to feel at this moment.  However, I’m looking out thinking holy $#@! this is really high but beautiful at the same time.

At this point, when the door opened I was terrified!  But also beyond curious.

This is what it looks like to be over 9,000 ft above the earth.

Pretty surreal.

Birds eye view.

Josh climbing out of the plane.

Realizing this is really happening.

Trying to stabilize in the winds up there is so hard!  You also have the heavy hum of the propellers in your ears.

At this point, I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing just a little bit.

Most people say the jump is the best part for all the views.  I just didn’t even want to see the moment I jumped.  I closed my eyes and let him gently guide me out of the plane.

Free fallin’

You know those dreams where you are falling?  That’s what the initial fall from the plane felt like and then as soon as our bodies stabilized, the feeling was indescribable.  One of the most amazing feelings I have ever experienced.  It was also incredibly quiet.  I couldn’t believe it.  I just had my eyes wide open and couldn’t help the HUGE smile on my face.

Above the world.  I don’t have to wonder what it would feel like to fly anymore 🙂

I don’t know how he did it but Josh caught up to us and as we were free falling we were just all sharing this moment of awesome-ness.

What it feels like to go 120 mph with no machinery.  All free fall.

Deploying the chute!

All of the sudden, you are just halted as the chute starts to expand to catch your weightless bodies.

At this point, you really start to enjoy the views as everything starts to slow down.

Another favorite part of this experience for me was turning once the chute has deployed.  It’s one of the coolest feelings to just be swooshed from side to side in the completely quiet skies.  It’s like you’re a feather flowing from side to side all the way back to earth.

Getting ready for landing.

And just like that, I was back on the ground again.  Like nothing had happened.  Except, everything had happened.

I literally could not stop laughing and smiling.  I couldn’t even fathom what had just happened.  I had just gotten one of the most amazing tours of Northern California a person could ever experience.

Feet on ground.

I can’t even explain what this felt like.  However, I can say that I would have been very sad had I not ever done this knowing now how amazing it is.

We also took a few iPhone photos of each other and I thought I’d share those as well 🙂  Below are personal photos.

Gearing up!

Candace gearing up!

Candace coming down!  Since I jumped first, I got to watch them come down 🙂

Both of them floating in.

Sam and her jumper.

Candace and her jumper.

The three of us bonding over this insane moment we shared.

Post jump lunch at one of the most amazing BBQ restaurants in Cloverdale.

Every kind of meat you could ever want.  I mean after all, we deserved it!

What a fun way to end a life changing adventure.  There was nothing notable from the rest of the weekend that could top my Saturday’s event so for the rest of the weekend I just relaxed and reveled in all my dare-devil glory.  After all, doing the scariest things often lead to the most satisfaction.  Not to mention, I never in a million years thought I’d ever say… I’d do it again 🙂

Happy Monday everybody!

Finally the good weather is rolling in and as always I’m out for an adventure

21 May

With the weather coming around this week I was able to sneak out for some adventures and took photos along the way.

On Monday, my friend Chelsea and I were at Starbucks when Jason Derulo walked in.  We were pretty excited that that just so happened to be at the exact time we went out for a coffee.  He was probably at our work doing interviews but we didn’t know about it.  Anyways, he was so nice and chatted with us and let us take a couple photos with him.

On Thursday, Chelsea and I had heard about a bunch of roof-top gardens where you can eat your lunch so we went to check them out.  This one above is on the 15th or 16th floor of a building on Sansome St.  Anyone can go up there at any time and it’s really amazing to be able to look all around (and/or down if you dare!!).  I will get more info on it and post more pictures so if you are ever looking for an adventurous place to eat your lunch in San Francisco, you could be led here!

The next rooftop we went to was only on the third floor but you could look up at all these beautiful sky scrapers!  This pic above is the view up of a famous building in SF that I read is known for it’s “X” framing that is supposed to be more efficient in an earthquake.

This fountain is in the middle of the plaza where we ate our lunch.  This is also my favorite photo of this posting.  It may be hard to believe but this fountain was probably about 8 feet tall and about 12-15 feet wide.  It was huge!This was on Wednesday near Levi Square where you can see Coit Tower and many other beautiful sites.  I know my friends will be mad I used this photo cause nobody knew I was taking it but I seriously love this photo.

That same day, a co-worker brought in all of these amazing Taiwanese treats to share and they were AMAZING!!  I would love to go to Taiwan and sample all of these treats in real life 🙂

I chose this amazing egg treat and the tea.  The tea was so good, it tasty like a milky tea but had these little jelly balls at the bottom.  It’s hard to explain what it was but they were both so delicious and I was so thankful that my co-worker shared with us!

Yesterday, my friend Rani and I decided to go to Pier 39 on our lunch.  I’m so glad I have great friends at work that will geek out with me and be a tourist with me on our lunches.  Since I don’t live in San Francisco but work there, I want to make sure I get to see everything I want to see (if possible in one hour) in San Francisco.  I’ve been to Pier 39 a bunch when I was a little kid but I haven’t been in forever so it was really fun to go back.  It’s such a great area and it’s only about a 15 minute walk from where I work!  This carousel above you can ride for $3.  I’ll definitely need to go back more.  The next sequence of photos are from Pier 39 yesterday.

You can see Alcatraz from the end of Pier 39 and yesterday was such a beautiful day to see it!

Here is Rani and I!

We weren’t the only ones who came out to enjoy the sun.  This was my favorite, all of the seals sunbathing on the docks.  They all are calling to each other the entire time and rolling over each other or swimming freely.  They are such beautiful animals and I love their kind eyes.

More seals 🙂

This seal was swimming around in front of the crowds.  Pretty cute, this guy must have loved the attention.

Walking back to work, they have all of these neat sculptures and Coit Tower is in the background there.

Another free Tuesday at the MOMA!

7 May

I love that all the exhibits had changed around this month.  This museum is seriously so great.  They were also constructing a new exhibit and I cannot wait to see what it possibly is next month 🙂  Here are some photos from this months excursion:

I absolutely loved all of these pieces.  I would love to have something like this in my apartment, so simple but really interesting as well.

These are just the light fixtures in the exhibits but I think they are really interesting.

Roof top garden lounging on a beautiful day 🙂