The title of this post says it all! On this wonderful “Inspired Wednesday” I’m telling you all about our recent skydiving adventure!!! It was crazy!!!
Fashion wise I opted for basically a yoga outfit because they said to dress comfortably and wear sneakers or running shoes. This is definitely the most sporty look I’ve ever shown you guys of me on the blog!
So for Kevin’s birthday I wanted to surprise him with a fun activity. He had already been skydiving once before on his 21st birthday in San Diego, so I thought “It’ll be great we can skydive together in Northern California!”
And skydived we did!
I kept it a secret the entire time, from when I made the reservation to the day of, literally the only reason he guessed what we were doing is because he was navigating while I drove and saw that we were going to an airport via Google Maps (just 5 minutes shy of when we actually arrived at the airport hanger!).
Surprise kept: check!
He was super excited, and I was super excited but also nervous because technically you’re going out of your way to put yourself in danger when you choose to skydive or do almost any high adrenaline inducing activity.
I did my research before (of course) and found that skydiving is pretty safe, but there are always risks hence why I was nervous!
My instructor was awesome and made me feel at ease and before we knew it we were in a tiny plane, just Kev and I and 8 professional skydivers who were doing an airshow in Monterey. So 6 of them jumped out of the plane which left just Kevin and I and our instructors who we would be jumping with.
And then there were 2 (well technically 4).
The plane kept going higher and higher. I should mention I decided if I was going to skydive I was going to do it big because realistically when else am I going to do this?! And for Kevin’s 2nd time I wanted it to be even more memorable than his first time so I found the World’s Highest Tandem Jump (just to be clear that’s the highest in the whole world!) and we jumped out of a plane at 18,000 feet and had 90 seconds of free fall!!!
To give you all who aren’t familiar with skydiving some perspective in a normal tandem sky dive one may jump out of a plane anywhere from 10,000-15,000 feet and have 30-70 seconds of free fall. So ours was insane!
As my instructor told me to squat walk to the opening to prepare to do our jump I didn’t look down as I was on the edge of the plane…I think if I had looked down I would have tried to back out and/or been really freaked out. But I kept my vision straight forward and before I knew it we were free falling!!
Boom just like that it was happening!
It was a really different feeling not like one I’ve ever felt before. I felt calm, at peace and excited at the same time and had a great time looking all around me…the ocean views were so beautiful and the entire world beneath you looks fake!
My instructor started spinning us in circles which was fun but made me a little dizzy. The free fall didn’t go by that quickly, I feel like I really got to enjoy the experience without it disappearing in the blink of an eye. And then my instructor finally pulled the parachute and we chatted a bit on the way down to our landing back on solid ground.
When we did Kevin, who had jumped and landed before me, ran over to me and we hugged and kissed because we were so happy to have just survived skydiving together! It was a definitely a first for us as fiancées ;)!!
I was so excited and stoked but also a little bit disoriented when I landed. You definitely have to take a breather and recuperate a bit to process what you just did and what just happened!
To me it felt like a dream, like it might have not actually happened…but it definitely did!
If you like an adrenaline rush I highly recommend skydiving!!! It’s a great once in a lifetime thing to try, or if your like our instructors you may get hooked and become a professional skydiver! Some skydive up to 8 times a day and were saying, “Even that’s not enough!” Cray.
Once was enough for me though because it was awesome and now I can cross it off my bucket list :)!
xoxo Sera 🙂