April 15th might be my new favorite day of the year. Well lets be real, nothing beats Christmas, but that is in a league of its own so it doesn’t even count.
For my new job we have to do all of our clients tax returns on top of all of the work that we already do on a weekly basis so it has been a little busier than normal around here lately. But that all took a turn for the fantastic on April 15th when we were finally able to take a breath and relax a little again.
As a reward for all of our hard work our office shut down on Thursday and Friday of this week giving us a blissful four day weekend.
One of my best friends from high school was on spring break from grad school this week so we decided to take advantage of our mutual vacation time and she booked a flight down here! She has been here several times and has done all the touristy stuff so we needed an different kind of activity to keep us busy.
Enter…skydiving. Most people think that I am CRAZY for having this on my bucket list but it is something that I have always wanted to try. Not crazy solo skydiving but tandem skydiving with someone who knows what they are doing.
We were both a little terrified (I think you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t nervous to jump out of a plane) but decided to make the jump anyway.
I did a lot of research to make sure that we were going to a place that had a great reputation for safety. There was a company about an hour and a half south of Nashville that had great reviews and they seemed to really know their stuff. The guys that jump with you are all ex-military and I took comfort in the fact that they are trained to stay calm under pressure.
After a quick training session (the guys that you jump with do most of the work) we were suited up and were ready to get onto the plane. I have a terrible fear of small planes so this was the hardest part for me.
The ride up was quick but felt like it took hours. There were a few solo “fun” jumpers as they called them on the plane with us. When we got to the correct height they opened the door and started flying out. They got to the edge of the plane and then all of the sudden there were just…gone. Before I knew it our turn had arrived and we edged toward the open door. I wrapped my legs down around the plane and then we flipped out into the open sky.
The sensation of free falling was unlike anything I can describe. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. It was cold and the wind hurt my face and it was glorious. It was a rush unlike anything I had ever experienced. When the parachute went out I got a sense of relief and we coasted the rest of the way down to the ground – doing a few spins and tricks along the way.
Now this entire experience was of course captured on a video camera attached to my instructor and I think the final video/pictures are the best part of the entire thing. Think smooched cheeks and lots of screaming. Here are some of the best pictures from the day.
Hilarious right? The first picture is still making me giggle. I promise it was a great time even though I look like I am about to lose it. I would definitely recommend for anyone who is thinking about going skydiving to go ahead and take the plunge- pun intended.
A big shout out to all of the guys at Tennessee Skydiving LLC for keeping us safe and giving us a day I will never forget.
We spend the rest of our day yesterday celebrating life on the ground and I have spent my day today baking and recovering.
I made banana chocolate chip muffins and took a stab at a new lemon bars recipe. If they turn out I will post them soon. Apparently the banana chocolate chip muffins are pretty good though because Waylon managed to steal three of them off of the table before I caught him.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter tomorrow. Oh and cross something off your bucket list sooner rather than later. Life’s too short and I promise you won’t regret it.