3 .. 2 .. 1 … JUMP!
On Monday May 28th, Jason jumped off the top of a 70 ft tower at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Bungee jumping gives the most incredible rush of adrenaline and it keeps pumping long after the jump. The park has three set times for bungee jumping at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm. Jason decided to just go for it and bought a ticket for the 1 pm jump. The anticipation of the jump builds all day as you wait for your scheduled jump. A small crowd begins to form around the base of the tower as the jumpers wait in line to be harnessed and sent to the top of the tower.
In order to jump, you must weigh between 80 and 240 pounds and you are sent up to the top of the tower by your weight group. Before any one is allowed to jump the employees run a couple of test jumps. The jumpers watch as a jump happens before their own eyes. Seeing the tests jumps may get the jumper pumped up or the jump or increases that feeling of “What am I doing?!”. The jumpers are harnessed at the bottom and the first group is sent up the 70 ft tower. Once at the top of the tower you are told that there are three different ways you can jump. The first is facing the ground and you step off the edge, the second is with the back facing the ground and you are told to lean back and the third is to dive. You are also told that if you are really afraid they will let you hug the little yellow pillow as you jump. You are also given the option of the being pushed off the edge if you can not make the move yourself. You are also told that you shouldn’t hesitate and think about the jump because you are going to end up talking yourself out of jumping.
The second group is finally sent up to the top of the tower and Jason is that much closer to bungee jumping for the first time. Jason decided to make the jump with his back facing the ground. Even the his back was facing the ground, he looked behind his feet and the ground. It seemed as though it was getting farther away with every second that he stood there. With adrenaline pumping through his veins, Jason made the jump at the count of three. The crowd cheered as Jason fell 70 ft from the top of the tower. He stretched out his arms in victory as he made a safe landing and completed an amazing goal.
When the jump was over with and as we were walking away, Jason admitted that it was over quicker than he could even realize that he had jumped. He said it was worth the $10 dollars to jump but that it was enough that he wouldn’t pay to do it again. It was over before he could even think about what was happening. As we finished walking through the adventure park, his heart was still pounding and the adrenaline was still running through his veins.