Are you a gravity junky, always looking to take the plunge into your next free-falling fix? As any adventure enthusiast will tell you, location can mean the difference between the so-so and the whoa, whoa, WHOA. That’s why we’ve drawn up a list of a few of America’s best places for jumping out of a plane.
When you put it that way—”jumping out of a plane”—it sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it? It seems counter-intuitive to leap out of an airplane at 13,000 feet in the air. So before we get to the list, here are a few words on the importance of adventure.
The Thrill of it All: The Appeal of Taking Risks
A lot of people out there wonder why so many daredevils find adventurous endeavors so appealing. There are usual suspects, such as the adrenaline rush, the desire to do something impressive, or simply ‘experience’. In reality, there is something far deeper and primitive that drives us toward adventure.
Why have people been forever fascinated by tales of questing knights, pirates on the high seas, or lone gunmen trudging through the Old West? It’s because these stories speak to an inborn desire to walk into the fire for no other reason than to discover if we will come out whole on the other side.
People find adventure in a million varying ways and intensities. For some it can be an adventure to try a new restaurant, while others strike out to unfamiliar, enticing lands.
So what’s the point? Adventures provide you with a chance to learn something about yourself that you can’t learn in any other way. It’s like a show-and-tell game you play with yourself: you show your brain something it’s never experienced before, and it tells you something you didn’t know about who you are.
Basically, adventures provide us with the opportunity to become a more complete person, filled with a broader perspective on our Self and the world as a whole. And there may be no better way to get a really broad perspective of the world than by jumping toward it from way up in the sky.
On that note…
In the Words of Van Halen: Go Ahead, Jump!
Here are a few places that are renowned for their skydiving appeal.
You want beauty? Imagine a 360 degree view of the Pacific Northwest region. Depending on the time of year and the weather, that can include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and the rest of the Cascade Mountain Range, the stunningly lush San Juan Islands, and the impossible wash of colors that makes up the Skagit Valley tulip fields.
From your lofty vantage, you get another sweeping view of mountains, this time the mighty Rockies.
This is a fantastic jump-point for both newbies and the experienced. Jumping from 18,000 feet just a few miles off the Pacific coast, you get a fantastic view of the ocean and coastline.
Once you leave the plane, the view below you is a wash of glaciers, snow capped mountains like Denali, and the crisp blueness of the Cook Inlet.
The main appeal of this location is the fact that you get to fly directly over the Kennedy Space Center. There was a time when you could enjoy a view of space shuttles being constructed while you took the plunge, but they’ve decommissioned all of them. You do still get the chance to see them build some pretty cool rockets. You go down, they go up. Way up.
It’s pretty obvious why this would be appealing. Spread out everywhere below you are the Hawaiian Islands, Pearl Harbor, and the stunningly blue Pacific.
Not only is it a fantastic view, but it’s also the place where they filmed all of the skydiving scenes in Point Break. Enough said.
When all is said and done, skydiving is probably among the most bucket-listed activities, and it’s not hard to see why. Talk about learning something about yourself—what do you think you’ll find out upon jumping out of a plane?
What’s missing from this list? Is there any place in particular that you suggest for a great skydiving experience? Or is there somewhere you’ve always dreamed of taking the plunge? Share your thoughts be commenting below.