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Jump Cairns


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Way to go to The Husband on his first jump. Addison did great! He says he wasn’t at all nervous or afraid. Last night when we played back the dvd there was a moment just as he left the plane when you could see him catch his breath and his expression waver a bit. That was probably the moment when the liquor or medication wore off and he realized what he was doing. 😉
050405One of the best parts about jumping Cairns was that we both got to jump with our friend Bob who used to live and work on Guam. You might know Bob from episode 4 of Survivor: Palau. He was the bloke on the plane who judged the SOS Challenge. Isn’t that awesome? Bob and his family will be stopping on Guam for two days on the way home to Australia from a trip to the States in June and it’s looking like they will stay at our house. We really want to repay him the favor he did by extending a fabulous discount for our jumps. The package we each got (14,000ft/dvd/photos) would’ve normally cost about $500AUD (about $387USD) and we got it for a ridiculously low price. Tandem masters get paid per jump, and my guess is Bob didn’t get paid for either of our jumps. Skydiving isn’t cheap, but it is something everyone should try once in their lifetime if they are able to.
Jumping Cairns is beautiful. You can see the Great Barrier Reef and sugarcane fields stretching south as far as the eye can see. The dropzone is actually a small clearing in the middle of a sugarcane field. The next time we’re in Cairns I plan on jumping Mission Beach (about 2 hours south of Cairns) because you land on the beach. Most of the time, anyway. I’ve heard they occasionally miss the beach and land in the water. Either way would be cool.
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Gently back to earth
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8 Responses

  1. brent says:

    THAT ROCKS! thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. inna says:

    u make me wanna do it again!

  3. Annalynn says:

    Josie –
    Looks like you guys had an awesome vacation. How long was the flight to Austrailia?

  4. lostgal says:

    Thanks for posting more about your jump Josie, it looks awesome, I really think I want to do this one day, and landing on a beach would be the best.

  5. Brian Que says:

    So Josie, even with the parachute on and everything, do you still hit the ground pretty hard? I always wondered.

  6. Josie says:

    Inna and lostgal, go for it! haha
    Annalynn, the flight is about 4 hours and we are in the same time zone.
    Brian, the landing is actually pretty soft. This recent jump was amazingly soft compared to my first jump, and my first jump was fine. I think it depends on the tandem master as well. Are you going to jump?

  7. Brian Que says:

    Me jump? Not anytime soon… maybe one day when I build up the courage.

  8. carolyn says:

    everytime i see your jump pix..just WOW! how fun!

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