I have always enjoyed thrill-seeking activities and opportunities since I was a kid.
During my childhood in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I didn’t hesitate to gravitate toward the scariest roller coaster during the Kitsap County Fair or to jump off the high dive at Naval Base Kitsap’s pool at Bangor.
Those activities paled in comparison to what I experienced during my vacation to Reno earlier this month.
Every year, I meet up with Aaron Woitas, a childhood friend, and John Ball, a college buddy, for a three-day weekend in the self-proclaimed Biggest Little City in the World. I’m the only person who flies in; Woitas drives from southern California, and Ball makes the relatively short trek from the Bay Area.
When I arrived this year, I told the fellas I wanted to try bungee jumping. Ball said I was crazy, but Woitas said he would do it if I did.
We took a short taxi ride from our Silver Legacy Hotel to the Grand Sierra Resort and, much to my chagrin, we discovered bungee jumping wasn’t offered.
However, the consolation prize was almost as good. It was the Ultimate Rush Swing, which consisted of taking individuals 185 feet in the air before a free-fall, during which participants come within 10 feet of the ground before they soar back into the air in a swinging motion.
We watched a few groups ahead of us and decided it was well worth $25 per person.
The scariest part wasn’t the actual drop, it was the slow ascent to the top of the structure at 185 feet in the air. As we elevated — and the people on the ground looked smaller — I said to Woitas, “You can see all of Reno from up here. This is crazy.”
Once we reached the top and were locked in position, all I had to do was pull the cord once I got the go-ahead from workers with a megaphone below.
Literally a half of a second after they gave me the green light, we were off.
During the first few seconds of the drop, I couldn’t even yell as the ground inched closer and closer.
Once we began to swing upward, I unleashed a few boisterous phrases.
Ball, who watched Woitas and I participate, recorded video of the entire event with his iPhone 5. By the end of the day, at least 10 of our friends had seen it.
It was something I will never forget. Now I just need to find a place to try bungee jumping.
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