Saratoga Skydiving Adventures

Most people think that jumping out of a plane is insane, they’re probably right. It’s completely counterintuitive and unnecessary. Maybe I am crazy, but there is a whole business devoted to lunatics like me, people who dream of skydiving. It’s something that has always been on my bucket list, and this fall I finally took the plunge with Saratoga Skydiving Adventures [288 Brownville Road • Gansevoort, NY 12831]. You’ll see the little planes as you walk in and it may hit you then, you’re really doing this.

DSCN3210Get all suited up and go through your briefing. If it’s your first time you’re going tandem. Get ready to put your complete faith in your instructor, your fate is no longer your own! After surrendering to that mindset, I was was zen as could be on my plane ride up.

DCIM100GOPROG0053000.You fly towards beautiful Lake George, the Adirondacks in the distance, and the dizzying mosaic of homesteads below.

Screen shot 2015-10-26 at 6.13.43 PMIt may not hit you until the plane door actually opens at 9,000 feet, and there is no turning back! This is what you’re here for, and taking the dive is truly wild.

Screen shot 2015-10-26 at 6.06.02 PMYou freefall for just 30 seconds – a pure adrenaline rush unlike anything else.

Screen shot 2015-10-26 at 5.52.03 PMWhen your parachute finally deploys you glide for about 6 minutes, peaceful, serene, back to where it all began. Back to earth you’ll feel free as a bird and high as kite, barely believing what you just did. But you did it, and if you get the video recording you’ll be able to relive it over and over again.


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