Who wouldn’t want the sensation of flying? The wind in your face, floating on air, ultimate freedom!
One skydiver described freefalling between 10,000 feet and 3,000 feet as a surreal experience while speaking in hushed, reverent terms. So who wouldn’t want that thrill?
Well … ahem … that would be me. My wife jumped out of a perfectly good airplane while strapped to a parachute and someone who claimed to have jumped before. I watched.
I could barely step off a high ledge to begin a zip line ride even though I knew I was securely fastened. That experience made me fairly confident the airplane doors will remain closed on my flights.
I think open-air flying is best left to experts, like Sandhill Cranes. The beauty of it all is that I can share the experience vicariously. And I don’t have to step off, or out of, anything to enjoy it.
These Sandhill Cranes make it look so easy and enjoyable. Of course if I had the advantage of starting from the ground that might change things … or not.
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