Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it. ~Henry S. Haskins
My Bungee America Adventure!
never have thought in a million years that one day I would bungee jump off a bridge just for fun. BUT I DID IT!!! :)
There are two types of people in the world: the one who’d pass the door when opportunity comes knocking & the one who’d welcome it with opened arms (whether it could be a good thing or a bad thing). I’d like to think of myself as a latter one. I’ve always told myself that ones should always do what they preach and I do my best to live by that motto.
If you’ve been followed me long enough, you know that I am all about staying fit and living a healthy life. I love the outdoor, love adventures, and always am up for a challenge! So of course, when Bungee America invited me to join them on a hike to my favorite place in the SoCal wilderness, The Bridge To Nowhere, and bungee jump off that infamous bridge? You know I’m gonna say YESSSSSS.
After exchanging all the necessary info with Bungee America, gathered all my hiking essentials the night before, and realized that I was about to hike into the mountain just to jump off a bridge (hahaha), I finally got my nerves together and fell deep into sleep till about 4.30AM. I seriously couldn’t sleep any longer even though my meeting time was at 7.30AM. Got up and was out of the house by 5.30AM!!! (What an eager beaver I was!)
I arrived to the start of The Bridge To Nowhere hike as instructed. I’ve been a hiker for about 4 years now and I’ve hiked enough trails to have enough knowledge in regard of what I need to do in case of emergency, etc. Not to mention that I’ve hiked this particular trail many times in the past. I’ve done this hike in a two-people group, in a four-people group, and even in a seven-people group. So I should know this hike like the back of my hand! BUT I felt nervous & excited that morning as I walked up to my meeting spot… only because today was different: I’ll be [bungee] jump off that bridge that I’ve seen so many have done before me.
After registered myself with the group, introduced myself to Kelly, Bungee America rep whom invited me, and acquainted myself with the rest of the “social media” group, we were about to start the hike… but after a safety talk led by Chris & Matt, two of the Bungee America jump-masters. These guys were hilarious! Right from the start, you’d know that you’ll be hiking with a fun crowd leading by these guys. My favorite part of their safety-talk was the “restroom” break. You’ll have to be there to know what I’m talking about.
We started to hike around 8.30AM or so, a lil bit later than expected but then this was the biggest group they had by far (about 100 people). The hike itself was not bad at all on that day. The weather was perfect and the water level was cool and low. Yes, we crossed some streams a few times and got our feet wet… but that was expected. Besides, you’re hiking through the canyon so definitely be ready to get wet in some way or form. A great thing about doing a hike with a group of strangers is that you’ll get to know them as you’re hiking along each other. I’ve talked to a few other hikers in the group and found out that A LOT of them have travelled far to do this hike. Some came from Texas, Arizona, and etc… most were here on vacation and what a splendid way to spend it :)
We took a break at the halfway point. I pointed out the "swan rock" to the group since I’ve hiked here before and am familiarized with the “markers” of the trail. The “swan rock” is much easier to spot when it is slightly overcast. Matt, the Bungee America jump-master, said it reminded him more of a turkey than a swan (hahaha)… and that comment got me thinking about lunch! =D
We continued on with the hike and arrived to The Bridge at about noon time. Bryce, another jump-master, greeted us and gave us a quick need-to-know info before settling ourselves down at The Bridge. After settling down and had our lunch break, Ron, the master of all jump-masters (aka the owner of Bungee America) greeted all of us and talked to us about the history of Bungee America.
Bungee America Trivia:
1. The company has been in business for 23 years & no records of any fatal injuries.
2. They’re the 2nd bungee jump founded company after the one in New Zealand.
3. They use a 4-system bungee cords (a lot safer than one).
4. They use a full body harness system and only let you use the ankle harness if you’ve been bungee jumped with them for 2-3 times (not counting all the jumps you’ve done on your 1st time).
5. They’re considered to be the safest and OSHA certified bungee jump company.
There are more but those are what I remembered most. After schooling us in how to bungee jump properly, the different types of jumps, and how to put our lower half harness on safely, we were finally ready for the fun part… THE BUNGEE JUMP!!!
2 starter jumps: Backward & forward (these were the need-to-know ones for me). There is an advance jump, which is called Elevator that I remember beside some of the other advance ones.
As I was standing in line with my full body harness on, I was getting more nervous by the second. Many thoughts
ran through my mind:
1. "I could’ve said no to the jump but I can’t!"
2. "This is a one in a lifetime opportunity."
3. "Which starter jumps will I do? Backward or forward? Which one is less scarier? Which one will give me a better picture opportunity? (Lol)"
4. "Did I really hike to just jump off the bridge? (Lol)"
So my turn to jump finally came. Aaron, another jump-master, asked me which jump I was gonna do. I told him that I’ll do the backward one (only it seemed less scarier in my mind and I wanted a good photo op! Lol). Matt and Bryce helped me over the bridge and set me up for my VERY FIRST BUNGEE JUMP. By the way, these guys were amazing at pumping you up for the jump. I’m all about having fun & taking risks as long I know how to do it safely. So at the very moment, the safety talk raced through my mind. I went over each step of how to jump properly and whose eyes I should kept contact with while doing the backward jump (You’ll see it in my video, which is to be followed).
They all did the countdown for me: 5, 4, 3, 2…. 1 and BOOM!!!!
"OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG" = the exact thought went through my mind as I was jumping off The Bridge. I screamed so loud and it was such a liberating feeling at the same time. The cord jerked me up and down a few times before it finally stopped moving so that I could be reel back up. While I was dangling below The Bridge, I thought to myself how cool I am right now for what I just did… and I was so glad that I didn’t tell my parents that I was gonna jump off a bridge (LOL).
Once I was reeled back up, Matt greeted and asked me how I felt. I told him that I felt incredible and what an adrenaline rush. He asked me to do an after-jump stand with my hands straight outward. My hands shook a lil bit but not too much. Guess I was more calm than expected. Matt asked if I wanted to jump again and without hesitation I said yes… So they set me up for my 2nd jump, which was a forward jump.
As I climbed over The Bridge again to do my 2nd jump, my body literally FREAKED OUT!!! I was more shakier than I was before. I felt the hesitation. My heart started to beat faster. The thought of me being crazy for doing this surfaced on my mind… and then I did what I told myself to not ever do: DOUBTING MYSELF. I couldn’t believe that I’m having doubts about myself at this moment. I kept saying out loud,
“I can’t do this! I don’t want to do this!” Fortunately, Matt was kind enough to remind me to why I am here today to jump off this bridge. As he was giving me encouragement, I thought to myself that I have to do what I preach!!! Everything I live by is coming at me strong:
1. I’m not one to be defeated.
2. I am a champion.
3. I am a winner.
4. I am fearless.
5. I am one to always take on a challenge.
6. I am here to be an inspiration and a motivator to the rest of the world.
7. I CAN DO THIS! I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!!
Next thing I knew, I was in the forward jump position and I JUMPED!!!
"WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!" = the exact words screaming out at the top of my lungs!
"I DID IT!!!" I screamed out from below.
What an adrenaline rush I had this 2nd time! Wayyyy more than I’ve ever felt in my entire existence. My hands were a lot more shakier this time compared to after my 1st jump. However, I felt like I’ve evolved as a new person. I just did something that I thought was impossible 2nd time around…
I M POSSIBLE!!!
This experience had opened my eyes so much to many things and put many things into perspective. Who would have thought I’d be bungee jump off a bridge this past weekend? I never had that thought crossed my mind!
In conclusion, one should always welcomes each opportunity with opened arms. You’ll never know what may be waiting for you and how it may change you to be a better person. Life is full of opportunities and excitement. So live to the fullest!!!!
THANK YOU BUNGEE AMERICA!!!
***In a phrase by Nike, I #maketherules!
P.S: If you could bungee jump, definitely do it & do it with Bungee America :)