As if you all didn't know, this word is a no brainer for me. Just look at my header!
This actually all began 29 years ago, on my honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico. My then-new husband (now my ex-husband) and I had never even seen parasailing before. We thought about it, then both chickened out. We did, however, try to convince friends of ours, who got married 3 weeks after we did and also went to Acapulco on their honeymoon (copycats!!) that we did go parasailing and they should try it! They didn't bite.
Fast forward to 2007, Ocean City, MD. My 16 year old daughter and her friend go parasailing and again, I chicken out! I tell John, maybe the next time we come to Ocean City! He's a retired paratrooper with the US Army's 82nd Airborne, and he's dying to go!
So finally on September 22, 2010 (a date which will live in infamy... at least in my mind), the day after I turned 55, I did it!!! I soared!!! We went up 800 feet, as high as we could go! I figured what the hell. If I go up 400 feet, I may as well go 800 feet. And I'm with an experienced paratrooper, if we happen to get free of the harness. And I'm wearing a life jacket. And I don't see any sharks down below.
It's amazing how quiet it is up there, except for the wind noises. It was rather blustery up there. This was not long after Hurricane Whatever, and the ocean was somewhat choppy and the breezes were generous.
The ride lasted about 15 minutes, although we were in the boat for nearly 2 hours. There were 5 other couples going parasailing too.
Look at my face!! Oh my!!!
Up we go!
800 feet in the air! Everything looks so small from up there!
Coming in for our landing
That really was quite fun! And I plan to soar again!
I did take a little bit of pleasure, texting my ex to let him know I did it. He said he'd have had a heart attack! wimp.
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