Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I took a month off after my #5 husband passed away, and this is the trip that I always dreamed about, my husband did too. So I decided to pack some of his ashes and take him on the trip with me. I tucked him into a secret spot and carried him everywhere.
My first stop in my travels was Auckland, New Zealand, all I can say is wow, I could have easily stayed there and never seen the same things over. There is so much to do and see. I arrived and headed to one of the premier backpacking places to stay. ACB Backpackers, Auckland Central Backpackers was the best one I have to this date been in as far as amenities.
The city of Auckland is tall and beautiful as far as cities go. As I walked down the side street to the hostel this giant tower looked back at me, somehow calling to me. As the sun went down and the tower was lit with a beautiful display of colors, it kept calling. My room-mates told me that the SkyTower has a jump. I emailed the folks at home to take a poll: I sent them the info on the tower and asked if I should jump. The reply was unanimous, Jump. It is taller than the Eiffel Tower, the largest tower of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 600 feet above the city. My roomy Keren was very supportive, (we stay in touch) she was a traveler from Mexico City, we spent time together on a City Tour.
The next day I signed up for the SkyTower Jump, they were running a special, two jumps for the price of one. Hey what a deal. After spending the prior evening exploring the Tower and the views I was convinced to do this.
Bright and early the next morning I got myself ready to go. The crew at the Tower told me to get there early, the cool breeze from the Antarctic gets worse during the afternoon. I put on the special suit, up the elevator with my guides, I walked through the back of the restaurant and crawled outside of the tower, the tower is so high that you can feel it swaying from side to side. Here I am outside the wind strong enough to knock you down, now I still have to walk the plank to the end. Now I know how the pirates felt, all they saw was sharks circling. I was so high I could hardly see the people on the street, I could see the big bulls eye they painted on the pavement. I didn't see any splats on the ground, but from this height who can see anything. It was a beautiful view. Don't they say not to look down, oh my, don't look down, ha to late.
The SkyTower crew attached me to the cables, they told me that their job is finished. I have to jump on my own. A little push would be helpful. I let go of the hand-rails and began to fall. Wooooooooooooooooo! Don't know what I was thinking on the way down, but when I hit the ground a group of pre-schooler cheered for me, was that because I am still alive. I stood there for a moment pondering the thought, wow I just defeated death itself. I thought about it for another minute and climbed back to the top to do it again.

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  1. 1 comments: Responses to “ NEW ZEALAND SKYTOWER JUMP ”

  2. By Anonymous on June 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    This one officially declares you the most insane woman on the planet. Don't argue with me about it either. I love you and I glad you didn't splat. Now, don't ever do that again.