|scenic lookout point on the way to Queentown|
|beautiful mountains surrounding the town|
The next morning was the highlight of the trip. Daniel, Thomas and I signed up to go bungy jumping at Nevis, New Zealand's highest bungy (at a height of 134 meters!). After an anxiety-filled bus ride, we finally made it up to the mountain, where we were fitted for harnesses and sent in a cable cart out to the bungy site. One at a time, we put on ankle cuffs, got strapped into the bungy equipment, and waddled out onto the ledge before jumping. Standing on that ledge in the few seconds before the jump was the most terrifying experience of my life. There was a moment of doubt that my mind would be able to overcome its survival instincts and hurl me off of a cliff attached only to a small cord, but when the time came, I leaped off with no hesitation. And let me tell you, that 8.5 second freefall was the most exciting 8.5 seconds of my life!
|the cable cart on the way out to the bungy station|
|Thomas, me, and Daniel on the bungy station (photo courtesy of Daniel Solway)|
|getting strapped onto the bungy cord|
|I failed at pulling the cord to release my feet and had to come up upside-down. Whoops!|
And finally, enjoy a (somewhat shaky, sorry!) video of my jump!