Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sky Dive (10000 ft) in San Francisco

Now days, because of globalisation world has came very close. People travel a lot to different countries/places for study, business, work, leisure, etc. Journey by aeroplane has become very common thing.

I was on one such journey......

It was wonderful evening on Heathrow airport of London and I was waiting for my connecting flight to San Francisco (SFO). Because of time zone changes, I was feeling bit drowsy but still surrounding environment was so much refreshing that my sleep ran away. I started roaming on airport while listening to music. Finally boarding announcement happened, "Flight BA-285 going from London to San Francisco is ready for boarding..." After completing boarding formalities I moved into plane. Within 15 mins plane was ready to take off. As usual captain of plane welcomed us and gave some safety instructions. I have observed one thing while giving safety instructions they always tell us about oxygen mask, life jacket and emergency exit door. My seat was very close to emergency exit door. I carefully listened to instructions, fastened seat belt. Plane took off and got settled at one height around 30,000 ft moving at constant speed. By this time all people had got adjusted to atmosphere in plane and got busy in their own entertainment like reading/watching movie or sleeping.

[View of Heathrow airport.]

Journey to SFO is like your going from one end of world to other end. If you look down from small window of plane, you will find that down there is huge blue pacific ocean and above there is infinite sky, somewhat blue and bit orange in colour. Some point on the horizon both sky and ocean are meeting like true lover.... :)
I was enjoying all this heavenly dream world and suddenly one apsara of heaven came and served me a dinner.... I mean one beautiful air hostess served me dinner.. ;)

After having some dinner I felt asleep quickly. Guess, what dream I saw??? Don't know why? may be because I was close to emergency exit door or captain's words had some deeper impact on my subconscious mind, In dream, I saw that there is some issue in engine of plane, It's going to crash and we all have to jump out of plane. Captain is continuously making announcement about it. There is tensed environment in plane, everyone is wearing life jacket. some people/children's are crying. oh... God..!!! Plane staff and some brave passengers are trying to make everyone comfortable and ready to face the situation. Captain is clearly saying "Yes, you all have to jump and suddenly emergency exit door opens....."
I was tensed in dream and suddenly realised that someone is saying, "Sir, would you like to have coffee???".... ah.... what this??? It was coffee time. Sweet sound of apsara took me out of that horrible dream. I saw that everything is normal and everyone is enjoying journey nicely.
"ah....... Yes... Please give me glass of water and coffee".... I replied. After having coffee I became relaxed and started watching movie...but just imagine if that situation in dream was true then ......"What would have made me/you to jump out of plane???"... just think about it.....

Hey, But why am I talking that dream now??? ah... if you are with me till this point then please hold your nerves for some more time.... :)

It was usual beautiful and bit sunny morning in California and I was on my another journey........

We were moving to Monterey bay as a part of our weekend activities. As usual Chandra Sir was on driver's seat and I was enjoying climate and listening to music. After enjoying long drive of 35 miles we reached "skydive surfcity, Aviation way" near Monterey bay. oh.... Aviation way??? what we are going to do on small airport???..... ah.... yes, actually I had planned to have Sky Dive from 10,000 ft... wow.... feeling excited? even my feelings were same when I reached there. Volker, an extremely experienced and nice instructor welcomed us. Sky Dive is the most thrilling and at same time dangerous adventurous sport. After completing initial formalities, Volker gave me all the instructions about the sport and I got familiar with different action/precautions I need to take during the Sky Dive. I wore harness and got ready for the dive. Finally with lot of enthusiasm I moved to aeroplane with Volker. Mike was our pilot. While gossiping with Mike and Volker I became comfortable and developed some confidence that "Yes, I can have safe dive with Volker."

[Myself and Volker having some nice time just before boarding the plane.]

Mike started engine of plane, we sat into plane and action begins.... slowly plane started moving towards runway..... 3....2...1.... plane's speed increases and within few seconds we left the land and started moving in diagonal direction towards sky. Climate was quite Good and we were rapidly gaining height. I was really excited about this activity but at the same time bit nervous as well. I liked enthusiasm of Volker, he was really nice companion. We both were screaming like crazy. while moving up, volker attached myself to his body. Finally we reached height of 10,000 ft. Volker was giving me breathing instructions in case of emergency, I listened to him carefully but I was bit comfortable.

Now at 10,000 ft plane was stable, Volker opened the door and we were ready to jump out. I took my feet out of plane, Volker was just behind me. As soon as Volker indicated, I remembered my all sweet close peoples and jumped out of plane, hhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuu.......... we did one back flip and what??? I was floating in air, yes, I was experiencing free fall from the height of 10,000 ft. ah..... speed of air was too much but still I was screaming like anything..... I was fighting with air and coming down rapidly... oh God, What an experience it was...!!! After sometime Volker opened parachute and free fall finished. Now we started floating with the help of parachute.... "Hurraah...!!!!.....Yes..... I did it...!!!" For sometime I took control of parachute and slowly started coming down, While coming down from that height I could see awesome view of Monterey and Santa Cruz beach and some hills around that area. Monterey down-town have lot of old structures which represents old US culture and having birds view of all these things was truly divine experience..... After screaming a lot and seeing this divine beauty, I just became speechless and nicely landed down.

[Myself, enjoying free fall with my instructor Volkar.]

Volker and myself were very Happy.... he was saying, "Sandy man...!!!... you are brave, have bit stronger heart..." yah.. but one thing I should definitely mention that his friendly nature made my dive bit easy... Reader friend, I hope you enjoyed dive with me..... :)

Hey, I again want to raise the same question, "What would have made me/you to jump out of plane?"... just think about it.....

After having such a out of world experience of Sky Dive, we went to Monterey beach. We roamed there around the beach till evening and enjoyed nice environment with some nice photography.

[Among all the pics, I liked this pic a lot.]

Till now if your with me then I have raised one questioned twice in two journey's and in totally opposite situation.... Question is, "What would have made me/you to jump out of plane?"..... I am sure your thinking about it... More or less to some extend activity is same in both cases but in one case it created intense fear in mind and in other case with some nervousness you enjoyed it like anything...!!! ..... Are you Still thinking about it??? Ok...just do one thing, close your eyes for some time and in both cases try to realise your feelings while jumping, Probably some things are best just for realisation.... :)


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1 comment:

  1. awesome video yaar....yes you did it..!!
    go on dude sky is yours..!!