Monday, April 28, 2008

Fly me to the moon like a....out uh´ Crampton!!!!

As I´ve told so many of you any various times throughout my life, my one wish of all time, hands down, without a doubt, would be to be able to fly like Peter Pan. Yes, I realize that sounds cheesy, but whatever, get off me, that´s how it is, I WANNA FLY PEOPLE!!!! I´m here to tell you that this weekend, it went down, straight up “pixy dust in the middle of Neverland” style. Me and some of the crew headed off to a place called “Cuchi Corral” (I know, what a name right, :) in La Cumbre. After a 15 minute drive down a mountain road we end up on the top of a mountain where it´s as though the top has been cut off. There were a good handful of folks, not to many though, just enough to give the atmosphere that background action you need, and wild jokers flying around with parachutes all over the place. This sport is called paragliding, and no I´m not talking about the parasailing you do down in Panama City on Spring Break with the ole boys, PARAGLIDING, quite an upgrade from “parasailing” in my opinion. It cost me about 60 bucks for a 30 minute flight and Hallelujah!!!, every last bloody cent was worth it. Here´s how is went down: Toti, my guide in the most recent pictures I sent ya´ll, strapped me up, attached himself to my back (cause you know there´s no way in Hades I was gonna try something like this the first time bymyself), and we began to wait. Here I am chillin on the side of a mountain about 15 feet from the Cliffside sweating like a joker as anticipation about blew me up. As so as the right amount of wind hit, Toti launched our shoot, we start running toward the cliff and proceed to jump off the side “acid trip suicide” style and BOOM!!! The sensation of standing on the ground and sensation of gravity is gone. People, this has made it into one of my Top Five greatest experiences of MY LIFE!!!, true story. Because I´m out in front of Toti and he´s driving, I have a view absent of cables for 200 degrees. I´m literally flying through the middle of the sky, and the only present sound is the wind blowing. The only thing I was missing was the green hat with the feather and set of green tights and I would have been the real deal Pan. We´re zooming through the mountains, at times less than 20 feet from the mountain side, while other moments we approach some overhang and I feel like the wreck in the sky is gonna take place, but Toti works his pilot magic and we zip up real quick like “Airwolf” (reference for you old schoolers) and pass over the overhang smooth as can be. This was crazy, at one point, no more than 10 feet away these two Condors decided to join us. Make note, I´m now not only flying through the sky but hanging out with two Condors as if we´re about to have mid air tea time, absolutely ridiculous. I could continue to elaborate on the details of this Rocketeer-esque journey but I have class, the good news is I made a couple videos of the experience I´ll share with ya´ll upon my return. Much love to my people, I´m giving another shout out the most recent comments, I LOVE EM!!!! AND LOVE ALL OF YA´LL EVEN MORE. I´m outta here!!!!

6 comments:

Jenny and Missy said...

Wonderful retell...oh look, I'm on your blog...like a TRUE friend...hey I know what you mean about Dustin not answering the phone, he's blown me off 3 days in a row now...LAME. Lovin' here in Costa Rica and enjoying dappling in the Spanish. I did the blog thing due to your recommendation: nomaditas.blogspot.com . GRASSY ASS, come up and see me!

Erin A said...

What in the WORLD boy!! You didn't tell me you went paragliding! That's outrageous, and I'm soo jealous of your 'flight' it's ridiculous. I bet you had your fair share of adrenaline running through your veins that day, lucky! The closest thing I've come to that here lately is riding the Acrophobia ride at Six Flags.. which previously I may have boasted about that to you, but now my little adventure doesn't hold a match to the crazy stuff you've been up to. See you back here soon.

Anonymous said...

Sweet man, sounds intense. Look up the flying saints when you get a chance maybe you can identify with thier experince. Can't wait to see you, peace. Ted Marcus

Cary said...

Well Peter Pan it sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I will continue to check back for updates. Have fun and behave yourself. Oh you wanna know something funny. When I read the part about you singing and playing I just pictured us sittling in Yassons driveway with your beard. That only lasted a little while longer, Diana.... Haha

Cary

Anna said...

Dude man, this is even better than the rally! I would shit my pants. I kinda wanna try it though...you only have one life, right? Keep on having the time of your life!
Annie

Rachel said...

Jonah! I saw your comment on Shawn's blog, I really wish you could have come with us, it would have been all the more enjoyable for sure! Did you see the road trip picture I drew that Shawn posted? I don't know if you noticed or not, but you're in that picture too! The little stick man down in South America, that's you waving at the world. I'm enjoying reading about your adventures! How much longer will you be down there?