Parasailing!?

Motor Man finally got me to go.

Several years ago, he had been parasailing during a trip to the Bahamas, and although he has a fear of heights, he really liked the experience. My thought had always been that I hadn’t really ‘lost anything up there’, so I didn’t need that adventure.

But Motor Man is always doing things I want to do: horsedrawn sleigh rides in sub-freezing temps, driving up on the beach to see the wild horses, stopping me at antique shops, etc., etc.  So I thought it would be nice to do something adventurous that he wanted to do.

Our friend, Bev, went with us as a spectator/photographer.  Here we are, in the harnesses and life jackets, waiting our turn to fly. There were two other “duos” who flew on this trip; Motor Man and I chose to be last.

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All too soon, our time came.  The first mate, Ronnie, clipped our harnesses to the bar, and we sat down on the deck of the boat.  The boat gently moved from under us, and we were off. (Smiles can be misleading.)

 

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During our flight, I wasn’t as much scared as I was uncomfortable.  I felt that if I let go of the death grip I had on the straps, I would tip backwards.

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Meanwhile, unbeknownst to us, Ronnie was having a little fun with the passengers on the boat – at our expense. (It was a toy.)

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We were up for probably ten long minutes, and then, it was time to land. I had forewarned Ronnie that my legs would most likely be weak, but the landing was smooth, and he was right there to help.  The other folks who flew had opted to get dipped in the water as they were landing. Our captain had asked before our flight if we wanted him to dip us.  I replied: “You dip and there’ll be no tip!

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This, folks, is a (genuine) smile of relief once we were back in our seats on the boat.

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Back on shore, Bev took a picture of us with Ronnie and our Captain, Rusty.

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When I posted the “teaser” picture on Facebook Monday afternoon, a friend asked if I would go parsailing again. My reply: “If they can figure out how to get me up there in a recliner”.

Seriously, though, we flew with Kitty Hawk Kites out of Manteo, North Carolina, Everyone there was friendly and patient with us and anxious to help us have a fun time.

How about you? Ever been parasailing? Would you go if you had the opportunity?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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22 responses to “Parasailing!?

  1. BRAVO! Great photos……looks like quite an adventure but even though I have no problem climbing in and flying around in our Cessna 150, parasailing is NOT on my “bucket list” !! Proud of you two for going though!

    Hugs, Pam

  2. Brenda Hodgson

    Looks like fun! We would try it!

  3. I have been waiting and waiting for your post and to see the pictures! I cannot believe you did it and for the best of reasons too- fair play! It looked like a smooth well executed adventure and even though I have height issues. It is always something I wanted to try, but could never get anyone to go up . Now I can get the Flying Wallenda Keens to go with me!!

  4. Even though you both look as if you’re having fun, someone would have to chloroform me to get me up there. If I were conscious, I’d faint and definitely fall!!
    You both have a great sense of adventure!!

  5. Would I go? in a word…NO!!!

  6. Not a chance in a really hot place. JR sure can be persuasive!

  7. You did what?!
    Oh, you’re brave!

  8. Probably not.

  9. You brave girl! I bet Motor Man was so happy you chose to be daring with him. Parasailing does look like fun…it’s the doing it over deep water thing that scares the daylights out of me. My hubby and all of my kids had a blast parasailing a number of years ago together while Mama sat on the shore safely watching. 😉

  10. Good for you! Love the pictures!!

  11. Rock on!!! You would never, ever get me up there though!!!

  12. You dip & you get no tip … nice ; )

  13. You are so brave & the pictures are wonderful. Not for me though
    in this lifetime!

  14. Wonderful photos and super good times. What great memories and adventures you and MM share.
    I’ve never been parasailing, I haven’t really considered doing it one way or another. Can’t say if I’d go or not, I guess it would depend on the day and my mood… and my health.. and my courage… and, and, and… lol 🙂

  15. You are a brave and daring couple! And why am I not surprised? I love the photos of the death grips and the guy with the toy knife, and all the big smiles. What a wonderful adventure. And no I have never been parasailing and would opt out if given that opportunity. 🙂

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I give you a very polite “NO”! I am glad you two had a good time, just not mine and Chuck’s cup of tea. Nice job you two!!

  17. NO!!!! Not now, Not ever! I don’t think that I’m as brave as you are. But, that afternoon was SO MUCH FUN!!! Loved looking for and finding horses. You and Motor Man are the BEST hosts!!!!!

  18. I would do this if it was not over water. Oh wait—that would not work, would it? I admire you—-I loved your write up about your adventure and love that you did it for Motor Man. What a trooper you are.

  19. What a great adventure and you showed marvelous courage!! Yes, I would try it.

  20. In spite of your fears your big smile shines through 🙂 well done!! MJ

  21. I think I might like to try it, but hubby says “NO.” I think it’s nice that you have the option of dip or not.

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