I'm just briefly signing in to share with you all a very special video that is more than a little bit overdue for an appearance on the blog. This video was made by the lovely staff at A.J. Hackett, Cairns in mid July, 2012, on the day that I went bungy jumping. Bungy jumping was simultaneously the most terrifying and exhilarating sensation I have ever experienced in my life. I don't even need to tell you how terrified I was to jump off this tower... just watch the video! It takes me approximately 3 and a half minutes of standing on the edge before I finally take the plunge... it still makes my feet tingle to watch it!
That tower is exactly 50 meters high, which translates to about 164 feet. I know that doesn't sound like much when compared to other bungy sites around the world but when you're up there, it's really freakin high! The site is beautiful. It's nestled in a densely forested area of jungle and from the tower you can see straight out to the ocean! The site also boasts a 45 meter jungle swing which is a really fun option if you're not feeling up to the tower jump.
I a little bit ashamed to admit that this jump didn't actually happen until my second visit to the A.J. Hackett site... I completely chickened out my first time! I finally mustered up the courage to go back the day the we were on our way out of Cairns. I was just as terrified as I look in that video (maybe even more so) but after I did it, I felt so proud of myself for facing my fears and taking the leap. After all, getting out of your comfort zone is what travel in all about!
So, if you ever get a chance to bungy, I highly recommend it. Just bring a good friend for moral support (I had my awesome travel buddy, Christoph -who had already done the jump on our first visit- by my side) and make sure you choose a reputable jump site with a 100% safety record like A.J. Hackett Cairns.
Oh, and while I'm at it, I might as well throw in a couple photos of Christoph and myself on the jungle swing. I think it's worth noting that this swing goes 120 kilometers per hour... and we did it twice!
I got a t-shirt to prove it. Yeah, I'm cool.
P.S. Click the link to my Youtube channel on the left hand side of my page to see a couple more videos from my travels around Australia.