WNJ Exclusive: Free falling from 2.5 miles high over the Garden State
Photo credit: Freefall Adventures
By WNJ Correspondent Dana Patterson
Have you ever dreamed of jumping off the top of the Rocky Mountains right here in New Jersey? Then picture this - plunging from a petite plane from 13,500 feet above ground at 120 miles per hour. In the distance, views of Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love,” and the Atlantic City skylines fly past at breathtaking speeds.
It is skydiving, and New Jersey can hardly get wilder than this!
I enjoyed my first skydiving experience this past weekend – and it will not be my last. Free falling through the clouds is one of the most liberating, yet fretful feelings I have ever experienced. Add a little bit of rain, and it feels as if small needles are pelting your body as you plummet. After about a minute passed, we reached 5,000 ft, and I reached for the cord on my right side to release the parachute. We slowed down to about 30 miles per hour and cruised over the landscape for about five minutes before preparing for landing.
While sailing with the chute, I was captivated by the landscape as the sun began to set in the distance, and the skies began to look like orange and pick cotton candy. After a smooth landing, the adrenaline from jumping ran through my body for several minutes as I absorbed the extreme reality that I just accomplished one of my lifetime goals.
Freefall Adventures is located in Turnersville, New Jersey, about 20 minutes south of Camden. For more information on skydiving, visit www.freefalladventures.com.