We had to find something really special to do with Stuart's mom while she was visiting us....so we took her to iFLY to try indoor skydiving!
iFLY's amazing wind tunnel creates a cushion of air that lets you get the feeling of free fall without having to do something crazy like jump out of a perfectly good airplane! I won't try to explain all the geeky science behind it but you can check out their website to see how the technology works.
Both of the kids wanted to add a "High Fly" experience to their flight so we paid just a little more for the experience and they got a special stamp on their hand to remind their instructor that they were extra
We went through a training class. It was very straightforward and even Rachel who is only 6 years old got the most important lesson - the four hand signals that the instructor will give during the flight. He will motion to straighten your legs, bend your legs, lift your chin, and relax. Easy! iFly states that even children as young as 3 can fly.
Everyone got geared up in their flight suits. Aren't they a cute bunch!
Here's a video of Nicholas' first flight at iFly (remember you can't see the video if you are just reading this through email. You have to click over to the actual blog to see them!)
And on the second flight is when the instructor takes them on the "High Fly" where they go WAY, WAY, WAY up in the shaft! Oh my goodness! It looked like so much fun but my mommy instinct was still cringing for my little guy.
Here's the video from his second flight! Doesn't it look amazingly fun!!!
Rachel was next. She had good form in the beginning and showed us a few smiles. She's only 6 years old so she was really brave to even try this!
I think she may have gotten scared when she flew a little higher but she did great. I'm so proud of her!
Here's Rachel flight video:
Here is Janet's first flight video:
I am so proud of her! She was excited about trying this from the moment we mentioned to her. How many grandmothers want to experience the feeling of skydiving? Not many that I know! She is Super Grandmother in my book (and she even looks like it in this picture!)
She did great and had a smile on her face the whole time!
Here's her second flight video. Notice that as she enters, Dustin looks over at Stuart and asks him (through hand signals) if he should take her up on the High Fly! He shook his head no...but oh how funny of him to ask! That would have been quite a surprise!