Saturday, September 26, 2015

A screaming good story

Put Bungee on Your Bucket List-0915












Queenstown, 
New Zealand boasts of being the adventure 
capital of the world.  New Zealanders, better know as “Kiwis,” nurture that reputation by delighting is taking risks that most Americans would run from.  Bungee jumping is a must-do for adventure travelers in that part of the world.  There are plenty of places to toss one’s brains around and the two that stand out are Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge and Auckland’s own famous Sky Tower. It’s tough to decide between putting out almost $200 to leap 760 feet off a narrow bridge into near nothingness between a stone gorge with a river….or drop about $225 diving about 630 feet from a concrete and steel observation deck at speeds about 85 m.p.h.  Relax, the Sky Tower is guide-cable controlled so as far as we know brains, not bodies, get smashed around.  The Kawarau Bridge jump has a nice little bobbing inflatable waiting to load stunned jumpers and return to shore.   Once you’re done, you can brag about it for the rest of your life – as long   
 
Kawarau Bridge 
Step One:  Gear up on the bridge suspended between two cliffs, close your eyes and jump.

Step two:  Open your eyes – you paid nearly two hundred bucks to show off!

Step three:  Keep down your stomach contents while your bungee line bounces you close to the river.

Step four:  Just keep hanging there, upside down, while your survival depends on the trusty rafters pulling you in.
Sky Tower 
Step One:  Observe the tallest man made structure in the Southern Hemisphere from afar and remember your bucket list.

Step two:   Get hooked up (after paying a lot of money and taking the elevator up that dazzling height).

Step three:  After you’ve taken the leap, start questioning your sanity as you swing between the steel and concrete.

Step four:  Make sure your friends see you last act of idiocy before you go out and drown your fears in great local beer.