Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hiking and Skydiving in the Smokies

Ok so I didn't actually jump out of a plane (I'm still considering it though), but over the 4th of July weekend Jenny, Amy and I took a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN (home of Dollywood) for a midnight parade, indoor skydiving, and one of the most beautiful national parks. It's so much fun to go south, almost like visiting a new country.

Thing number 12 was to go indoor skydiving. This is where you get suited up like you are going to skydive - jumpsuit, helmet, goggles - but instead you get into a vertical wind tunnel and an instructor guides you as the wind picks you up into the air. It was tons of fun. We have a video that we're working on uploading, so this picture outside the building will have to do until then.

me and Jenny

Thing number 18 was to hike 3 miles on the Appalachian Trail. The day we made it to the trail was cloudy and a little rainy, but there was enough tree coverage that we didn't get wet. The trail was a little creepy at times - narrow and almost overgrown and not very many people. At times we were hiking in the clouds we were so high up.

me with the Appalachian Trail sign
(don't look at my lack of coordination - i didn't pack very well)