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Bungee Jumping in Ottawa
There is nothing more liberating then getting attached to a cord, shuffling to the end of a platform and jumping towards the water from a height of 200 feet. #Bungee jumping at Great Canadian Bungee (just outside of #Ottawa) is a must. It is an #affordable way to experience the #thrill of a lifetime and I can't wait to do it again.
You’re jumping alone?
Is someone watching from below?
So, you came all the way out here by yourself?
That’s a first.
It was 7:00 am and this was the conversation between the jump instructors at Great Canadian Bungee and I as they readied me for my jump. They were confused by the fact that I would be going bungee jumping all by myself and obviously it wasn’t something they had encountered before, but they were happy to keep me company while I waited.
It didn’t phase me at the time; I’m used to people being curious and sometimes unable to understand my preference in travelling solo, but I found myself thinking more about it later that day.
Was bungee jumping (more so the act of doing something so unconventional/extreme) something you were supposed to share with other people? Did someone have to witness me doing this? Had it become one of those ‘if a tree falls in the woods’ things? If a Seattle jumps off a bridge, and no one’s around to see it, did it really happen?
To be honest, I did’t care if anyone believed that I did it; I was doing it for me.
If you’re going to go bungee jumping, you should be doing it for yourself, not for anybody else.
However, I can imagine that it would be a great experience to share with someone else. Next time.
Alone or not, I’m ecstatic that I did it and it was probably the most exciting, thrilling, stimulating and intoxicating thing I have ever done. Before I was back on solid ground I found myself wanting to go again. I was addicted.
...it was probably the most exciting, thrilling, stimulating and intoxicating thing I have ever done.
I remember it entirely differently than the video, where it appears to have only taken mere seconds in time.
Sure, I didn’t think twice before jumping off the edge, but I certainly had time to think.
I had time to think as I hiked up the rocky hill.
I had time to think as I ascended the platform stairs.
I had time to think as I listened to the safety instructions.
I had time to think as I was fastened into my harness.
I had time to think as I walked across the narrow grated bridge.
I had time to think as the girl in front of me wailed uncontrollably below.
I had time to think as the large cord was clamped onto my ankles.
And, I had time to think as I shuffled my way through the open gate.
But, they were thoughts of excitement and anticipation and never once did I doubt my ability to go through with it or second guess the decision.
It may have gone quickly, yet it felt like I was easily able to analyse each step.
never once did I doubt my ability to go through with it or second guess the decision
It’s tough to explain, but felt like I was about to jump into a big black hole. I could see my feet and I could see the water below, but somewhere along the way my mind warped that distance into a thick nothingness of void space.
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And I jumped
It wasn’t until I was staring wide-eyed at the the ground below that was suddenly rushing toward me that I connected that void space.
It was my stomach that connected it first.
I was silent as I flew toward the quarry, I had absolutely no fear and I was almost too lost in the moment to make any sound other than a choked “woo!” as the bungee tightened and shot me back up into the sky.
The recoil was just as electrifying as the initial jump.
Just as I thought the excitement was over, I was going back up for round two, three and four. I have never felt as free as the moment that I was hanging in mid-air between rising and falling again, with my stomach in my feet and my arms in the air.
I have never felt as free as the moment that I was hanging in mid-air...
Jumping out of a plane is another incredible feeling, yet slightly overwhelming. The brain doesn’t fully grasp the fact that the body is falling at a morbid speed and tricks you into feeling like you’re flying. You quite don’t get the same rush of adrenaline as you do from consciously making the decision to step off a platform over the visible and quickly accessible ground below.
I may have tricked myself into ignoring that distance while on the bungee platform, but I felt it as soon as I stepped off.
This is why I like bungee jumping better than skydiving.
I will continue to do both of these extreme activities around the world, but find myself constantly day dreaming about the former.
I absolutely cannot wait to do it again and may just find myself making a trip back up to Ottawa specifically to visit Great Canadian Bungee again. It was an incredible experience that I can’t recommend enough.
So, who else had no idea that you could go bungee jumping in (okay, just outside of) Ottawa? I literally only found out that Great Canadian Bungee existed the day before and got so excited that I booked my 7:00 am jump the previous evening at 5:30 pm.
Not only was I shocked to learn that bungee jumping was even available in Ontario, but that it is the highest bungee jump available in all of North America at 200 feet. Impressive.